Destiny PS4 And PS3 DLC Is Exclusive For One Year

By Pete Haas 2014-06-20 08:08:02 discussion comments
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Destiny's PlayStation-exclusive DLC will make its way to Xbox 360 and Xbox One eventually. Xbox gamers will have to wait awhile, though.

The Amazon listing for Destiny says that the exclusive DLC announced earlier this week "will only be on PlayStation until at least Fall 2015." Destiny is scheduled to launch in September so the exclusivity agreement between Sony and Bungie is probably a year, then. After that point, the developers will be free to release the content on Xbox One and Xbox 360.

The fact that the DLC won't be PlayStation-exclusive forever isn't surprising. It's in the best interests of Bungie and Activision to offer as much content as possible on as many platforms as they can.

I wasn't expecting a year-long period of exclusivity, though. DLC for Activision's other big shooter franchise Call of Duty hits the Xbox One and Xbox 360 only a month before spreading to other platforms. A year is a long time, especially with video games. A lot of gamers will shelve a new purchase within weeks.

The fact that Bungie's already planning for Fall 2015 demonstrates their faith in the game's longevity. It does seem plausible that players would stick with Destiny that long. The MMO-like structure makes it easy for Bungie to add new missions or unlockables to keep players' attention.

Destiny's timed exclusive DLC for PS4 and PS3 is a diverse mix. The Dust Palace Strike challenges three players to hunt down a Cabal force in the ruins of a Mars skyscraper. Exodus Blue, meanwhile, is a mid-sized competitive map set on a derelict spaceship.

Bungie also threw in some new loot. Warlock, Titan and Hunter players will each get their own distinct set of armor. They can also add the Monte Carlo asault rifle and Hawkmoon hand cannon to their arsenal. Finally, players can replace their ship with one of these three craft:
  • "Aurora Wake" - A hull lined with arcane instruments, crafted by a circle of Warlocks gifting the ship with a preternatural sense for the strange.
  • "Crypt Hammer" - A deep-strike insertion variant, built to carry Guardians safely through contested space. Carries hardpoints once used to hold Suros TL-SEAD anti-radiation missiles.
  • "Outrageous Fortune" - A rugged, versatile explorer for those ready to gamble everything in search of ancient secrets and alien power.
To further promote Destiny's PS4 launch, Bungie and Sony are teaming up for a special console bundle. In September, players will be able to buy a copy of Destiny packaged with a white PS4. That's the first time the console will be officially available in that color.

PS4 gamers recently got an exclusive first-look at the game. Bungie held an alpha test last weekend that let players try out some of the low-level competitive and cooperative content.
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