There are now less than two weeks until The Taken King is unleashed on Destiny players, and Bungie is doing everything possible to promote the biggest drop of new content yet for its ambitious online shooter. Later today, the studio will give fans an in-depth look at a brand new game mode.
We already know that the new location of the Dreadnaught will be core to many of the activities on offer in The Taken King. That’s where Guardians will launch an offensive on Oryx in the expansion’s new Raid, but it’s also the setting for a new piece of endgame content.
Court of Oryx is a PvE mode that sees Guardians team up to take on a host of different combat encounters. On the surface, it seems very similar to the well-received Prison of Elders co-op mode that was added to the game with the House of Wolves DLC, but there are a couple of important twists that make it unique.
For one, entry to the event is only possible via cashing in a rune, which can be bought from merchants or found as loot. There will be four distinct types of rune, and they will result in four very different difficulty levels for the challenge you and your Fireteam are set to undertake.
Furthermore, the gameplay that’s on offer inside the Court of Oryx seems poised to offer some unique twists on the game’s combat. Examples that have been detailed so far include a boss that can only be damaged via the splash damage caused by an exploding Cursed Thrall.
These interesting mechanics are just the sort of thing many players would like to see more of in Destiny, so there will be plenty of fans interested to try Court of Oryx for themselves come the launch of The Taken King. Until then, however, we’ll have to be satisfied with whatever Bungie sees fit to show off in the livestream later today.
At 11AM PDT/2PM EST, designer Ben Wommack and creative director Luke Smith will join streamer Laced Up Lauren to venture deep into the Dreadnaught. Patrols and public events in the new setting look set to be featured in the stream, which is likely to last an hour based on the most recent Bungie broadcast.
There’s a palpable feeling of anticipation among the Destiny community as we near the launch of The Taken King, as it seems that the game is finally starting to mature. Hopefully, today’s stream will offer up further evidence that Bungie are using this DLC to make good on the title’s enormous potential.
Destiny: The Taken King is set to launch for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One on September 15, 2015.