Bungie revealed the Rise of Iron expansion for Destiny during a livestream today, and we have all the news fit to print from it below.
Destiny: Rise of Iron -forge your own Gjallarhorn and become an Iron Lord
In Rise of Iron, the Plaguelands zone is located near the Cosmodrome and the region has been quarantined for centuries thanks to the sacrifice of the Iron Lords.
Splicers have broken through The Wall by digging out and they have “found forbidden technology of almost limitless power.” This technology is called SIVA, and it can transform the “region to fit their twisted desires.” They have used this power to augment themselves to look rather machine-like.
Under the command of the last of the Iron Lords, Lord Saladin, players will face the Fallen Devils (the Splicers) and travel to Felwinter Peak, and ascend it to take down the Splicers.
There is also a mausoleum on top of the mountain, featuring statues in memoriam of the Iron Lords.
Players will finally get to see the handsome Lord Saladin without his helmet, as you see in the trailer, flanked by his wolf pack as he patrols the Cosmodrome making sure SIVA is contained – which it is not, obviously. After the journey is over, players will be able to become Iron Lords themselves.
The six-player Raid in Rise of Iron is being kept under wraps for the time being, same with the three-player Strike, and changes coming to the Crucible are also being kept secret for now. Bungie said it will release more information between now and September.
Players can also max their Light level, but guess what? That number is also set for a reveal later. They said it was “significant” though, as player progressions are still being worked out. The new gear to use will be Iron Lord-themed armor sets, new exotic weapons, and new Iron Banner and Trials of Osiris gear.
More information will be made available at E3 2016 though.
The flaming double-sided ax shown in the trailer is an acquired “relic” which can be added to the weapon, according to Destiny.
Also, the Iron Gjallarhorn will be handed out when completing a quest in the game. You can forge it from the “armor of fallen heroes”.
But it is also available in black and silver through pre-orders, as you see in the image below.
Destiny: Rise of Iron will require players to own The Taken King, and will run you $30 for Xbox One and PS4 when it releases on September 20. Pre-orders are now open, and yes, it looks to be skipping last-gen systems PS3 and Xbox 360.
PlayStation users will also get access to timed-exclusive content for Rise of Iron. Content and timing of exclusivity will be announced at a later date.
We’ve pulled some artwork and some small screens from the official website. Once we get larger images of the gear and raid, we will replace the tiny images below.