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Bungie is gearing up for the release of Destiny: Rise of Iron this September with some exclusive content for PlayStation users. The offers extend in particular for PlayStation 3 gamers who are being encouraged to upgrade from the PS3 to the PS4 to experience the new expansion.

Over on the PlayStation Blog, David "Deej" Dague explained that PS3 owners can upgrade to the PS4 version of the game with Destiny: The Collection for only $40 if they already own Destiny: The Taken King. The discount is to help encourage last-gen gamers to make the step up and get a PS4 along with Destiny.

In addition to the discount there's also a PlayStation exclusive map, quest and ship. The PvP map is called Icarus and takes place at the Lanquid Sea on Mercury. The map looks like a rundown foundry, not unlike something that may have appeared in a movie like Aliens. It has a more traditional industrial feel to it than it does a futuristic design. It's made for up to 12 players for six-on-six PvP bouts. They label it as a mid-sized PvP arena.

The quest is called the "Show of Strength" and sees players traveling to the Plaguelands to investigate the Devil Splicers and their "brand of worship".

There's also a special ship included in the exclusive PlayStation offer called the Timeless Tereshkova. It looks like an Arwing from Star Fox on steroids.

Destiny: Rise of Iron

Now for everyone else Destiny: The Collection -- which contains the full game and all previously released DLC -- will be $60, meaning that if you aren't a PS3 gamer and you aren't gaming on a PlayStation console, you'll have to pay $20 more to get your hands on the collection of Destiny content.

The PlayStation exclusive offer is also bound to get some players excited... mostly those who really enjoy the look of the Timeless Tereshkova and those who really like PvP. The quest seems like a standard investigation question but it might turn out to be more than that. We'll have to likely wait closer to the launch of Rise of Iron before we can get a better understanding of the depth and extent of the mission.

Bungie is likely running this promotion for PlayStation gamers as a way to get them to move over to the PS4 because they won't be releasing Rise of Iron for the seventh gen consoles. This means that they will likely need to convince the owners of the PS3 and Xbox 360 to consider moving over if they want to bolster the sales of Rise of Iron.

Unfortunately for Bungie, a lot of gamers' interest in Destiny started to wane after the release of The Taken King last year. The good part for Bungie is that they're supposedly already heavy into finishing up Destiny 2 for a 2017 fall release, according to Activision.

You can expect to see more of Rise of Iron and some of the actual gameplay in action at this year's GamesCom in Cologne, Germany. The expansion is due for release on September 20th for the Xbox One and PS4.