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Destiny players are in for a surprise next week. The development team is planning something special for Bungie Day on July 7th.
Bungie teased the July 7th festivities in their latest Weekly Update:
We’ll have some celebrations of the awesome stuff you’ve done this past year, along with some invitations for how you can express yourselves.
They then shared a picture of a new emblem called "Triumph" that you'll presumably be able to earn during this event:
Bungie Day is an annual celebration of Bungie's fan base that dates back to 2007. On the first Bungie Day, the company shared new details on Halo 3. They also gave away plenty of freebies: a map pack for Halo 2, gamer pics, and an Xbox 360 dashboard theme. Later Bungie Days came with similar rewards, though there hasn't been any in-game content given away since the company walked away from the Halo series a few years back.
In addition to free gifts, I wouldn't be surprised if Bungie gives us some new information too. This fall they plan to release The Taken King, the third expansion pack for Destiny. Bungie took a lot of flak over the expansion's $40 price tag and its Collector's Edition extras. I think they're going to want to take every opportunity to show off The Taken King and justify its cost to players.
In fact, that promised that very thing elsewhere in the Weekly Update:
On the road to launch we plan to prove that The Taken King is more than DLC – it’s a game. Going forward, Weekly Updates will be a source of information and insight on how we’re updating Destiny for everyone this fall, highlighting key features and the content that we know you care about.
Bungie should have plenty to talk about. The Taken King is said to be the biggest expansion yet for the game. It introduces new story missions and Strikes starring a new enemy species, the Taken. Unlike House of Wolves, Taken King adds a new raid as well. On top of all that, the developers are introducing new Crucible modes and maps. Still, at $40 the expansion will be competing with new releases this fall so Bungie has their work cut out for them.