Bungie Community Manager Eric “Urk” Osborne responded to player concerns Sunday that Destiny will have only one location to explore per planet. The upcoming PS4, Xbox One, PS3, and Xbox 360 sci-fi MMO-like shooter will have enough content to keep players entertained and not just on the competitive multiplayer side.
The Destiny beta only gave a small glimpse at the final content that will be available in the final version of the game to be released on September 9. Data mining efforts have already uncovered seven different “destinations” split between five planets, the moon, and the asteroid belt.
There appears to be enough content to keep Destiny players busy for a while based on Osborne’s response to a NeoGAF thread where members voiced their concerns about the amount of content.
“‘Destiny’s’ pretty big. It’s the biggest game we’ve ever made, by far, and we’re sort of known for making games you can play for months, years, and even decades if you’re a little bit… dedicated.
“With ‘Destiny,’ we’re looking to exceed what we’ve done before, not just in terms of scale – the Moon is our smallest destination – but in terms of scope and breadth of activities. That’s true for day one, as you expect, but it also means we want ‘Destiny’ to have super long legs.
“If we’re fortunate enough to have you playing months after launch, you still find lots of compelling stuff to do. That will manifest itself in a myriad of ways, from straight up content to cool activities we’ve yet to show off.”
This implies that Bungie will add content to Destiny even after the launch. The next statement from Urk appears to confirm that.
“We think we did a decent job supporting Halo, post launch, but we were only ever able to cater to the competitive set. That left a lot of players out in the cold. That made a lot of the team grumpy. We wanted to do better. So, Destiny is philosophically built support every type of player, and all modes with ongoing activities and events. We look at it quite a bit like television programming, as opposed to a singular film, as we had in the past. We think it’s gonna be pretty great, but we wanted to test out a bunch of our new stuff with Beta, to make sure we could flip knobs and levers live, reacting and responding with lots (and, ho boy, did we see LOTS) of players online and playing.”
The question for players is whether this additional content will be free or paid DLC. A Destiny Expansion Pass was already confirmed to bring two pieces of DLC content for $34.99 — The Dark Below and The House of Wolves. Of course, the news that Playstation owners will receive exclusive content within the DLC caused complaints from the Xbox side.
Will there be additional “free” content made available? That’s definitely a possibility, but it seems unlikely it would come in the form of new locations given the amount of work involved.
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