A leaked image reportedly from an internal Bungie meeting on the future of Destiny gives us a clearer idea about the shared-world shooter?s upcoming expansions and what they?ll bring to the table.
The image, which first popped up on an Italian Destiny Facebook community page, then later wound its way across the official Bungie forums before finally arriving, inevitably, on Destiny?s subreddit, charts out the string of Destiny DLC that will bridge the game between the original game and the next full installment, expected 2016.
For starters, the camera-snagged image appends a March 10 release date for Destiny?s known, announced second DLC episode, House of Wolves. Like The Dark Below, the second episode will add three story missions, one new strike, one new raid, and four new PvP maps.
Following House of Wolves is the rumored major, more significant expansion due September. Titled Comet: Plague of Darkness?as best as anyone can make out from the fuzzy image quality?this release will bulk up Destiny by adding 12 new story missions, four new strikes, one raid, one new location (?Hive Ship?), and six more PvP maps. And if the image is the real deal, Plague of Darkness will also introduce three new player subclasses and what looks, to my eyes, like three (possibly just two) new weapon classes.
That major expansion come September this year would be chased by two smaller ones in the same vein as The Dark Below and House of Wolves. The third episode?s name is hard to make out out (Vex Void? Vex-something), but is Vex-related to be sure, and the fourth episode looks to be called Forge of Gods. Comment speculation suggests it might be Cabal related.
All of this would be in line with Bungie and Activision?s two-year major release plan for Destiny, which would see full, proper installments put out every two years, bridged by smaller DLC like The Dark Below and larger expansions like Plague.