Every Destiny fan has September 15th circled on their calendars. That is the day The Taken King expansion releases. One feature won’t be there on day one, though – the King’s Fall raid.
Bungie’s Luke Smith told IGN during their live show at PAX Prime 2015 that they “have a plan for when it’s going to be available.”
Smith added, “I promise for people who are excited about the raid will know when it’s time to take time off work. “we’ll give em’ a heads up.”
This isn’t completely unusual. Destiny’s first raid, Vault of Glass, wasn’t available until seven days after the launch of Destiny. Bungie appears to be taking a similar approach with King’s Fall. The level (light) cap is seeing a larger increase in The Taken King from 34 to 40. Previous expansions increased the level cap by two.
Bungie wants to give everyone some time to get towards the level cap before making the raid available to everyone.
Learn more about The Taken King on Wednesday
The third and final live stream leading up to the release of The Taken King will cover a new game mode – Court of Oryx.
Court of Oryx is a new end-game activity coming with the release of The Taken King. It’s set in the expansion’s new Dreadnaught location. Here’s how Luke Smith described the mode in a tweet earlier this month.
Court of Oryx is NOT like Prison of Elders. It is a public gameplay experience built into Dreadnaught where players summon bosses together
— Luke Smith (@thislukesmith) August 6, 2015
The latest issue of Edge dives into a bit more detail on the Court of Oryx mode. You will use Runes that you’ve purchased or acquired in order to summon different challenges. There are four rune tiers, each corresponding to four different difficulty levels. These difficulty levels aren’t just ‘easy, normal, hard, very hard.’ Instead, the higher difficulties will focus on the mechanics of each fight. The higher the difficulty, the more unique modifiers you will face.
On Wednesday, we’ll see exactly what kind of fights will take place in this new mode and some of the rewards for completing it. Bungie’s Ben Wommack and Luke Smith will be joined by community member Laced Up Lauren at 11 a.m. PT on Bungie’s Twitch channel.