Gamers have known that some stuff in Destiny would be exclusive to the PS3 and PS4 for a while now. But as it so often is, "exclusive" has been a vague term here. A new video Sony released today gives a clearer picture of everything that PlayStation owners will get their hands on before anyone else.
You can watch the video up top. Here's the information broken down in list form:
- The Dust Palace Strike, which is "an exclusive three-player cooperative Strike that can be played with friends or match made."
- Exodus Blue, a competitive multiplayer map. Sony recommends pairing it with the Control or Skirmish gameplay modes.
- The Monte Carlo, "an exotic assault rifle."
- The Hawkmoon, an "exotic hand cannon," and "a true gunslinger's weapon."
- The Warlock class gets a special set called the Manifold Seeker, "built to help Warlocks survive the secret realms of the Vex." How thoughtful!
- Titan class players will get one called Vanir. It sounds a lot like the Manifold Seeker, except Vanir was made specially to protect Titans instead of Warlocks. Makes sense.
- Hunters get something called Argus, a light armour type to go along with all their frontier-scouting activities. Convenient!
Sony previously noted that PlayStation owners will get three special ships. They didn't give much information besides the names and the fact that they look cool:
- "Aurora Wake"
- "Crypt Hammer"
- "Outrageous Fortune"
Snazzy, right? I mean, at least for PlayStation owners. But remember: as with the recent kerfuffle over Rise of the Tomb Raider's Xbox One exclusivity, it's important to make sure we understand as best we can what "exclusive" actually means in this case.
Here's how Sony defines it in the video's description:
Check out this extended look at the amazing Destiny® content coming exclusively to PlayStation® systems when the game launches on 9/9/2014*.
Note the asterisk. Always with the asterisk! Go a few lines further down and...
*Timed exclusive until at least Fall 2015
Ok, now we're getting somewhere. So it sounds like Sony just has a timed window of exclusivity of "at least" a year. After that, who knows what'll happen? My money is on some new DLC.
The timed exclusivity might be a tad disappointing for diehard PlayStation fans who were looking forward to lording their console-specific Destiny privileges over all their poor friends playing the game on Xbox One or 360. But by the same token, it also means that Xbox gamers don't have to worry about getting a subpar version of a game that looks incredibly promising — at least for long, if they're really fiending for "a true gunslinger's weapon" or one of the other special items here.