Destiny Beta, DLC Release Date: Bungie’s 10 Year Destiny Plan to Begin With ‘The Dark Below’

Bungie will kick off their 10-year Destiny plan with the DLC, “The Dark Below.”

The Destiny beta just ended last month on July 27, and more than 4.6 million people participated in the online multiplayer action role-playing first person shooter.

The game is scheduled for release for the PS4, PS3, Xbox One, and Xbox 360 on September 9, 2014, and the first DLC pack, “The Dark Below,” is set for a December 2014 release. 

Bungie Director of Production Jonty Barnes told Joystiq at Gamescom that: “The Dark Below is actually a really interesting expansion; it’s got its own story.”

“We call it an expansion because it has one of all the activity types from Destiny, so it’s story, strike and beyond – and competitive and cooperative experiences in there.

“As well as new gear, new armor, new weapons and everything else.

“Some of that attaches to existing places that you’re familiar to, so you might find that as you’re going through new areas, that you actually collide with players who are just playing the existing Destiny content. You’ll have those collisions.

“We always want to create spaces where people can get together and cooperate, and we feel like that is a big innovation in Destiny.”

Players who fear that the game might head off in a radical new direction or even restart with the DLC have no reason to fear.

Barnes said: “We’re going to change the game after launch in a frequency that we think makes sense, and that isn’t going to be dependent on The Dark Below.

“We always wanted to build a new universe but keep building upon it, rather than to do a complete and utter restart periodically.”

In other words, it looks like Destiny could be going the way of Blizzard’s World of Warcraft, that is, adding on brand new levels yet allowing players to build on their existing characters without fear that their efforts in leveling up and acquiring equipment will go to waste.