In 2015 before the launch of Destiny: The Taken King, Bungie spoke highly of the first major expansion of their brave, new world. With a revamped way of storytelling, a new voice for the ghost (a guardians personal companion), new subclasses, new supers, new exotic items including swords, and a brand new destination to explore, you could see why they spoke highly of TTK. When this major expansion went live last September, Guardians once again powered up their ships & blasted their way into the unknown determined to face the latest adventure to eliminate the greatest threat to date in the world of Destiny.
It has now been almost five months since the newest adventure has been uploaded to our consoles and Bungie has introduced new elements to this living, breathing world. First they added a new way for players to express themselves in the game with new emotes available from the Eververse Trading Company(ETCo) for Silver, a new in game currency available for purchase from the online store attached to your console of choice. If you are unfamiliar with this new element rest assure that it’s 100% optional, whether or not you purchase silver you will experience the free updates Bungie has consistently provided the game since its launch in 2014.
Then Bungie added special events, some ongoing; weekly Raid challenges associated with the various bosses of the King’s Fall raid onboard The Dreadnaught with even more loot to propel you towards the current maximum light total of 320; others timed like Festival of The Lost, which introduced the ability for Guardians to dress up as certain enemies & allies while pushing back the Darkness or battling other Guardians on Crucible maps; Sparrow Racing League – a three week activity that happened last December featuring new armor sets with specific racing perks & 2 race tracks on the planets Venus and Mars. These special timed events included new quests & bounties to complete as well as new items you could purchase from ETCo.
The recently announced Crimson Days is the first special event of 2016. This event is starting on February 9th & will last one week. The event is focused on the brand new 2v2 Crucible mode Crimson Doubles. A two person Fireteam will battle against a two person Fireteam in an Elimination playlist featuring a twist: you get a significant buff while your teammate is dead. This buff grants maximum ratings for Armor, Agility, Recovery, & Weapon Handling speed.
During this event players will be competing for rewards such as emblems, shaders, & ghost shells that could have light stats as high as 320. There will also be new emotes available for purchase so visit Tess Everis in The Tower if you have some Silver to spend. For more info on Crimson Days visit the page Bungie has dedicated to this event.
This update in February is not just to bring the Crimson Days event to our consoles, more bullets will be fired by Bungie in the near future that will impact the quality of our Guardian lifestyle. As this article comes to a close here is a glimpse of what Bungie plans for Destiny in 2016. A glimpse that is based purely on a section of a Bungie Weekly Update that was posted last December. The following is a message from Eric Osborne, community manager at Bungie….
There’s a whiteboard in one of our meeting rooms filled with scribblings and sticky notes that represent the developments planned for Destiny’s not-so-distant future. Events, activities, content, and features designed to keep you happy, entertained, and rewarded throughout the year to come: some events and some activities that will become additions to your Director.
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 also another significant update to the world and sandbox planned in this same window.
I’m really excited about what’s on tap for next year in Destiny, both the events and the bigger ticket content and activities. We’ve already talked about having a sandbox update each quarter, but there’s more on the way, too. Please give us some time to sort the details, and lock down the fun stuff to come. No doubt, there will be lulls in the communication. We’ll do our best to keep the community channels lively during those spells (well, DeeJ and Cozmo will).
I am looking forward to what the world of Destiny will look/feel like once these updates & activities/events go live. It feels great to be a Guardian!!