Destiny: The Taken King is so ubiquitous in gaming news and discussion that it’s a wonder people haven’t started thinking no other games were releasing this month. The way Bungie has dominated social media in the build up to the DLC’s release is remarkable, and Guardians who have pre-ordered the game are anxiously awaiting its release in a couple of weeks. Those who prefer to see what the game looks like as a finished product before making their decision, however, might be getting the chance sooner than they’d expected, according to Destiny‘s community manager DeeJ.
The Bungie Weekly Update published today announced that Update 2.0 is on its way, due September 8th, and will contain “much of the Year 2 groundwork”. On top of this, Bungie stated that Update 2.0 has a few surprises for every Destiny player, and one in particular from Lord Shaxx that promises to make September 8th a very popular week for Destiny‘s PvP faithful.
Bungie will be letting all players, regardless of whether they have pre-ordered Destiny: The Taken King or not, into the Crucible to sample the new PvP modes on every single brand new map that will be included in the expansion. DeeJ was quick to point out in the update that the new Super abilities for subclasses won’t be available in the preview, as players will have to visit their class Vanguard in The Taken King to earn their new subclass once the game launches.
What Bungie is cleverly referring to as the Crucible Preview Event will take place from September 8th to September 14th, giving Guardians a full week to get a feel for the new Rift and Mayhem modes that will be making their official debut once The Taken King releases a day later. Once Oryx arrives and The Taken King is on store shelves and available for download, the new Crucible content will be accessible only for those who purchase the expansion.
The Crucible Preview Event is a nice bonus for players who might have been on the fence about whether or not The Taken King adds enough new PvP content to warrant a purchase, and also gives PvP pros a whole week to acclimatize themselves to the new Crucible environment before the game’s official release.
The September 8th patch will also bring the much-discussed changes to weapons like Gjallhorn, giving players their first taste of the newly balanced gun. Unfortunately, none of the new exotic weapons will be available to test their PvP prowess, but purists might enjoy one final week of the Crucible with new maps and no sword gameplay.
Are you going to sink some hours into the free preview of Destiny‘s future? Are you excited for PvP without Gjallhorn regardless of mode or maps? Let us know in the comments below.
Destiny: The Taken King releases on September 15, 2015 for for PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.