On September 20, Bungie will roll out Destiny: Rise of Iron, the latest in a long line of expansion packs for its ever-popular shared-world shooter, across PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
Crucially, the upcoming DLC release represents “a fork in the road” for the studio, given that Rise of Iron will skip the “legacy consoles” in favor of current-gen hardware. That doesn’t necessarily mean that Bungie’s support for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions of Destiny will dry up all of a sudden; instead, the studio believes the staggered release was inevitable considering that the team “would have to start subtracting from the player experience on the legacy consoles to add new content.”
In an official blog post, publisher Activision outlined the reasoning behind the decision:
This was an inevitable fork in the road. With all of our content updates to Destiny, the world of the game has become a big place. We’ve reached a point where we would have to start subtracting from the player experience on the legacy consoles to add new content. Instead, we’ve chosen to leave the game intact on the PS3 and Xbox 360, and work on paths for upgrades and account conversions.
Destiny: Rise of Iron is expected to drop across PS4 and Xbox One on September 20. From that point on, those Guardians on last-gen hardware can expect some changes to the way Bungie handles content updates, and you can get an overview on that via the infographic below.