Prepare to Change Your Destiny

Bungie Releases Expansion for Award-Winning Game

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This poster art from GameStop for Rise of Iron beckons players of Destiny to face this latest challenge.

Ryan McFarlin

Destiny is an online first-person shooter game developed by Bungie, the creators of Halo, and published by Activision. The game, originally released on September 9, 2014, is still going strong with sixteen million registered players worldwide. The game has had three expansions so far, two in year one and one in year two, that have radically changed the game and how people play it. They each added new missions, equipable items, and improved on the game’s backstory, and now Bungie is changing their fantasy world again. As of September 20, 2016, the Rise of Iron could officially be installed onto Xbox One and Playstation 4s everywhere for only $30.

     Rise of Iron is not as big as the previous expansion, The Taken King, but what it adds is still quite substantial. The first thing many players will notice is a new campaign and new supporting characters in the form of Lord Saladin and Tyra Karn, who are the last members of the warrior sect called The Lords of Iron. Throughout the campaign, players will hunt down the mortal enemies of the Iron Lords, a self-repairing nanotechnology that they call SIVA. Another addition to the game is the change to the environment on Earth, such as a layer of heavy snow and new rooms carved into the walls surrounding the last human controlled city. After the completion of the campaign players can enter the Archon’s Forge, which is an arena filled with SIVA infused aliens. For players who prefer to play competitively, a new game type, very similar to Kill Confirmed from Call of Duty, has been introduced. For the game’s few elite players is a new and ridiculously difficult raid which pits a team of six against complex puzzles and SIVA’s greatest champions. The new content will keep players going for a while, but it probably won’t hold out until Destiny 2’s release a year from now.