As Destiny prepares to expand again with the House of Wolves DLC later this month, Bungie has been busy slowly teasing the fan base with new information about the content that’s included. While many players were surprised and even a bit disappointed to learn that the expansion wouldn’t contain a new Raid, there’s a number of new features which should help fill that void.
One such feature is the Trials of Osiris mode which introduces a new crucible experience to the game called Elimination where two teams of three battle it out without respawns. We’re now learning this week that the upcoming Destiny expansion holds even more content, introducing a battle arena called the Prison of Elders which is also bringing a long requested feature with it to the game.
In a new teaser video, fans get their first look at the Prison of Elders battle arena which adds a cooperative Horde style mode to Destiny. Three players team up to take down waves of increasingly difficult enemies for the chance to earn high-level legendary and exotic gear. However, the biggest piece of news from this early tease is that it’s coming with player matchmaking on day one, despite it being an “end game” experience.
Bungie’s press release reads:
“You can match-make with other players anytime, or form your own Fireteam to take on higher difficulty challenges with even greater rewards.”
Players looking for more information on Prison of Elders will want to tune in later today, May 6th, at 11am PDT, as Bungie plans a full reveal over on their Twitch channel. Fans can catch community manager DeeJ, Lead Designer Matt Sammons, and community member ProfessorBroman as they tackle the co-op arena and reveal even more details about this mode.
One knock against Destiny has been the fact that the game launched without any sort of matchmaking for the popular end game modes that are offered to players. With a slew of co-op enabled activities like Raids and Nightfall Strikes available, players who are unable to form a Fireteam ahead of time are typically left out in the cold. Bungie has been taking steps towards full matchmaking, though, by introducing the ability to find a match for Weekly Heroic Strikes a few months ago with patch 1.1.1.
Along with this new endgame content, the House of Wolves expansion for Destiny appears to be bringing a lot more to the table for players to sink their teeth into. Previously announced features include the level cap being raised from 32 to 34 along with a new leveling system for weapons and gear. Players will also find the commendation system getting overhauled, and one of the bigger aspects of this expansion is “The Reef” area, a secondary social hub for players outside of The Tower.
What do you think about matchmaking being added for this new battle arena mode? Do you think this is Bungie’s test for adding it on a bigger scale down the road?
Destiny – House of Wolves releases May 19, 2015 for PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.