Will the House of Wolves DLC Bring Hardcore Players Back to Destiny?

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So I think we are all in agreement that the grand visions of Destiny were oversold to us. What we know for sure is that Bungie had some hard times in the run up to launch of Destiny and what we are currently playing is a game with probaby about 8 months of hard development in it. This isn’t Bungie’s fault entirely, I’m sure they would have wanted to hold Destiny back until it lived upto its name and was a game to end all games. But unfortunately, game companies are more corporate than we like to believe and with the game already having a fairly lengthy delay beforehand, Activision wanted to push the game out as soon as it was playable.

This resulted in a super fun experience for about 50 hours for most players, and significantly longer if you like grinding to get the best loot, like myself. I was addicted to this game and played over 800 hours in the first 6 months of the game! That is a huge portion of my time over that time period playing with my clan members who all got sucked in by the hype of this game and came together just before launch. At first we all raided every week, without exception and it was great, Tuesday night (when the raids reset) was like Christmas morning for us.

But gradually over time our clan has begun to sour with Destiny, not playing nearly as much as we used to, in a big part because we’ve done everything there is to do in the game, collected every weapon, every piece of armour and done every mission in every way possible. The game has had a good run for me but I expected more, after all Activision and Bungie sold us this “10 year experience” and my clan are pretty much out of things to do after 6 months.

This is one of the reasons House of Wolves needs to blow us out of the water, as well as needing to sell the “comet” DLC to the larger part of the playerbase as the season pass only covers the first 2 expansions.

Bungie have already confirmed that there will not be a raid in the House of Wolves DLC, but instead there will be an arena mode. People are speculating that this will be a horde mode similar to to that of Gears of War and probably more close to that of Halo’s firefight. People are taking this different ways. A large part of the community really hate that the raid has been taken out of this expansion. Many people only really buy them for the raids, which is understandable as it’s such a fun end game experience and the most fun thing to do in Destiny. On the other side of it, some people can’t regularly get 6 people together to raid so the 3 player arena mode is a welcome sight. I, myself am happy that Bungie have decided to add something new to freshen up the staleness of the game. I choose to believe that if the arena mode goes well, then from future DLC’s we will see even more content, possibly another arena area with different loot and another new raid, meaning double the end game. It seems like a win if they can pull it off!

Another big thing coming from this expansion is the Trials of Osiris competitive multiplayer mode. That name will probably ring a bell if you’ve been following Destiny since launch, as it was a datamined gamemode that was not officially confirmed by Bungie. This is a big deal for the future of Destiny as it gives people a reason to play the, very un-inspiring and un-rewarding, multiplayer in the game. As far as I can tell, it is not even worth playing in this game if you’re going for loot, you want to be in the strike playlist. But the Trials of Osiris could change this as there are exotic bounties in the code of the activity and some other cool loot. It’s gonna be challenging and hard, but so worth it!

Then there is what seems to be a more fleshed out storyline than the Dark Below had, as the Fallen house that the Queen of the Reef offered refuge to, who happened to name her the Kell, turn on her forcing her to call for aid from the Guardians in a last ditch effort to fight against them. To be honest, I’m a lot more interested in the story of the House of Wolves than I ever was in The Dark Below. Maybe that’s just because the Fallen are the coolest race.

Either way, if this DLC doesn’t bring both hardcore and core players back to the game, then not much will and sales of their comet expansion will plummet, leaving Destiny in the dust. Let’s hope that doesn’t happen and that Destiny continues to grow into a great experience for the next 10 years!

What do you guys think? Are you still playing Destiny? Are you excited for the House of Wolves? Let us know in the comments below!

George Seymour