Up to now, Destiny has been available, and fully supported, on both the current generation of video game consoles—Playstation 4 and Xbox One—and the older Playstation 3 and Xbox 360. With the next big new expansion, “Rise of Iron,” Bungie’s changing that. It’s time for an upgrade.
Bungie ran down how things will be changing in a blog post, but it boils down to this: if you’re playing on PS3 or Xbox 360, you won’t be able to access new “live” content in the game once “Rise of Iron” drops (or “Rise of Iron” content itself). That means events like the Iron Banner or Trials of Osiris multiplayer tournaments will be off-limits, as will any special limited-time things, like Destiny’s Halloween-themed Festival of the Lost from last year, or its Sparrow Racing League. “Legacy” console players also won’t be able to buy new weapons from Xur, the spooky tentacle-faced merchant who only shows up on the weekends but carries the coolest stuff.
The other big difference is that right now, players’ accounts are shared between old consoles and new of the same kind—so if you have a PS3 character, it’s available on PS4 when you upgrade. Some time around October, though, they’ll be separated and characters on old consoles won’t carry forward on the new ones.
On the upside, Bungie is making it easy for players on old hardware to move their characters over to new hardware. There’s an “account import” button that’ll transfer all your Destiny junk to new hardware, provided you have a copy of this year’s Destiny: The Taken King package that lumps all the new content together.
Bungie says this is all because to go forward with Destiny, it needs to use the upgraded hardware of the Playstation 4 and Xbox One, which is why players on old hardware can’t play “Rise of Iron” content. Really, three years into the PS4/Xbox One era, it’s almost surprising that Bungie has supported old consoles as long as it has. Still a bummer that Destiny die-hards who want to hang on to the hundreds of hours they’ve played in the game will need to shell out a couple hundred dollars for the privilege, but hey, at least the Xbox One just got a price cut.