Available for $19.99 (£19.99), the content pack can be purchased individually or as part of the game’s season pass, which also includes Destiny’s sophomore expansion, House of Wolves, due to release in the early stages of 2015.
In tandem with the announcement, the studio stated that The Dark Below will indeed raise the game’s level cap from 30 to 32, and that the expansion itself will introduce an array of all-new exotic and legendary items that will help facilitate that progression beyond the original level ceiling. Moreover, budding Guardians will now be able to take on ten bounties rather than five, meaning you can continue to collect spinmetal to your heart’s content.
As for story, players can expect The Dark Below to center around a new vendor known as Eris, who will appear in the Tower should players opt to purchase the DLC itself. With the malicious Crota causing havoc across the solar system, Eris wills send Guardians out to defeat the big bad and his Hive swarm.
In addition to this content, a new strike mission entitled The Will of Crota will be included, with those who play Destiny on PlayStation platforms gaining access to an additional strike (The Undying Mind) as part of Sony’s exclusivity deal with Bungie.
However, all users will gain access to a six-player raid known as Crota’s End regardless of platform. Much like the recent leak suggested, this skirmish will be situated within Hellmouth, and will be unlocked a little after release in the vein of September’s Vault of Glass. Here’s hoping it proves just as challenging as that particular Venus raid when the DLC hits in a couple of months.
The Dark Below will become available to Destiny players on December 9th, 2014.