Bungie previously revealed that Destiny: Rise of Iron will only come to the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One and not PS3 or Xbox 360. The studio added some more bad news Thursday as last-gen console owners will lose access to some popular activities as well.
The Destiny: Rise of Iron expansion will launch for the PS4 and Xbox One on September 20, 2016. When it arrives, PS3 and Xbox 360 owners will lose access to multiplayer events such as Trials of Osiris and Iron Banner. Daily activities will be changing as well, but Bungie did not go into those details nor did it mention if the Weekly Nightfall Strike would not be available.
Here is the official word so far on what last-gen console owners of Destiny will lose when the add-on is released:
- Legacy Consoles will no longer receive major Destiny updates or content releases.
- Destiny: Rise of Iron will only be available to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles.
- Destiny Events and Activity Availability will be changing for Legacy Consoles in August 2016.
- Some events, such as Trials of Osiris or Iron Banner, will no longer be available on Legacy Consoles.
- Silver Purchases will no longer be available to Legacy Consoles in August 2016.
- Players may still purchase items from Eververse Trading Co. with previously owned Silver on Legacy Consoles.
The loss of Trials of Osiris, Iron Banner, and Eververse items can be chalked up to new content, such as armor and maps, being added with Rise of Iron.
As previously covered, approximately 90 percent of the Destiny player base resides on current-gen consoles. However, community manager David “Deej” Dague explained that dropping support for the PS3 and Xbox 360 is needed to continue to expand the game and not force players to upgrade.
Technical limitations with previous gen consoles meant adding new content to Destiny but also meant cutting older content once Rise of Iron released. While older story missions and Strikes are not always played, cutting that content would have been a major blow to new players and an easy target for complaints. Players saw similar limitations force Bungie to make compromises to the game, such as the long time it took for Vault space to be expanded.
The original Destiny release was still technically playable when The Taken King expansion released last year. However, those that did not upgrade were locked out of the weekly Nightfall and Heroic Strikes along with all but one of the Strike playlists. Meanwhile, many of the existing Crucible PVP playlists were inaccessible. This primarily left just the story missions and Vault of Glass for those locked into Destiny Year One.
As previously covered, Destiny: Rise of Iron is scheduled for a September 20 release and will cost $30. It does require The Taken King release from September 20. Those who pre-order the expansion will receive a black and gold Iron Gjallarhorn after completing an in-game quest. Those who don’t pre-order can still complete the quest to receive the Exotic Rocket Launcher, which involves forging an all-new weapon.
The theme of Destiny: Rise of Iron is exploring and dealing with the remnants of the Golden Age. The Iron Lords sacrificed themselves to stop the spread of a plague called SIVA. This technological plague has returned
It will also explore the history of the Iron Lords, who they were, and why they have weapons named after them. This includes a journey to Felwinter’s Peak, which holds the Iron Temple, a mausoleum for the Iron Lords, and the new social space for Destiny. The expansion will begin with players ascending the peak to take back the mountain and the temple.
Fallen Splicers have dug deep into old technology and have begun to use the SIVA virus to augment and mutate their bodies. This plague has been unleashed from the Cosmodrome and used to transform the surrounding area into the Plaguelands. This is the new playable zone players will encounter and includes its own separate spawn point from the rest of the Cosmodrome.
The expansion will feature a new story campaign and quests, a new Strike, and a new Raid. Bungie has only provided teasers so far, but the developer says it will reveal more in the months leading up to the Rise of Iron release. What we’ve seen so far is a new Strike boss plus a Raid encounter atop the wall, which is jokingly referred to as the “Death Zamboni.”
New Crucible multiplayer maps and modes are also promised, but will be revealed at a later date. The developers did confirm that Trials of Osiris will receive all-new gear, however.
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