With the hype train moving full steam ahead, Bungie has been giving fans awaiting the release of Destiny: The Taken King tons of new information about the upcoming expansion to get excited about. Today, on the official Destiny Instagram account, much to the delight of would-be Guardians, Xur revealed some exotic armor and weapons that will be available next month. Plus, over the weekend, Bungie and Red Bull teamed up to host a live broadcast event that featured the action-RPG’s top players taking each other on in Rift – a new multiplayer mode for the game.
During last week’s Year 2 stream, Bungie also pleased long-time players with a bevy of promises for The Taken King. After going over a lot of the first-person shooter’s more ancillary Tower improvements, the developers pleased everyone with the pledge of doubled vault space. Considering all of this, it’s a wonder what surprises the studio has planned for tomorrow’s live webcast on Twitch, and whether or not the reveals will give what Destiny fans got last week a run for their money.
With The Taken King going live in September, the first year of the sci-fi MMO is winding down, and today is the first day of the last week long Year One Iron Banner tournament in the Crucible for higher level Guardians to compete in Level Advantaged Crucible matches. Via the company’s official Twitter account, Bungie has divulged that Lord Saladin – or Lord Saladbar, as he’s more affectionately called within the community – will be returning in The Taken King with new items, but it will the last chance for players to receive Year One rewards like the emblems listed in the Tweet below.
Aside from showing off the neat-looking insignia, Bungie neither confirmed nor denied what fresh items the vendor would be carrying during Year Two. Plus, as many fans should have expected, the wares Saladin’s offering this week are pretty unimpressive at each respective rank. There’s Iron Breed Boots (Rank 3, Light Level 36), Iron Breed Hood (Rank 4, Light Level 36), Felwinter’s Lie (Rank 4), Silimar’s Wrath (Rank 5), Etheric Light (available at Rank 3 and 5 for 5,000 glimmer). Essentially, for those Guardians who have already acquired all of this loot, the Iron Banner should mainly be played for fun, especially since a lot of the items may be obsolete once The Taken King arrives.
As far as evolving MMOs like Destiny are concerned, it should be expected that older equipment will go the way of the buffalo. However, it’s hard to accept that Bungie is truly looking out for its fans when they renege on previous promises made regarding gear and weapons never becoming obsolete. Of course, Bungie is primarily a business, so its bottom line is the company’s main concern, and it’s often difficult for people to keep track of what they’ve said when talking out of both sides of their mouths. With any luck, the studio will at least try to keep a consistent tone throughout its 10 year plan for Destiny.
Destiny: The Taken King is set to release on September 15, 2015 for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.