The first Raid for Destiny is now live. Vault of Glass is a high-level challenge designed to be tackled by a team of six players.
“Raids introduce the sixth activity to Destiny, in which players will have to battle their way through intense encounters the likes of which they have yet to experience in the game,” said Bungie president Harold Ryan today. “It’s humbling to see millions of guardians enjoying Destiny already. We can’t wait for people to experience this exciting, new way to play the game and are committed to continuing to deliver new experiences to the Destiny community.”
Players will encounter never-before-seen enemies in Vault of Glass. Some of them will have brand-new abilities. The rewards for overcoming these challenges are handsome, though. Players can earn a new set of high-level gear as well as crafting materials. Don't expect to get everything you need all in just one clear, though.
Vault Of Glass can be found on Venus. Not everyone can enter the Vault. Your character needs to be at least Level 26 to tackle this raid. Normal progression stops at level 20 so you have to get the remaining six by acquiring better equipment. This video shows a popular farming spot for loot on Earth:
Another restriction for the Raid is that there's no matchmaking. You're going to have to find a Fireteam on your own. It's just as well; the raids aren't designed for groups of strangers flung together by chance. You need to be coordinated.
"Bring with you a team that has made the commitment to work together," Bungie said on their website. "Configure your loadouts so that you are powerful together in a variety of ways. Communicate with each other. The Raid will demand that you operate as a team. Cooperation is the key to your success."
They say it's "very likely" you won't be able to finish Vault of Glass in one sitting. Destiny makes it easy for you to pick up where you left off, though. Your progress is saved for one week. You just need to have the same Fireteam leader to continue your previous Raid.
If you're stuck at work right now, you can watch other players attempting Vault through Twitch. There are a lot of players streaming it right now. StreamerHouse has been at it all day.
Bungie plans to release new content for Destiny on a regular basis. Last weekend they launched a Salvage mode for the PvP. Next weekend will bring a new Combined Arms playlist with vehicle maps. On September 23rd, they'll launch a timed event called Queen's Wrath with new Bounties, mission modes and loot.