Don’t look now, Destiny, but you’re becoming more of an MMORPG every day. The sci-fi shooter patched in its Dawning update this week, bringing in a holiday event and several new rewards for its players.
Guardians can enjoy Sparrow Racing, which is apparently now here to stay, and complete new bounties while doing so. There’s also a record book that spawns a quest, tons of additional loot, daily gifts, and a strike scoring system.
Not everyone will automatically be able to partake in The Dawning, as the patch and event is for Rise of Iron owners only. The Dawning event runs through January 3rd, and you can get a preview of the holiday and its rewards in the following trailer.
As we start to come to grips with the fact that we will be turning over the calendar into 2017 in one short month, it might just be for the best. In the real world, 2016 was a rocky, unpredictable year, and even among our collective favorite hobby, it featured some highs and lows that very few saw coming.
This will go down as the year that Daybreak broke our hearts, a mobile game erupted into a global phenomenon, drama over an illegal emulator sparked multiple stories, and some of the biggest MMORPG launches came from eastern imports.
So while there might be a few more huge stories left in 2016, let’s spend some time revisiting the major headlines to get a better feel for the shape of the year that we are about to leave behind.
If you don’t have a console but were still interested in hearing whether or not Destiny: Rise of Iron was any good, fret not: MMO bloggers have you covered with some hands-on first impressions from the expansion.
“Destiny always hints at its incredible universe of lore, and Rise of Iron is no exception,” Sagacyte notes. “References to warminds that could be much more, challenges to come, and secrets yet to be revealed, all forming the year that will lead up to Destiny 2 (or whatever it’s called). For now, I am still gearing my other characters and am having a blast doing it.”
Belghast generally liked it but had one critique: “The only disappointment is that the new story elements were pretty short […] The truth is the amount of content contained within Rise of Iron feels like a DLC addon and not an ‘expansion’ in the terms I am used to think of it from my MMO roots.”
We’ve got more MMORPG discussions and blog posts after the jump, including the debate around WildStar’s raid lockboxes, a trip back to the first Guild Wars, and something called “social dungeoneering.”
Enough of living in shame and squalor, it’s time to rise and become an Iron Lord! Destiny: Rise of Iron is now live and kicking (unless you’re on one of the legacy consoles), bringing a whole new set of challenges and rewards with the game’s second expansion.
The expansion includes a new cinematic story campaign set in the Plaguelands, a six-player raid called Wrath of the Machines, and plenty of missions, quests, strikes, and gear. “[It’s] by far our most anticipated expansion for Destiny ever — and for good reason,” said Activision CEO Eric Hirshberg. “It’s packed with incredible new adventures that Destiny players are going to love.”
Bungie claims that Rise of Iron set “record-shattering pre-orders” leading up to its release. In addition to the expansion’s launch, Bungie also made Destiny: The Collection available for purchase today. This bundle includes the core game, its two expansions, and all DLC to date.
“Will you stand where the Iron Lords fell?”
We might not exactly know who these Iron Lords were, but we are willing to bet that thousands of Destiny players just shouted, “Heck YA!” to Bungie’s challenge of next week’s Rise of Iron expansion.
Rise of Iron (along with the sale of complete Destiny bundles) will come out on September 20th and includes a new story campaign, a tough raid, revamped Strikes, the Felwinter Peak social space, and — naturally — lots and lots of weapons and armor. Gotta chase that gear high!
You can get pumped for the expansion launch with the trailer below.
The MMO industry moves along at the speed of information, and sometimes we’re deluged with so much news here at Massively Overpowered that some of it gets backlogged. That’s why there’s The MOP Up: a weekly compilation of smaller MMO stories and videos that you won’t want to miss. Seen any good MMO news? Hit us up through our tips line!
This week we witnessed Destiny laying the foundation for its incoming Rise of Iron expansion. We’ve got that plus stories and videos from EverQuest II, Path of Exile, EVE Online, and more, all waiting for you after the break!
Before Destiny places its Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions in their own maintenance mode bubble, the online game has one final gift for the so-called “legacy” consoles: a patch.
Actually, today’s patch is going out to all four consoles, but it will be the last one (barring hotfixes) that legacy consoles should receive. All in all, we are not looking at a major update but rather a handful of minor corrections to help get the game in shape for its upcoming expansion and version split.
“Before the launch of Destiny: Rise of Iron on September 20th, there are a few issues we are fixing,” Bungie explained in the patch notes. “This update will also be the last scheduled deployment for legacy consoles, excluding emergency fixes for future game-breaking issues.”
The next major Destiny DLC has been shrouded in a certain amount of mystery, but the lights are coming up on Rise of Iron. While Bungie is releasing an official stream with details today, someone accidentally pushed “go” on the Xbox pre-order page a day early, and fans dutifully scrounged up the information from that page as fast as humanly possible. Based upon that page, it looks like the DLC will involve heading to Old Russia to join Lord Saladin and fight off Fallen Mutants.
The DLC promises to bring new story, new equipment, a maximum Light increase for players, a new strike, and a new raid to the game. It also appears that the once-overpowered Gjallarhorn will be heading back into the game in a more powerful form for those who missed the once-familiar weapon. While none of this is entirely official, you’ll be able to find out more once official details are revealed, including a confirmation of the leaked September 20th release date.
A photo of a promotional poster for Destiny popped up on Reddit last night, likely spoiling the name of the game’s future DLC: Rise of Iron. Kotaku reports that it’s confirmed the legitimacy of the poster by two sources and posits that the poster features the Iron Banner’s Lord Saladin. Speculation runs rampant, but hey, at least it’s clear Destiny players won’t be abandoned in the long wait for Destiny 2.