With the launch of Destiny's House of Wolves expansion only a couple of weeks away, more and more details for the update are rolling out. There's going to be a trio of new multiplayer maps for crucible showdowns, for instance, with gamers on PlayStation consoles getting an extra map to duke it out in.
We already knew that the House of Wolves expansion for Destiny would include some new Crucible maps, but now PlayStation Social Media Senior Manager Sid Shuman is reporting over on the PS Blog that PlayStation Hunters will once again be reaping the benefits of a partnership between Bungie and Sony.
“With House of Wolves, Bungie aims to bring a bigger, more rewarding competitive experience to Destiny,” reads the post. “In addition to three new Crucible maps (plus an exclusive fourth map for PS4 and PS3 owners), Bungie is shaking up the formula with more loot and more activities for high-level players.”
As for that special map for PlayStation consoles, it's called Timekeeper, a “close-quarters battleground set inside a mysterious Vex device amidst the arid dunes of Mars.”
It should come as no surprise that the exclusive map is a smaller affair, as an extra massive, intricate setting would seem a little unfair for the Xbox crowd. I wouldn't fault folks for feeling its already a little unfair, as console exclusive content does little more than punish one group for choosing to game on a certain console over another. There have got to be better ways to execute console/game deals than this.
As for the other maps, at least the remaining trio will be launching on all platforms for the game as part of House of Wolves. First up is Black Shiled, a medium map on Phobos, one of Mars' moons. The second new map is Thieves' Den, another small map on Venus full of tunnels and tricky corners. Finally, there's the map I'm most excited about, Widow's Court, which sounds like it will be a bigger departure from the norm than any of these other maps.
“Widow's Court takes the fight to Earth's European Dead Zone, a striking thematic departure for Destiny, said Shuman. “Expect crumbling gothic spires, stained glass and overgrown plant life.”
One of the best things about Destiny taking place across so many different locations is the fact that these maps can be set up in such varied settings. It sounds like Widow's Court will help prove that fact, taking the fight to an old European setting and boasting more familiar structures from our own world. No word on if any of these maps will be open to vehicle play, which is kind of a bummer. I'd really like to see more maps allow for vehicular combat.
You'll be able to enjoy these maps in the regular Crucible modes, as well as the recently detailed Trials of Osiris. Look for that, as well as all the new House of Wolves content, when the DLC releases May 19.