Bungie released a new video documentary for Destiny: Rise of Iron Tuesday during a Gamescom livestream that revealed many details about the upcoming expansion for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One online shooter. The most surprising reveal is the addition of Private Matches to Crucible multiplayer with support for Clans.
The Destiny: Rise of Iron ViDoc provides a high-level overview of everything coming to the expansion when it releases September 20 to the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. This includes the all new Strike, the new Wrath of the Machine Raid, story campaign, Crucible activities, and more.
The ViDoc also starts to give the first reveal of how Ornaments will work. These are items that add flare to armor and weapons. For example, what appears to be a set of Raid armor for Titans will gain a flaming effect when applied to the helmet, gauntlets, chest piece, and boots. The idea is to provide some variety to how players look, so it will be interesting to if different ornaments will provide different effects.
The big news though is the addition of Private Matches to Destiny’s multiplayer. Players will be able to set up their own matches for groups of one to 12 players with custom settings. This will be available to all Destiny owners on PS4 and Xbox One whether they own Rise of Iron or not.
Game options include the ability to choose any of the game types and maps available in the game, a Score Limit, Time Limit, and Light Level. The Light Level option is to make a match more like Trials of Osiris and Iron Banner, where a character’s Light Level counts or not.
Additionally, some maps will offer additional options for time of day if they are outside while others will be big enough to support vehicles. The latter is somewhat surprising as Destiny’s vehicle game modes were dropped not long into its first year.
Clans will be able to showcase their name when hosting Private Matches as they invite other players and possibly other clans in to compete. Players who are clan-less can still host Private Matches.
The rest of Bungie’s Destiny: Rise of Iron live stream from Gamescom was dedicated to showing off the new Supremacy game mode plus the new maps. This is similar to Call of Duty’s Kill Confirmed gametype, where players will not earn points toward a match’s score solely through getting kills. Instead, they will need to pick up a crest dropped by an enemy to earn points. The opposing team can also deny points by picking up the crest from fallen teammates themselves.
Picking up an enemy crest is worth two points: one point for the kill and the other for nabbing the crest. This was done to encourage players to work together. Interestingly, crests do have physical properties and can be knocked around by rockets, for example, to deny them to the opposing team.
Supremacy will be offered as a six-versus-six multiplayer mode when Destiny: Rise of Iron is released on September 20. This version of the mode will also be used as part of the monthly Iron Banner events, joining Control and Clash in the rotation.
Two other Supremacy variations will also be available in standard Crucible modes. Inferno Supremacy will drop the player radar in six-versus-six matches, and a Free-For-All option will also be available for a total of six players to go it alone against one another.
Four new medium-sized maps are packed in with Rise of Iron. Three of them will be available for both Xbox One and PS4 while the fourth will be a timed-exclusive for the PS4.
- The Last Exit – Set inside a ruined Venus subway station with a connecting outdoor plaza, which leads to a cliff drop off in the ocean. The inside is filled with train tubes and tunnels for close-range combat while the plaza offers more long-range encounters.
- Floating Gardens – Another map on Venus, this time set in a Vex shrine where time-traveling aliens go to recycle their bodies. A bridge features prominently in the interior of the shrine that can be used to dominate the map.
- Skyline – This map moves the action to Mars with a broader look at the Buried City. The action takes place in the Clovis Bray research facility with an elevated rail car on one end of the map and a hologram of the Traveler and the planet located in a lobby at the center.
- Icarus – The PlayStation exclusive map located on Mercury. Players will move around a mysterious structure located in a large crater array that attempts to funnel combatants to the center.
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