Bungie’s Destiny is gearing up for a major content update soon, as the House of Wolves expansion pack is right around the corner. House of Wolves is adding a substantial amount of content to Destiny, including new story and strike missions, along with a brand new co-op mode called the Prison of Elders.
Some players may be disappointed to learn that there will be no new Raid with the expansion, but the aforementioned Prison of Elders is being added in its place. House of Wolves will also add a new social space called The Reef, but that will be free to all Destiny players.
House of Wolves will also bring with it a set of new multiplayer maps for Crucible fans to enjoy, that is if they pay for the DLC pack. However, that paid designation for the maps may not be set in stone, but could change once the next DLC pack releases.
As revealed today, Bungie is giving away the three Crucible multiplayer maps included with The Dark Below add-on as a free download. Now anyone with the game will be able to download and play Pantheon, Skyshock, and The Cauldron, even if they don’t want to purchase the rest of the content in The Dark Below.
This free DLC is certainly a double-edged sword. On one hand, it may entice those unwilling to spend money on the expansions to return to Destiny, if they’ve otherwise stopped playing the game. It will also allow for more community members to partake in online multiplayer matches.
However, those that have already purchased The Dark Below or bought the season pass may be understandably upset at this decision. These hardcore fans (though maybe not quite as “hardcore” as this guy) that jumped into paid to get the additional content with their hard-earned cash, and now they have to see this content that they paid for distributed for free. It just might make some people think twice before dropping money on House of Wolves.
That being said, the main focus of the Destiny expansions is not necessarily the new multiplayer maps. The main draw is the new missions, so this may not be as controversial as a vocal minority might make it seem.
In one of their recent updates, Bungie alluded to a major update coming to Destiny to coincide with the release of House of Wolves. It is very possible that this is the update they were referring to, along with the upcoming Trials of Osiris multiplayer event, and the multitude of changes coming to competitive multiplayer.
Destiny’s House of Wolves expansion releases May 19, 2015 for PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One at which point those Dark Below maps will become free.