Bungie announced today that the first DLC expansion for their space magnum opus Destiny, titled “The Dark Below,” will roll out on December 9th of this year.
While it’s been well known that the DLC was coming, there are some things about the announcement that are surprising and no doubt will cause even more controversy for a game that has struggled since release with controversy.
Continue reading for more information on the DLC.
Bungie’s Eric Osbourne made the announcement to the official Sony blog:
“We’re announcing that Destiny’s first expansion, The Dark Below, will be available on December 9th. Players who pick it up for download will be able to earn new weapons, armor, and gear, experience new story quests and missions, play new cooperative activities with their friends, and add three multiplayer Crucible arenas to their competitive rotation with Skyshock, Pantheon, and The Cauldron. In addition to new content, we’re also raising Player Light Level potential to 32, increasing Bounty slots from five to ten, and including some fun surprises for everyone who’s playing the game.”
Bungie is making it known here and now that the DLC will be Sony PlayStation exclusive through August of 2015. Not only that but there will also be exclusive content like strikes and gear that will be available only to PlayStation players.
This move will leave Xbox users in the dark on new content for nearly a year from the game’s initial release. And there is a strong contingent of PC players who have yet to find out when they will get a chance to shoot some aliens and fight in the Crucible on keyboard and mouse. It appears for now that Sony is trying its best to appear exclusive with Destiny.
Meanwhile, “The Dark Below” is promised to address player’s concerns with the game that have come up since the game’s launch in September. Bungie has consistently defended its choices and keeps promising that feedback is being listened to and that they are striving to create a great game. When asked about the future of Destiny,
“We have well laid plans for the future, but you know what they say about those! We just put the finishing touches on The Dark Below, and we have some fun and much requested updates en route that will land before and after December 9th. In the days and months ahead, we’ll keep charting the course for Destiny, right alongside the awesome community of players. As always, it should be a great ride.”
Destiny so far has shown that while fans may not think it’s an exceptionally outstanding game in its own right, it’s a game that Bungie seems dedicated to improving and consistently updating based off community feedback, which means that ultimately it could be a better game than its original form.
“The Dark Below” DLC is available via pre-order for $19.99 or through Destiny‘s Season Pass (that will get you the second DLC as well) for $34.95.
[Source: PlayStation Blog]