According to an Activision executive, Bungie’s popular FPS game Destiny is to get a “major content release” at some point later in the year.
During an investor call last night, Eric Hirshberg, CEO of Activision Publishing, revealed that there is to be a “massive” expansion coming up in Fall of this year, and that Destiny‘s second DLC pack, House of Wolves, is set to arrive sometime between April and June.
“In Q2, we expect to launch the game’s second expansion pack, House of Wolves, and later this year, we will announce a major content release for the fall, so stay tuned,”he said in an investor call. “And a very robust pipeline planned after that.”
Bungie have gone on to confirm the new release window, although the company behind Halo aren’t quite ready to talk specifics yet.
“We’re keeping all other details under wraps for now. There is a special team here that’s dedicated to creating some new ways for you to play Destiny. They’re also making the game you know a better reflection of what we’ve learned about you since you’ve started playing. While they do their thing, we’ll walk the fine line between making you a part of the process and providing them with a safe place to explore possibilities and do their best work…
And on a long enough timeline, we’ll also talk about what we’re planning for this Fall.”
The developer went to say that players shouldn’t place any weight on rumors they see about the new DLC’s content online, stating that official information about House of Wolves will come from Bungie itself, and nowhere else – a possible reference to recent reports that some players claim to have found evidence of new content in the existing game. However, Bungie stopped short of outright denying any of the claims that have been made recently.
Kyle Barrows wasn’t best impressed with Destiny when it was released. “Bungie built an amazing and unique universe for us to explore, but filled it with the most uninspired and standard content possible,” he said in his Destiny Review, before giving Bungie’s latest a 6/10. “Everything beyond the aesthetics and mechanics is boring. Nothing is new. It doesn’t even separate itself from Halo. I dare someone to tell me that the Hive are not the Flood. I mean, c’mon. It’s a shame. If Bungie could have delivered on even half the promises it made, Destiny could have been something great. Instead, we are left with the skeleton of good game – and not much more.” He continued by, asking “Will DLC save Destiny in the end?”
With the most recent DLC, the answer was no. The Dark Below added a new raid and a couple of new strikes (as well as one currently exclusive to PlayStation 4), and just a handful of new missions – leading many to complain about the hefty pricetag it came attached with. Despite this, there’s no doubting that Destiny has been a substantial success, with millions of gamers still playing on a daily basis. Arguably, Destiny was one of the most divisive top-tier games released last year.
I guess 2015 is when we find out if Bungie finally manages to answer its many critics.