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Activision Comments On Destiny Upgrade Path For PS3 and 360

by Matt Miller on Jun 09, 2016 at 11:26 AM

Today marked the official reveal for Destiny: Rise of Iron. The new expansion, set to hit on September 20, marks a turning point for the game, as this is the first time that new content will only be available on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Players who are still engaging with the game on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 won’t be able to play the new content without changing consoles. 

During today’s live stream, Bungie suggested that there may be some help coming for players who are interested in making the potentially expensive transition. The details of that help remain unclear, but a statement received by Game Informer from Activision reveals that the topic is under discussion with both Sony and Microsoft. 

“We are exploring potential options for players to upgrade Destiny from last-gen to next-gen and will have more to say about that with our hardware partners soon,” the statement reads. Taken at face value, the statement suggests that Activision is still hammering out the details of how the upgrade path may work. Regardless, the publisher must feel relatively confident that some significant option will eventually be available, or it would be unlikely we’d get such a definitive statement. 

Old-gen players can look forward to E3 next week to find out if Activision will have more to say on the matter. If they don’t, expect additional info on the upgrade path for Destiny to hit later in the summer. 


Our Take
Many industry veterans have quietly expressed surprise to us that Destiny has maintained old-gen support for as long as it has. As such, the news today that Activision and Bungie are going exclusively new-gen for Rise of Iron isn’t especially unusual, but it is still a potential punch in the gut to longtime players who have never had the opportunity to upgrade. Here’s hoping the arrangement that Activision is pursuing with Sony and Microsoft offers meaningful help to players who might otherwise be left behind.