These days, it’s difficult to get a piece of solid news out of Destiny developers, Bungie. Now we have three pieces of solid, exciting news to feed off of until Spring. In a recent announcement, the developers revealed not only a Spring update, but a major expansion to follow later in 2016. And to top it all off, Destiny 2, which has been on the cards a while now, will be released in 2017.
Many players, however, have been underwhelmed by Destiny’s expansion content thus far, and it doesn’t come as a surprise. With Sparrow Racing League feeling like a ripped off spin-off, and Crimson Days bringing nothing new to the table, it’s understandable why players feel their beloved universe isn’t getting the developer attention it deserves. However, we must remember that Destiny was born right at the crack of dawn of DLC and in-game purchases, so developers created the full universe for us right from the start. I’m willing to bet their months of silence after the game’s initial release was ‘crap, the other guys keep adding to their games – what more can we do’. We’ve seen Bungie struggling to keep providing a large and hungry audience with new and exciting content up to the same groundbreaking standard as the original game, and we’ve seen it in the whole industry time and time again.
So what does that mean for 2016’s expansion? Well, hopefully they’ve listened to their fanbase and will provide us with something unique. There’s been no word yet on the details of the expansion, but hopefully it’s not just a stand-in to keep the hype up before the sequel’s release in 2017.
What does this mean for 2017’s sequel? Good news! The delay until next year means Bungie haven’t just slapped together another storyline to act as a sequel. It means they need more time to fulfill their vision of the second game, and I’m all for that – they’ve obviously got 20/20 vision insofar as base games go, why not give them a few more months to make sure we can see it, too.
We do know about Spring’s update, however. Bungie have specified a “significant Light increase”, a “bunch of new gear to earn and equip”, and “new challenges for PvE players seeking some more fun experiences and replayability”. Standard stuff then, and while the emphasis in replayability leads us to believe that yes, there is significant focus on maintaining hype until 2017, it doesn’t look like the update will be anything spectacularly bad, just maybe not spectacularly good.