Destiny players are getting the Sparrow Racing League this week as part of an update to the PlayStation and Xbox shooter. Some fans are wondering about the future of the game and had questions for Bungie during the PlayStation Experience this week in an IGN interview. The response was unfortunately vague, but one line was perhaps particularly revealing.
There have been no details about future expansion beyond the expectation of either a full sequel or The Taken King-level of expansion to be released September, 2016. Additionally, a Season Pass for DLC content is also missing, suggesting a lack of paid DLC releases, and Bungie isn’t ready to share details yet.
When asked if there will be “traditional” DLC for Destiny, Community Manager David “Deej” Dague said: “Right now we are doing Sparrow Racing. As for what Destiny Year Two holds, that’s for a later announcement.”
This was followed by a fan question asking about the content plan going forward. Would it be more limited access events like Sparrow Racing League and the Festival of the Lost, or will there be larger content drops, similar to The Dark Below and House of Wolves, too?
“The Live Team is fully in charge of what happens in Destiny Year Two. They’ve got some tricks up their sleeve. Right now, it’s Sparrow Racing League. We’re having a lot of fun surprising players with new and interesting experiences. We’re having a lot of fun doing things they might not anticipate; things that will change the way they relate to the game and the characters in the Tower and just the living world of the game itself,” Dague responded.
“I’m actually having a lot of fun surprising the players with those moments and I’m going to leave those announcements at a later date,” he concluded.
The last question in the brief Q&A segment was whether a new class could be added to the game in the future beyond the current Titan, Hunter, and Warlock classes. Dague was understandably vague here and said it was a possibility.
“There is nothing but a world of possibilities that we can design on and iterate on. I think if there is one thing we’ve come to prove it’s that the world of Destiny will evolve and will change on a long enouch timeline.”
Why Bungie can’t or won’t say Destiny will receive one or more DLC releases similar to the Year One releases is certainly up for debate. The vagueness is of their response is currently splitting the Destiny community, as witnessed by multiple threads in the Destiny Reddit group.
However, the one thing Dague said that should perk up ears is, “The Live Team is fully in charge of what happens in Destiny Year Two.” That appears to indicate the next year of the game will be full of new releases for relatively smaller content releases like the Sparrow Racing League and Festival of the Lost. Whether that includes new Strikes, new story content, or a new Raid is completely in the air. Whatever is released will be free, though, as all content released from the Live Team is supported by in-game microtransactions for emotes and other cosmetic items.
Speaking of which, the three-week-long Sparrow Racing League appears to be full of microtransactions, judging by previews from YouTube creators such as DattoDoesDestiny. Destiny players will be able to purchase not only new emotes, but packages, and a Sparrow Racing League book ($10) to track race performance and earn rewards. The reaction from the game’s community should be interesting to watch.
The Destiny December update will be the second significant update to the game since the release of The Taken King. In addition to the Sparrow Racing event, the next update includes balance changes to all three Titan sub-classes, weapon balance changes, and much more.
Should Bungie just come out and say whether there will be paid DLC releases like the House of Wolves for Destiny Year Two or not? Sound off in the comments below.
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