Destiny is still one of the most talked about games, which is pretty impressive when you consider it made its debut in 2014. It was welcomed by masses of PS4, PS3, Xbox One and Xbox 360 gamers and offered a new first-person shooter from the makers of Halo. Here, we bring you all of the DLC release date information you need to know, as well as all the latest release date rumours and gameplay information from the upcoming Destiny 2. Read next: The most anticipated games of 2016
Last updated on 20 September to include the 'Rise of Iron' DLC release.
Destiny Rise of Iron DLC UK release date: When is Rise of Iron coming out?
Destiny Rise of Iron DLC release date: Out now - 20 September 2016 release date
On 20 September the new DLC was released, but due to high demand the Bungie servers have been overloaded and gamers are experiencing problems. When trying to download the new DLC gamers have been put in a queue (as seen below, in a queue of 152,290!) - make sure to check @BungieHelp on Twitter for up-to-date server information. It shoudl be mention that this coupled with a huge patch - details on Bungie's website.
While Destiny was released back in 2014, interest in the game hasn’t dwindled – mainly thanks to how the game was designed, and the addition of DLC that keeps things interesting for players. However, it looked as if The Taken King was going to be the most prominent DLC available for the game, and the company had focused its efforts on Destiny 2.
This isn't the case, however. Activision has announced what’s in store for Destiny, with a major expansion on 20 September 2016 (Rise of Iron DLC) and a sequel next year (which we come to below).
"Activision Publishing, along with its partners at Bungie, expects to bring a large new expansion to Destiny in 2016 and to release a full game sequel in 2017," the investor note reads. Activision was also keen to let investors (and everybody else for that matter) know that 25 million players have logged a combined 3 billion hours playing Destiny since its launch. A pretty impressive feat by any means!
What can we expect from the next DLC? According to the Bungie blog, we can expect the Rise of Iron to be something “far larger” than anything we’ve seen in Destiny since the release of The Taken King in September 2015. "The first of these early 2016 experiences will be on a scale close to Festival of the Lost. The second will be far larger than anything you’ve seen since the release of The Taken King.” There’s even mention of another “significant” update planned but, this time, focused on the world itself and the sandbox.
Rise of Iron was originally leaked on Reddit, and said to feature a new raid (likely Fallen-themed) loosely based on the raid that was cut from last year’s House of Wolves DLC.
In June at E3 2016 the 20 September release date was confirmed alongside an official trailer, shown at the top of this page.
We discussed Gamescom on the UK Tech Weekly podcast. Listen here:
Update 20 September: The DLC is out now. The information below is still relevant, but outdated.
Despite being only weeks away from launch, Bungie hosted a live stream during Gamescom 2016 showcasing gameplay from the upcoming Rise of Iron DLC, amongst other things. The best part of the live stream? The Bungie ViDoc, which is around 8:30 in length and is comprised mainly of gameplay footage from the DLC, giving us a sneak peek at what we'll be experiencing in the Destiny universe in just under a month.
While you can watch the ViDoc below, in summary, we're given a look at Felwinter Peak, the new home of the 'Iron Lords' along with Plaguelands, a new environment. There are other features showcased too - but we won't ruin all the surprises. Sit back, relax and enjoy the Bungie ViDoc:
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Destiny DLC release date and price: Can I buy the Destiny DLC?
Yes, those of you that are interested in purchasing the upcoming Destiny DLC can do so via a number of different retailers. The good (or bad, depending on your view) news is that the price is the exactly the same amongst retailers, meaning you'll get the same deal whether you order on the PS Store or order via Amazon.
Destiny 2 release date rumours: Destiny 2 announced with 2017 release date
Along with the announcement of new DLC for the existing Destiny game, Activision also announced a sequel to the hugely popular game due in 2017. Even though it’s still a year-long release date window, it’s great to have confirmation that Activision is actively working on Destiny 2, and that we don’t have too long to wait until it comes out. We could speculate that it’ll be launching at some point in the Summer of 2017 (possibly as late as September) as the first Destiny game was released on 9 September 2014, and the pre-Christmas rush proved to work well in Bungie’s favour.
Destiny 2 gameplay rumours: What can we expect from Destiny 2?
So, what can we expect from the newly-announced Destiny 2? While details are, obviously, pretty scarce, the developers gave us a little insight into the planning process, while also noting that there will be more information available at some point in Spring. Writing on the Bungie blog, Design Lead Lars Bakken had this to say:
“We’ll be plotting more specific waypoints as time goes on. Right now, there are hundreds of passionate people at Bungie working to turn the plan for Destiny’s future into the adventures, dangerous enemies, and glittering treasures that await us. As soon as we’re ready, we’ll share the details with you in all the usual places. In the meantime, we’ll keep the conversation rolling with the team on the support front. We’re also gathering up details for spring as the team begins to lock it in.”
It looks like we’ll have some more information sooner rather than later, so make sure you check back regularly as we’ll be updating this as soon as we have new information.