Video game developer Bungie reveals its plans beyond Destiny's Rise of Iron expansion, detailing the return of events like Sparrow racing and Festival of the Lost.
When speaking with the press outlet Game Informer for its cover story on Destiny, Bungie decided to be forthcoming about what it has in mind for post-launch content after the action-RPG's Rise of Iron expansion releases this September. During the discussion, the studio revealed that last year’s Halloween-themed event known as the Festival of the Lost will be returning, as well as one of the more popular timed events with the Sparrow Racing League.
According to Bungie, Destiny fans should expect the Festival of the Lost to begin this October, bringing with it new masks to collect, as well as some other mysterious and unannounced surprises. Following the Halloween-themed celebration, the science fiction shooter will begin the Sparrow Racing League in December, including some changes for the mode's existing tracks, along with fresh areas inspired by Rise of Iron’s environments.
According to Destiny's live team director Jerry Hook, Bungie is looking to expand the dimensions of Sparrow racing this winter beyond what fans can expect of the timed event. As a matter of fact, the game's live team director teases that developers will alter it to allow for much more than what came about in last year's Sparrow Racing League.
“When we talk about SRL coming back, it’ll probably be wrapped in a different style, not just focused around SRL. Because some of the stuff that we learned from our players around the Sparrow Racing League is that some people didn’t like racing. So, can you do something with the event that helps support those players a little bit differently? Absolutely.”
Although Destiny's players on last generation consoles were able to enjoy Sparrow racing and the Festival of the Lost, since Rise of Iron is not releasing for PS3 or Xbox 360, these events are only going to be offered for the game's latest platforms. As a matter of fact, Bungie doesn't plan on providing what it's calling "Legacy Consoles" with any further updates beyond fixes for game-breaking bugs, as it hasn't even been a week since developers sent out the last patch for PS3 and Xbox 360.
Bungie's decision to now be more open about its upcoming plans for Destiny is without a doubt a refreshing and welcome change of pace from the secretive way the studio previously dealt with the release of expansions and content. As a matter of fact, at the beginning of 2016, the developer's radio silence regarding its ideas for the future of the game caused many to lose hope for Year 2. Hopefully, though, Bungie will continue to be as upfront as possible about Destiny and where it wants to take the community next.
What do you think about Destiny's Rise of Iron bringing back Sparrow Racing League and the Festival of the Lost? Is it an exciting proposition to revisit those events with changes and tweaks, or should Bungie stick to new ideas? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.
Destiny's Rise of Iron expansion is set to release on September 20, 2016 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.