Destiny: Mars & Venus Trailers & 'The Dark Below' Expansion Details

Destiny Venus


The first post-Halo game from developer Bungie is coming in just a matter of weeks and at Gamescom 2014 publisher Activision released another new trailer for Destiny to highlight the game's PvP Crucible multiplayer modes. In new Destiny trailers released Friday and earlier today, Bungie teases the planets Mars and Venus where in the fictional future of Destiny, mankind has setup a colonies, not knowing what mysteries lie beneath the surface.

There's little revealed in the short teasers (new planet Venus video down below) but they reinforce the idea of players working together in fireteams of three to unravel the game's story and battle large enemies while being outnumbered. The more interesting news is the official update to the game's two expansions that were confirmed at Gamescom 2014, the annual European video game trade show.

The Destiny expansions will add the usual string of obligatory content, from new vehicles and weapons to armor and gear but will also give more missions/quests for players to partake in (as well as more Crucible competitive content). Neither expansion however, adds new locations or worlds and strictly takes place in the already-introduced environments, for better or worse, meaning you will still come across and potentially interact with players enjoying the main game. The first expansion is titled The Dark Below and comes out this December.

Today's brand new planet Venus trailer for Destiny:


Speaking with Joystiq, Bungie Director of Production Jonty Barnes spoke about The Dark Below and how it offers not just more story, but a new story entirely.

"The Dark Below is actually a really interesting expansion; it's got its own story. We call it an expansion because it has one of all the activity types from Destiny, so it's story, strike and beyond — and competitive and cooperative experiences in there. As well as new gear, new armor, new weapons and everything else. Some of that attaches to existing places that you're familiar to, so you might find that as you're going through new areas, that you actually collide with players who are just playing the existing Destiny content. You'll have those collisions. We always want to create spaces where people can get together and cooperate, and we feel like that is a big innovation in Destiny."

Although this new content will take place in the same place(s), the world itself will change and evolve as future content is added. Remember, this is all a part of a long-term plan for the Destiny franchise and the idea is for players to embrace a Guardian and grow them throughout this potentially epic, long-term journey.

"We're going to change the game after launch in a frequency that we think makes sense, and that isn't going to be dependent on The Dark Below. Already from the beta we learned about how to tune the players' experiences to be better experiences. We're going to continuously update the game from now until the end of time. That's always going to be part of the philosophy of Destiny. We always wanted to build a new universe but keep building upon it, rather than to do a complete and utter restart periodically."

We hope you were one of the 4.6 million players who had a chance to play and enjoy the Destiny beta because what you see is what you get from that and Bungie confirmed that there will be no major changes to the game before launch. Ready for Bungie's new big shooter IP?

Destiny releases September 9, 2014 for PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.

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Source: Joystiq

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