Yesterday saw the first part of Destiny’s April update being revealed and there is a fair amount even in just this first part. Visit the post on Bungie’s site and the first thing you’ll be greeted with is a message stating
“The battered remnants of the Reef are mopping up the lingering Taken forces throughout the system. The worst have been captured by the Awoken and await judgment in the Prison of Elders, but a pretender to Oryx’s vacant throne has escaped Variks’ vengeful grasp. Hunt the dark beast down before he grows too powerful and reap the rewards that await you. The April Update is available on 4.12.2016 for all Destiny: The Taken King players.”
The first reveal of the update sees the reveal of the new challenges players can expect.
Firstly, the maximum light has been raised. But not for free. The new challenges will see Guardians having to rise to the challenge to earn their light. Difficulty and Rewards have been increased in Prison of Elders, Court of Oryx, Heroic Strikes, Nightfall Strikes, and in the King’s Fall Raid, as well as Iron Banner and Trials of Osiris.
The update will also see a brand new mode called Challenge of the Elders. Challenge of the Elders allows players to face the Taken and eight updated boss in a level 41 version of Prison of Elders. Guardians are instructed to visit Variks to take part in the mode which features scoring, weekly boss battles, gameplay twists and rewards.
“Claim an Elders’ Sigil from Variks each week in The Reef, and put your Fireteam to the test against three consecutive boss waves. The bosses and the gameplay modifiers change each week, for a total of sixteen unique encounters. Your score is tracked on the Elders’ Sigil, and on Bungie.net Leaderboards.”
There is also a new quest featuring the Blighted Chalice strike. The quest sees Guardians leading an assault on the Dreadnaught, while a “would-be Taken Prince” flees for safety. Guardians are tasked with hunting him down and stopping him. There is also the Taken Strike: Winter’s Run. The description reads:
“A cell, from the Prison of Elders! The Taken now corrupt this territory where the Fallen House of Winter once attempted to raise a powerful Archon Priest. Fight your way to the cell. Stop the Taken surge.”
There is also an updated difficulty and rewards for King’s Fall and Court of Oryx. Kingsfall Normal drops increased a light level of 320, Kingsfall Hard drops are now 330 and Court of Oryx Artifact Drops increased to light level 335.
The rest of the update is set to be revealed later this month and into April, with the new rewards being revealed March 30th and new live updates being revealed April 6th.
But is this enough content to keep the attention of Destiny fans? Only time will tell. But with Destiny 2 not coming around until 2017 and an expansion planned for later this year, Bungie really need to keep Guardian’s attention on their game until the expansion lands.