It’s clear that Bungie is treating the upcoming Destiny expansion The Taken King as something of a mini-reboot for the game. Between recasting the Ghost and rebuilding its levelling system, there are plenty of big changes in the works — and we can expect to see that reflected in the Tower, too.
The Tower is the primary in-game social hub for Destiny players, and it’s a location that anyone who’s spent some time with the game will be very familiar with. Along with chatting to other players and forming fireteams, it’s the place to buy new gear and pick up bounties.
While much of that functionality will stay the same once The Taken King launches, there’s a host of tweaks and fixes intended to make the process smoother and more enjoyable. Game Informer spent some time in the refreshed Tower, and it certainly seems like a lot of good work is being done.
Players can now see all their armor shaders by visiting a kiosk. This won’t just let you survey the shaders you’ve already earned, but it will also allow you to apply them to your Guardian and see the requirements for any that you’re missing. Given that the system now is less than perfect, this sounds like a great addition.
There also seems to be a bigger emphasis on individual vendors, fleshing out their personality and giving them a bigger role to play. Arms dealer Banshee-44 will instruct players on how to earn the Sleeper Simulant, and he’ll also have some interesting bounties to offer up.
Players will earn reputation levels with Banshee-44 by performing weapons tests out in the field — presumably, that involves taking a particular weapon out and killing enemies with it. Making your way up the tier list will allow you to order Armsday weapons, which are special legendary weapons that are delivered weekly.
Currencies are also being tweaked, with Vanguard Marks and Crucible Marks being combined into Legendary Marks. Similarly, three class-specific crafting ingredients — Hadronic Essence, Plasteel Plating, and Sapphire Wire — will be amalgamated into Armor Materials.
The new missions set for The Taken King are exciting enough, but the smaller tweaks we’re seeing have the capacity to improve the overall experience a great deal, too. There’s a lot riding on the biggest Destiny expansion to date, but at this point, it looks like a very promising content drop.
Destiny is available now for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. The Taken King is scheduled to launch on September 15, 2015.