Guardians, your prayers have been answered. Destiny: The Taken King will add new open world gameplay.
Destiny: The Taken King adds a new Destination called the Dreadnaught. An enormous Hive battleship fortress lurking inside the rings of Saturn, it’s full of loot and puzzles, and where we expect to face off against Oyrx.
The latest Bungie Weekly Update reveals it’s more than a raid or mission location, but will be fully explorable just like the Cosmodrome (Earth), Ocean of Storms (Moon), Ishtar Sink (Venus) and Meridian Bay (Mars).
“We’ve created a suite of new mechanics and woven them into the Patrol mode. Every week, every day even, it will draw you back to fight through to its depths for loot and glory,” designer Ben Wommack said of the Dreadnaught.
“Expect to find new Bounties, Patrol Missions, and Public Events both large and small – some of which you can even instigate yourself, if you can discover how.”
These new gameplay elements will be tougher than those you steamroll in other destinations.
“Within Oryx’s behemoth ship, you’ll likely find more challenging Public Events than anything else you’ve attempted before on Patrol. How to succeed won’t be obvious at first, but the rewards will be worth your effort,” Wommack said.
“Get ready to fight bosses and encounters in surprising combinations of circumstances, and look to your fellow Guardians for help. Patrol is no longer easy mode.”
Wommack also said players will have to make many visits to figure out the Dreadnaught’s mysteries.
“The Dreadnaught has its secrets – you’ll need to return again and again to solve them all and acquire the rewards we created for doing so,” he said.
“There are hidden treasures and bosses waiting to be found, and it won’t be apparent how to access them the first time you go exploring. We’ve laid out a lot of breadcrumb trails though, as you fight your way through the ship. So follow the clues you’re given, face the challenges you can find, and earn that sweet loot.”
Hit the link above to see some concept art and screenshots of the Dreadnaught. Destiny: The Taken King launches in September for PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.