Welcome back to another installment of Destiny: Rise of Iron! I’m your captain of this hype train. We’ll continue humming along and should reach hyper speed shortly. So sit back relax, and take a look at the details I’ll be unveiling this time around.
This time around I’ll be delving deeper into the changes coming to the PvE, or player versus enemy, content. This includes the Patrol, Strikes, Quests, and the Raid. I’ll only be able to highlight the info that has been disclosed via Bungie’s various sources.
First off, let’s take a look at the bread and butter. A brand new questline involving Lord Saladin telling why he’s the last Iron Lord, and why he’s calling on the Guardians for help. There will be other questlines given by new and returning characters. There will also be a brand new questline for the fan favorite THE GJALLARHORN and the bane of PvP guardians THORN. Making a surprise return, the Kvostov, the very first gun you get when starting Destiny only this time it’ll be EXOTIC! These are only a taste of the kinds of missions we’ll be able to partake in this September when ROI is released.
The Raid. Bungie’s signature group aspect and the main draw for the hardcore. Typically a 6 man fireteam that delves into the deepest and darkest corners of the enemy base. Only the brave and skilled should dare challenge the monsters that dwell here. This time around Bungie is bringing us a brand new raid with you guessed it, a Fallen-SIVA theme. Not much is revealed, and with good reason, about the raid, only sparse details about what players will do. We only have one real detail and that pertains to the “Death Zamboni” that players will have to run and shoot their way out. Many players look forward to the “blind runs” that come with a brand new raid. No knowledge, just you and your trusted comrades battling the unknown. The Wrath of the Machine launches Friday September 23rd, and the hard mode in the coming weeks.
Next up is a brand new aspect to the PvE universe, The Archon’s Forge. This is the newest addition to the player-activated public event. Similar in style to the Court of Oryx on the Dreadnaught, players will need a specific piece required to activate the event. Built similar to a certain colosseum from a certain movie (2 men enter 1 man leaves). Curious about what all the Archon’s Forge entails? Check out this video that gives a bit of insight:
Rounding out the end of the year will be the return of two events, Festival of the Lost and Sparrow Racing League (SRL). Festival of the Lost is a Halloween themed event that entails gathering candy from various sources in exchange for masks. Now with the return, there are bound to be some changes that have yet to be revealed, but expect more information as we approach the event.
SRL was a fan-favorite and highly requested mode be added. Hop on your sparrow and race to be first across the finish line. Originally supposed to be ran 3 weeks at a time every month with iron banner to fill the last week, SRL was canceled after the very first event. No information was given as to why the event never made its return the following months. Some speculated that it was due to player’s complaints of too few maps or unrewarding loot. Either way, fans were upset and confused that no further information was given and another mark put upon Bungie’s shoulders for lying to players about the event and refusing to communicate with their player base. Hopefully with the return SRL will stick around this time with welcome changes as this time around, there will be more than just competitive racing to be had according to Bungie.
Hope that is enough to get you enticed for the next expansion. Next I’ll be taking a look at the PvP changes coming in Rise of Iron with the Crucible. Destiny: Rise of Iron releases on September 20th for $29.99 US. Don’t forget if you want the Gjallarhorn in black and the brand new Iron Gjallarwing, you’ll have to get your pre-order in before September 20th.