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Destiny's The Dark Below Expansion Detailed, Launching December 9

New story quests, weapons and gear, and more.

By Scott Lowe on October 29, 2014 Communications Manager, Activision
Level 11

On December 9, The Dark Below — the first downloadable expansion for Destiny — will arrive across all supported platforms. With all-new weapons and gear, story quests, multiplayer arenas, a challenging new cooperative Strike, six-player Raid, and more, The Dark Below will broaden the Destiny universe and give players new opportunities to evolve their Guardian.

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In The Dark Below, a new character Eris will arrive at the Tower to deliver an ominous warning: that The Hive plans to summon a powerful god, Crota, to destroy Earth. Through three new story quests, The Will of Crota Strike, and the Crota’s End Raid, players will fight to uncover and eliminate The Hive’s forces and save humanity. As players progress, they’ll have an opportunity to earn all-new weapons, armor, and gear for their Guardian, including Legendary and Exotic items. What’s more, The Dark Below will raise the maximum Light Level to 32 and introduce five additional Bounty slots.

The expansion will also add three new competitive multiplayer maps. Set in a Vex temple within the Black Garden, Pantheon features tight corridors and Vex-designed landscapes, while in Skyshock players will battle in an interplanetary defense array across both vehicle and infantry engagements. Finally, The Cauldron is housed within an abandoned Hive ritual site for frenetic, tight-quarters combat. Those on PlayStation platforms will gain access to an additional cooperative Strike dubbed The Undying Mind and more as an exclusive until Fall 2015.

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The Dark Below will be available as part of the Destiny Expansion Pass or can be purchased separately for $19.99. For all the latest on Destiny, be sure to follow @DestinyTheGame and @Bungie on Twitter.


Level 1

I'm looking all over the expansion pass I purchased and it doesn't say anywhere that a (good) portion of the content will be held back for over a year before I have access to it. This seems a bit unfair. Would anyone at activision please explain to me why I, as an XB1 player, am getting less for something that I purchased at the same retail rate as a PS player? I am pretty furious actually.

Level 1

But for real, can someone talk to me?

Level 14

3 story missions? How can you call them "story missions" when there was no coherent story in the vanilla game? Oh yay, a new strike. Too bad they're redundant and useless to the end-game player.

Destiny- the biggest letdown in the gaming industry's history.

Level 43

Its because Sony signed a deal with Activision ( Now Infinity Ward - name change at the new fiscal year ). Its like the same idea as the Xbox getting earlier COD stuff than the other platforms.

I suppose the deal extends further though sense the PS platforms get more bang for their buck, which is kinda unfair. I agree with you that the content should be the same of every platform.

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