We’re already well into “Year Two” of Bungie’s massively-successful shooter-RPG hybrid Destiny, with the company having released the well-received major expansion The Taken King in September. Fortunately, for players who may not want to have to buy anything else Destiny-related for awhile, the developer is taking a much different approach to downloadable content over the next year.
Bungie designer Derek Carroll spoke with Eurogamer recently at the PlayStation Experience event in San Francisco and revealed that free events like the Halloween-themed Festival of the Lost and the Sparrow Racing League (out today) will be the focus for Year Two updates rather than expensive DLC packs:
“With Taken King we are moving to a more event-based model – things like Festival of the Lost and Sparrow racing, which is our winter event, and then smaller events such as Iron Banner and Trials of Osiris every weekend.
Rather than doing these giant, monolithic DLC packs, this way everybody who’s an owner of Taken King can enjoy these things.”
Even better, Carroll also went on to confirm that all of these events will be free updates, supplemented with cosmetic items that can be purchased with real-world money. This is sure to appease fans who have been critical of Destiny‘s DLC model up to this point. The Dark Below and The House of Wolves, the two major content updates released prior to The Taken King, were deemed too expensive and light on content by many, so it’s refreshing to see Bungie and Destiny‘s publisher Activision take a different (and cheaper) approach
Rumors suggest that Destiny‘s next big paid DLC, complete with a new raid and other new missions and areas, will be released sometime in Fall 2016. Hopefully it will be worth the wait (and the price).