Destiny's First DLC The Dark Below Has Its Own Story, Reuses Some Existing Areas

Bungie also released a Mars gameplay trailer.

Bungie announced at Gamescom 2014 that it currently has two expansions for Destiny in the works, each of which will introduce new competitive and cooperative adventures, as well as new weapons, armor, and player gear. The first of these expansions, titled The Dark Below will launch in December and introduce "its own story," Bungie has said.

"We call it an expansion because it has one of all the activity types from Destiny, so it's story, strike and beyond—and competitive and cooperative experiences in there," Bungie Director of Production Jonty Barnes told Joystiq in an interview. "As well as new gear, new armor, new weapons and everything else."

Barnes said that at least some of the new story content will take you through different parts of areas included in the main game, so you'll still run into players who don't have the expansion. "We always want to create spaces where people can get together and cooperate, and we feel like that is a big innovation in Destiny," he said.

Bungie also released a trailer (above) showing off gameplay from the game's Mars location.

Publisher Activision recently revealed that Destiny is the most preordered new IP in GameStop's history. It launches September 9 for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.

For more on the game, be sure to read GameSpot Editor Kevin VanOrd's feature on what to expect from Destiny's competitive multiplayer mode, the Crucible.

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Tuckpoint
Tuckpoint

"Reuses some areas" <--- HahahahoHohoHOha.  Quick everyone go buy an expansion pack pass!  Oh this August article is even funnier now after release.  Not sure if I'm mentally stable laughing hysterically at the death of my hobby's industry.  I wonder if they'll at least color the mobs differently for your ExPaNsIoN pack through already explored areas?  Have fun with your blue/red/green/azure/rouge/platinum slime updates!

markbot
markbot

maybe I should just not buy this game at launch. it usually is down to $40 after a few months and the DLCs usually get a lot cheaper too after they skim the early adopters.

Jock9
Jock9

Well we'll see how the whole game does first, if I put down money for it and it sucks then this DLC won't be bothering me. If I like it, I'll put down money for this DLC and the second one as well, if it gives me hours of gameplay. 


I work hard, I play hard. If it's worth my money, I'll pay the bleeding money to enjoy a good solid few hours of gaming, before I go to my monotonous job and life. 


Games are an escape, they're not free. 


Games I avoid like the bleeding plague this year will be Advanced Warfare, and maybe Battlefield: Hardline, nothing new there and not worth paying for.

Unholy123
Unholy123

Games not out, already have the first wave of content planned to nickle and dime the sheep...


The sheep's response "baaaaaah I like getting fleeced of my cash"

markbot
markbot

DLC's like this are ruining console gaming. They should be part of the game. You reap what you sow.


Alternatively, they could distribute the game entirely digitally but at a reduced priced....


There should be an organized boycott of all DLC's like this.

Vambrotious
Vambrotious

The hate for having DLC announced before the release is strong in these comments. As long as DLCs provide a lot of great content for the money I will buy them. I am also glad that companies have the foresight to split their team and develop DLC with one team and finish the main game with the other so that the DLC would be ready a few months after release. If the game is great I wont want to wait half a year for more content.


I don't think DLCs are always "just a cash grab." We should probably spare the moaning until the DLC is release and we see if it's a Shivering Isles or a Horse Armor first. For now I'll give them the benefit of the doubt and believe that their announcing the content is a way of showing that they'll continue to support the game and add great content at a steady pace after launch.

burnettaj
burnettaj

DLC before the game is even released? 

themc_7
themc_7

I feel like the closer this game comes to release, the less I'm looking forward to it. I always get so amped up for games releases, and 9/10 times I'm disappointed with the end product. 


As for the expansion packs, it's disappointing to hear that they will be recycling existing areas. A DLC should be all new! Don't recycle, and resell me the game that I already bought, if I'm gonna buy your "new content" I expect new content!

thelongestyodel
thelongestyodel

Announcing incoming DLC's is the only way to stay relevant and fresh in a market flooded with "AAA" sequels every year. I don't want Destiny 2, I want more guns, missions and stuff. Keep telling me more about the new content you're already planing on adding, haven't been this excited for a new title in years.


To the clueless haters, keep ranting and crying, this game is going to have everyone eating their humble pie come December when it's crowned the next WoW/Halo/Your Life, embrace it.



Gravity_Slave
Gravity_Slave

I really am amazed by Destiny...oh no, not that I think it's a great game, it's not. It's actually a half-arsed MMO wrapped in a shallow point A-to-B FPS.

I'm amazed so many people, even after playing the compartmentalized beta, still think it's the best game ever. After rolling my eyes to the 4th level I finally had to stop. Hearing Peter Dinklage's voice over work that sounded like he lost a bet and was doing this for free caused My brain to start to atrophy with boredom and was slipping away into a basic life support function.

I'm amazed so many of you powered through this drek and still call it epic.

You know a game is bad when it makes Mass Effect look deep.

wexorian
wexorian

They work on dlc and it's not only one i bet , and it's before game get's launched , I bet that dlc and one that comes after 1-2 month maximum will contain better gear than overall game, well sorry ppl but you deserve this coz you jumped on hype train and gave em those ideas. Activision knows that brainwashed ppl will buy those dlc's anyway so they will butcher , cut off any content and sell it for 20$ minimum.

OJ191
OJ191

I bet if Bungie had just kept quiet about the upcoming new content for December and beyond until say, November, nobody would even be making these idiotic complaints.


Even if they were producing it under the exact same method they are doing right now IE having people who don't work on QA/balance, working on the new content instead of going on leave or even being layed off.

lmh003
lmh003

Whatever... I got my PS4 white bundle at a great price, and with Gamestop's 2 year warranty I can body-slam my console in 23 months and get a $450 voucher to the new bundle that's out, plus a few new games whatever they may be come 2016 since the PS4 price is likely to drop by then.


Power to the gamers.... Right GS?

Jag-T1000
Jag-T1000

I thought that with every expansion they would introduce a new planet or something, but this uses existing areas.

WTH! All it's adding is extra missions to the existing game. Major bummer!

drysprocket
drysprocket

I hope this makes people re-think their pre-order. The "value" that this game will deliver is the biggest thing in question...if you aren't at least a tad bit concerned, you may need an accountant.

Daveof89
Daveof89

Oh look.. they just confirmed that they're going to charge customers in chunks. 


Another point for nintendo.

UnrealPro
UnrealPro

Why we're talking about a game's dlc before the game itself is even out is beyond me. Bungie, you've hit a new low. No doubt Activision influenced this bs.

TheHappyDrunk
TheHappyDrunk

@markbot You'll probably want to wait until after Christmas for that. I doubt Activision will drop the MSRP with the holiday shopping season coming up. If they are below their sales projections, they MIGHT throw retailers a bone and give a Black Friday or holiday "sale" price of $45-$50, which would magically become the new retail price right after New Year's (I'm looking at YOU CoD franchise).

Atzenkiller
Atzenkiller

@Vambrotious  Devs don't need to support a game with dlc in the future if they put it in the game right away. Actually that's what they've always been doing. Before dlc there were expansion packs, which usually offered tons of new content.

NFJSupreme
NFJSupreme

By definition dlc are a cash grab

flaw600
flaw600

@burnettaj We all knew that there would be DLC. Those are expansion packs - similar to WoW expansion packs. How come nobody complains about them? Rather than release Destiny 2, they're sticking to the expansion pack model. What's the big deal?

berserks
berserks

@themc_7 It s not really clear but it look like you ll sometime have to go through some of the existing area to go to the new dlc one ( they need people to be around for the random events after all ).So at least a part of each of those mission will have unseen area which is fine by me .

flaw600
flaw600

@TERMINATOR-SSD  We all knew that there would be DLC. Those are expansion packs - similar to WoW expansion packs. How come nobody complains about them? Rather than release Destiny 2, they're sticking to the expansion pack model. What's the big deal?

Aaronp2k
Aaronp2k

@aniruddh22 in all honesty I had more fun playing the destiny beta than I did playing any of the halo games. so I would say it not only compares with halo, but it is actually better than halo. It plays similar in some ways, but much more modern and innovated. bungie have done a fantastic job.

berserks
berserks

@Gravity_Slave So basically you played for 30 minutes ( not even trying a strike or pvp ) and then think you experienced the game enough to say we are stupid to think it s great ?


The only thing that  i m amazed about is that you took the time to write something about a game you don t give a %$*% about from the moment you got inand that you think it s alright to judge people after experiencing pretty much nothing from the game .

flaw600
flaw600

@wexorian  We all knew that there would be DLC. Those are expansion packs - similar to WoW expansion packs. How come nobody complains about them? Rather than release Destiny 2, they're sticking to the expansion pack model. What's the big deal?

wexorian
wexorian

@OJ191 that's bull sh.t you know that, they are afraid that game ain't gonna generate enough money so they throw more and more dlc's , this is just begining :)

berserks
berserks

@Jag-T1000 I don t really mind no new planet on the first dlc but if there is none in the second one,  i ll be sad for sure .

OJ191
OJ191

@Jag-T1000 To play devils advocate (though I am also worried), they did not say that it will ONLY use existing areas. For that matter it doesn't specify whether they won't be new sections within the old areas, just that it will be set within old areas.


To quote "at least some of the new story content will take you through different parts of areas included in the main game"


It definitively states "different parts" of areas included in the main game. What this will mean in practice is as of yet unknown.



/devilsadvocateoff


Yeah I'm pretty worried about it, but the wording does leave room for them to not disappoint us. I hope.

lmh003
lmh003

@Daveof89 hmmm. Nowhere in this article was a monetary statement made... Simply that they will have a dlc. 
I do believe they will charge for it, but like GTAV there are more games with free updates lately.


So in fact, they did not confirm anything in regards to charging their customers... Just saying

OJ191
OJ191

@UnrealPro Because it's currently in planning while they stomp the last of the bugs and prepare for release?


No really are you saying those who aren't working on the main game currently like artists etc should just be layed off instead of working on expansion content?


Or are you just saying Bungie isn't allowed to say "hey guys we're working on this awesome content which should be ready in December, just a heads up hope you all like it" on pain of death?

deadpool2699
deadpool2699

@flaw600 @burnettaj The big deal is that this expansion is coming so fast after the release of the game and they are talking about it before the game is even out. If it was out and they announced it 2 or 3 months after release then it would be fine. The $60 kinda loses it value as you spend your money on a partly incomplete game. There is no way that this could have not been in the full release of the game. It's just Activision and/or Bungie just making you pay more money on a game then you should have to. DLC's are not bad if used correctly.

TERMINATOR-SSD
TERMINATOR-SSD

@flaw600 DLC announced, talked and made before the game has even come out. WoW expansions came out much later after release. I cant stand it when developers / publishers do this. Give us the FULL game first, let us all play it for a long time, THEN make DLC / expansion packs.


Its basically saying, You buy the game, but it wont be complete until you buy this this and that and that. This S**t needs to stop. 

flaw600
flaw600

@pixipel @Gravity_Slave ME was not a masterpiece in any sense of the word. ME1 was great, 2 was ok (didn't really like the direction they took but gameplay was still good) ME3 was crap

Gravity_Slave
Gravity_Slave

@berserks

If a game can't keep me engaged long enough (I played for 2 1/2 hours) to see the other stuff you're talking about than it can't be very good from the start can it?

I bet if I wiggled a set of shiny keys in front of you, that would give you the same enjoyment as a session with Destiny. I don't know what's worse...Destiny or the small army of twits waving it's flag.

flaw600
flaw600

@wexorian @OJ191 The DLC doesn't even launch until December. That 4 solid months of original Destiny. We all knew that there would be DLC. Those are expansion packs - similar to WoW expansion packs. How come nobody complains about them? Rather than release Destiny 2, they're sticking to the expansion pack model. What's the big deal?

OJ191
OJ191

@lmh003 @Daveof89 The expansion pass is already being advertised for $$$ though...


Saying "OMG they're cutting the game into pieces to nickel and dime us" is absurd though when the first new content release isn't until December.

UnrealPro
UnrealPro

@OJ191 @UnrealPro I didn't think I'd have someone jumping up to defend such pitiful business practices so quickly. I'd rather have a smoother launch, a more complete main game, and an overall great experience with the main game, than worry about a game's dlc BEFORE the main game's even released, BEFORE we know it's a good game, and BEFORE we know for sure how MUCH content we're getting with the main game. You're the type of consumer that will bend over and submit to sleazy business practices imposed on customers, like microtransactions, day one dlc, and preorder exclusive dlc, no matter how absurd it is. Please, stop being a sheep and think for yourself.

ausgoss
ausgoss

@deadpool2699 @flaw600 @burnettaj Yeah... You do understand that the DLC isn't going to be coming out until December right? So there is your 3 month release.... So yeah... You got to actually do some research before you start bitching all over the internet. 

ausgoss
ausgoss

@TERMINATOR-SSD @flaw600 You do know that a lot of DLC is planned before hand right? Like for a lot of games, at release will have the first DLC almost done..... This counts for almost all the games that you play, and all of the games that have a yearly release! 

flaw600
flaw600

@TERMINATOR-SSD You seem to think that WoW expansions started development after the main game. Untrue. The initial expansions were being developed (at least in storyline stage) while the main game was as well and expansions 1 and 2 were released within a year of each other. It's not like WD's exclusives which came out like 2 weeks after release, which I agree is ridiculous. This is 3 months after release. If you can't level up completely after 3 months then that's on you. You could probably level up all 3 characters. The existence of DLC was announced when the game itself was announced. We all knew that rather than having imminent sequels that there would be expansion packs. Whether those expansions affect the original gameplay (replacing story rather than adding non-essential story) remains to be seen but its ludicrous to think that just b/c DLC is being released 3 months after launch that it's adding cut out content. Activision might be publishing the game, but remember that Bungie is developing the series. Activision has given Bungie a rather large leeway in which to do as well. In an age where there are multiple games coming out each month, there has to be a reason to stick with a franchise. It's not like it was a decade ago when WoW didn't have to compete with anything. $30-$35 for 2 expansions isn't bad. It adds weapons, other items, and storyline, which, again probably isn't absolutely essential. I'd be far more weary if this game was coming out of EA or even Ubisoft studios, but its not. 

Daveof89
Daveof89

@OJ191 @lmh003 @Daveof89 How does the release date of the content have to do with the fact that they're going to end up charging $90-$120 for the full game?...

lmh003
lmh003

@OJ191 @Daveof89 I'm sure they will charge for the DLC. I'm just playing DA for a minute... 


I'm never one to pre-order dlc... I will pre-order a game, but if I don't like the main story then I've lost twice if I have the dlc on pre-order as well. 
I'll wait for people to post reviews and gauge the value at that time. 


I just hope they don't get overzealous and push this first game too far... Halo made it so far because they let the game speak for itself. It didn't need all the bells and whistles and "new" stuff for the gamer.  
I'd love to see this game franchise for a few years AND be successful. 

Only time will tell!

OJ191
OJ191

@UnrealPro The people designing the DLC have nothing to do on the main game.


By saying they shouldn't work on DLC when all that is left on the main game is QA and possibly some balancing, you are saying they should lay off everyone not involved with QA and balancing. (or pay them for doing no work, but what are the odds of that)

lmh003
lmh003

@Daveof89 @OJ191 @lmh003 Welcome to the modern age... I was surprised when PS4 games weren't retailing at 80$.

They can do whatever they want because truth is, people will still buy it. 

UnrealPro
UnrealPro

@OJ191 @UnrealPro  They are still employed by Bungie, which means they are diverting resources from the main game to dlc...again...BEFORE the main game's even released, BEFORE we know it's a good game, and BEFORE we know for sure how MUCH content we're getting with the main game. They did the same thing with Battlefield 4 and look how that launch and subsequent aftermath ended up, and now Destiny is also coming out for last gen and this gen at the same time (minus PC). DLC will not matter if the launch of this game is terrible and takes months to smooth out due to the resources being spread out, bugs, glitches, cheaters, lag, characters and experience being or having to be reset, or other nuisances. 

Teebown24
Teebown24

@UnrealPro im just gonna hop in here and say if someones job is, say, character design and graphical design, and all thats left in production on the game they were tasked to is to iron out bugs in the code and run it through the QA department, do you know what the graphical designer is doing relating to production of that game?


NOT A DAMN THING.


theyve either been A) tasked on a new game. or B) for games like this, which bungie stated SHORTLY AFTER REVEAL that they wanted a long life for, they are working on expansions/dlc/small addons for the game.


Its simple business practice. they are not diverting resources from the main game if they already had assets set aside for the expansions they intended to do when they decided to make the game.


mind you, i do agree with you on one point: i miss the days when hearing that DLC was coming for a game was a genuine surprise, not a damned expectation.

OJ191
OJ191

@UnrealPro You're an idiot and I'm done replying to you. Artists and the like cannot squash bugs, much like you would not expect a programmer to be making character models or concept art. At the stage Destiny is at Bungie has a choice for everyone not involved with game balance and bug squashing: 

1) Lay them off

2) Put them on leave (paid or unpaid, but more likely unpaid)

3) Put them to work on expansion content for the future


Pretty sure everyone prefers #3, consumers get content sooner, nobody gets layed off, bungie gets money from selling extra content sooner than they might have if they put everyone on leave until the game had released.


The sad thing is I bet if they had just said nothing about the content until say November, even if they were doing exactly what they are currently, none of your hypocrits would have said a thing about it.