Yesterday, the first of Bungie’s three scheduled Year 2 streams for Destiny: The Taken King offered up tons of details regarding some of the changes players should expect to see when the action-RPG’s expansion officially goes live in September. Most self-proclaimed Guardians were happy to get the inside scoop on old exotics upgrades, as well as the good news that their vault space would be doubled. And with two more webcasts to go in the weeks before The Taken King releases, fans ought to expect even more surprises to be divulged.
Prior to the initial Year 2 reveal event, Bungie announced two new multiplayer modes for the Crucible entitled Rift and Mayhem, both of which will be available in The Taken King DLC. This weekend – Saturday, August 22, at 10:00 AM PDT / 1:00 PM EDT, to be specific – the studio behind Destiny will show off never-before-seen Rift PvP gameplay during a special Red Bull livestream.
Held in the Red Bull eSports Studio in Santa Monica, the broadcast will be hosted by Bungie’s David “Deej” Dague and designer Lars Bakken, as they should provide color commentary and development tidbits. Professional player Mike “Flamesword” Chaves will compete in the exhibition, alongside other Destiny community members such as Holtzmann, nKuch, Datto, Mtashed, KJHovey, Clout, FizZoR, and tripleWRECK. Fans can watch the show via the Red Bull Twitch channel.
The function comes about due to the energy drink brand’s and Bungie’s long-standing partnership with one another. Bearing that in mind, their relationship has stood on shaky ground in the past due to scammers having easily stolen Red Bull promo codes for bonus XP and an extra quest. Not to mention, even further back, thanks to the beverage company’s mismanagement of promotional materials, Red Bull accidentally confirmed The Taken King expansion well before Bungie intended on officially revealing the new DLC for Destiny. However, it’s obvious that little to no ill will remains between the two entities since both are associating for the aforementioned livestream this weekend.
At any rate, it will be fun to catch the Rift gameplay in action, as Destiny fans should bargain for some traditional capture-the-flag elements mixed with a tweaked points system that ought to make for intense and fast-paced excitement. Plus, it’s quite possible that Bungie will give people who tune in a glimpse of the new Crucible maps – most notably Bannerfall and Frontier – that have been previously confirmed to be included in the content for The Taken King.
Do you intend on checking out the Red Bull livestream this weekend? If so, do you think Bungie will show off any surprises unrelated to the Rift coverage?
Destiny: The Taken King is set to release on September 15, 2015, for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.