In just a few hours, Destiny: Rise of Iron will finally release. It has been a while since any new content has dropped. A few additions in this DLC will change the way you play the game, specifically: menu interaction and character design customizations. If you haven’t played Destiny in some time (i.e.: since Destiny: The Taken King), you’re missing out on quite a bit of new changes.
First off: one of my favorite things is the lighted armor pieces, called Chroma. These bits of light give your character some flare, which can make him/her stand out from the other Guardians. The Chroma colors available are: red, green, magenta, blue, white and yellow. When Chroma was first added, you could only get them from packages, called Sterling Treasure. These rewards dropped for completing certain daily missions, strikes or crucible combat and were quite easy to obtain. With the most recent update, Bungie removed the one free Sterling Treasure you received in your mail. However, there are still plenty to be rewarded with. Missions and crucible variants will have their rewards clearly labeled. Along with these additions, there have been a few changes made to the weapon classes too, giving Guardians a multitude of different abilities.
The changes to your Guardian’s appearance will also be coming to some of the weapons (new and old) in the form of Ornaments. These Ornaments will change the color and details on specific weapons. Personally, I’m excited for the Mida Multi-Tool (my all time favorite scout rifle). While these Ornaments won’t give you an in-game advantage, they will continue to make Guardians more personalized. In the beginning, there was repetitive armor and weapons. These Ornaments will attempt to eliminate that repetitiveness.
There’s also features that gamers are already complaining about, including how some older content in-game are just getting re-skins. While Destiny: Rise of Iron features this re-skinned content, the DLC also appears to be a huge expansion with completely new areas to explore.
Felwinter Peak is the new social area in Destiny where Guardians will meet up. Unlike the Reef, this area will hold more Guardians and become the new staging for Iron Banner.
Remember the giant wall covering parts of the Cosmodrone? Well, the Fallen have claimed that land for themselves. They’ve been using a new Golden-Age technology, SIVA, to transform the area for their own means. It’s always nice to see new expansions being added to current areas, so I’m holding onto the idea of unknown secrets being discovered. The area is quite massive, but I’m sure it’ll be 100% explored soon after release.
There have been several rumors leading up to this DLC’s release; one of those rumors involves “electronic mites” infecting your armor. While there aren’t many details, a new website (called Owl Sector) recently launched on the internet, which contains information on the infection and detailed logs of the Vanguard trying to figure out the situation. There’s some good comedy in there from Cayde-6, as usual. While these story-related elements aren’t full and present while playing Destiny, it is part of the Grimoire storyline. All of it is great for getting you more immersed into the game. If you’re interested in some story elements (and not just killing things), I suggest you check it out.
Since this newest expansion is considered DLC, it won’t be releasing at exactly midnight like new games do. Instead, it will release when Bungie does their weekly reset which, depending on which time zone you’re in, could be early in the morning. The North American releases for each time zone can be found below:
- Pacific Time – 2:00 A. M.
- Mountain Time – 3:00 A. M.
- Central Time -4:00 A. M.
- Eastern Time – 5:00 A. M.
Unfortunately, this new expansion will only be available for PS4 and Xbox One. The PS3 and Xbox 360 versions received their final updates earlier this month.
I, for one, am very excited for this new expansion. There’s still plenty of time to pre-order, if you’d like, giving you access to the Iron Gjallarwing Sparrow and the Iron Gjallarhorn. Get your Gjally Shots ready!