Fans of Bungie’s widely successful shooter are already well aware of the fact that developers are currently working on Destiny’s latest expansion, Rise of Iron. As previously reported, Bungie has decided to leave behind older generation console players by excluding the upcoming DLC for PS3 and Xbox 360.
However, Bungie seems to be fully focusing on PS4 and Xbox One ports, because the studio has recently announced that players on last-gen consoles will no longer have access to Destiny’s online events such as Iron Banner and Trials of Osiris. Additionally, developers also plan to close off methods for purchasing silver, the game’s in-game currency used in micro-transactions. Support for these features will reportedly end around sometime in August.
Many of these changes will understandably displease fans, as the studio seems to want to encourage players to make the jump to current-gen consoles, since “90% of Destiny players are present on PS4 and Xbox One.” Still, its also worth noting that players on last-gen consoles will still have access to raids, weekly nightfalls and strike playlists, as well as the famous Prison of Elders.
However, the message is loud and clear. Bungie plans to completely phase out last-gen consoles, but are taking things slowly in order to give players time to upgrade their consoles to newer versions. The developers likely recognise that many players might not be able to make the transition to current-gen due to financial constraints and other reasons, but Bungie do want to focus on the newer systems, since the majority of video game developers are doing the same. With the PlayStation Neo and Xbox Scorpio coming soon, developers may completely ditch production of content for last-gen consoles entirely.
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