After months (arguably years) of waiting, Bungie's highly anticipated shooter Destiny is finally here for all to enjoy. And with it comes potentially dozens upon dozens of hour's worth of content, or at least that's what Bungie has been touting since the beginning.
Unfortunately, as those who have already ready our Destiny impressions post know, the game's story doesn't take more than about 10 hours to complete. Moreover, once players hit max level they are left with little incentive to continue, beyond either grinding out new motes of light, testing their mettle in the Crucible, or just exploring the landscapes of Venus or Mars. That is, until Bungie flips the switch on their endgame content.
Up until now, however, Bungie hasn't said much about their plans for raids; specifically, when they plan on letting players get in on the action. But finally we know when the first raid goes live, as well as the dates of a few other special Destiny events throughout the month.
Cutting right to the chase: the first raid for Destiny opens on September 16th and is called 'Vault of Glass.' It is recommended for Level 26 players and is set on the planet of Venus. Players who complete said raid – in groups of six – will net themselves pieces from the raid gear set and ascendant materials.
Obviously, raids are going to be the focal point of the September calendar for Destiny, but Bungie also has a few other special events planned. There's a special Crucible play test slated for this weekend that includes cool gear, marks, and reputation – as well as the unveiling of the Iron Banner, which is a special Crucible challenge suite that has its own unique unlockables.
All in all, it sounds like Bungie is standing by their promise to continue rolling out fresh content and events for Destiny post-launch. Obviously, it's only the first month, so we'll have to wait to see how long this lasts, but we know gamers are eager to see what all this raid fuss is about.
And although raids are meant for six friends (no matchmaking), gamers have already come up with creative ways to circumvent that restriction. The creators of the Phase app, for example, have created a scheduling tool so Destiny players can get together without having to be actual friends. Check out the app here.
So, first up is the Crucible Playlist and later next week, raids. It looks like now is as good a time as any to start working towards that level cap.
Are you excited to check out the first raid for Destiny? Do you plan on partaking in any of these events?
Destiny is out now for PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.