Video game developer Bungie officially releases the last patch for both the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions of its science fiction shooter Destiny.
In order to prepare Destiny for the forthcoming Rise of Iron expansion, the developers at Bungie have put out the game’s 2.3.1 update, which causes the exotic Warlock helmet Apotheosis Veil to now appear in the exotic armor blueprints kiosk in the Hall of Guardians in the Tower, and also fixes some issues with classes as well as activities. In truth, the patch provides a relatively small return in terms of being an update, but it’s significant due to the fact that it will be the last one offered for Destiny‘s PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 ports.
Bungie has officially stated on its website that apart from any pressing emergencies that require urgent fixes for “future game-breaking bugs,” Destiny‘s 2.3.1 patch is set to be “the last scheduled deployment for Legacy Consoles.” This means that Guardians on the PS3 and Xbox 360 won’t receive any more major expansions like Rise of Iron, as the studio has announced earlier this year that the action-RPG will not be getting any more content on last generation platforms.
Those who are currently playing Destiny on PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360 that wish to experience Rise of Iron’s content like its new raid and Gjallarhorn quest will need to upgrade to the PlayStation 4 or Xbox One versions of the game. Not only will the jump to current generation consoles give Guardians access to the fresh materials, but also it affords them the ability to continue the existing progress with their characters. It’s important to note, though, that if fans decide to upgrade, they have to stay within the same family of systems for their Guardians to be maintained, as data from Destiny on Xbox 360 will not transfer to the PS4 port, for instance.
Although this news will probably disappoint a lot of Destiny fans on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, it’s not as if Bungie hasn’t given them plenty of forewarning that support was going to be coming to a close for the consoles. After all, the studio recently gave Year 2’s Moments of Triumph an early end on the systems from the last generation. Not to mention, developers even went as far as to announce last month that Legacy Consoles would be losing access to live events, Trials of Osiris, and Iron Banner after sometime in August.
Of course, none of this is to say that Destiny fans can’t continue to enjoy the first-person shooter on PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360. Guardians on last-gen should, however, expect a marked difference in their experience with the game should they choose to stick it out on the older systems, as characters will begin to progress separately on the Legacy Consoles and the latest hardware.
Destiny‘s 2.3.1 update has gone live for all versions of the game, and fans who wish to check out the full patch notes can do so right here. The latest update hasn’t addressed the “BEAVER” errors that a lot of players are reporting, but Guardians can rest assured that the developer is on the case as Bungie recently took to Twitter to ask its fans to “Stand by for updates.”
Destiny is available now for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One, while its next expansion Rise of Iron drops on September 20, 2016 only for PS4 and Xbox One.