While many are still actively digging through Destiny's story and Strike missions, and even testing their mettle in the Crucible, even more are likely asking "What's next?" Obviously, as has been previously detailed, the first raid mission, titled The Vault of Glass, is ready and waiting, but few gamers have hit the appropriate level or are ready for the 11-hour commitment.
Just today, however, Bungie has further detailed two more of their upcoming September and October events, which are sure to offer players more incentives to jump back into Destiny. And more importantly, one of the forthcoming events promises some rare and legendary gear, which is all higher-level Destiny players can think about at this point.
First up is the Combined Arms Crucible Playlist, which is slated to run through the weekend (Sept. 19-21). As with any Crucible mode, Combined Arms offers players the promise of Crucible Marks, Crucible Gear, and Crucible Reputation, but it's really the mode itself that is the most appealing.
Combined Arms is classic Bungie in that it offers far more vehicles than a typical multiplayer mode. On top of that, the mode promises increased frequency of Heavy Weapon ammo drops, to ensure players are fully equipped to battle these vehicles while on the ground.
Having never played the Combined Arms playlist, it's hard to say how the increased selection of vehicles changes things up, but so far any map that includes them tends to add a new wrinkle to combat. And when we say new wrinkle, we mean makes the maps plenty chaotic.
Then, from September 21st to October 6th, the Queen's Wrath bounty will unlock, tasking players with completing specific tasks in exchange for special loot. Considering players (myself included) have been logging countless hours in search of rare, legendary, and exotic gear, these Queen's Wrath bounties couldn't come at a better time. There's no word on what exactly these bounties may be, or how difficult they may be for that matter, but something tells us players will fight tooth and nail to complete them.
Although Bungie has only further detailed these two specific events for Destiny, we also know of two others that are on the way. Next weekend, Bungie will unveil the Salvage Playlist, which adds yet another mode to the game, albeit for a short amount of time. Salvage is a capture-and-hold mode where the capture points change at given intervals.
Then, in October, Destiny will open up the Iron Banner, another reward-focused vendor not unlike the Crucible Quartermaster. The Iron Banner opened up for a brief time during the Destiny beta, and although we couldn't actually buy anything we did get a quick sense of the experience. Essentially, Iron Banner participants earn different form of reputation than in the Crucible. Not that much different, but still something else to do in-game.
And ultimately that's what Destiny players are looking for: more things to do. It may be more of the same, but hopefully at the very least these upcoming events will keep players invested.
Which of the upcoming events are you most looking forward to? What other events would you like to see in the future?
Destiny is out now for PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.
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