If you’re that rare breed of gamer who is dedicated to Destiny on the Xbox One, you deserve some credit. It’s been a hard slog, and being shut out of exclusive content can’t have been fun. But I have some bad news for you — if you were hoping to finally get access to some of the timed exclusives from The Taken King, you’ll have to wait a little longer.
Bungie’s community manager, David Dague, confirmed in an interview at GamesCom that the timed exclusive content for The Taken King would come to Xbox One in “fall 2017”. At the very least that translates to the Australian autumn, but given how the northern hemisphere talks about seasons it’s more likely that we’re look at spring. That’s also the same window when Destiny 2 is expected to appear on all platforms.
The confirmation follows a furore on social media following Rise of Iron and the content within that. Users noticed that the Icarus and Sector 618 maps were marked as PlayStation 4 exclusives, as well as the Echo Chamber strike and an exclusive quest.
Sector 618 and Echo Chamber, as well as the quest, a Sparrow and an armour set, were originally released for The Taken King. Fans on Xbox One were hoping they’d get a taste of that some time this year, but Bungie has now confirmed that content is staying Sony-exclusive until next year, which is really galling for those who have been with Destiny on Xbox from the beginning.
The question is: who made the decision to extend the exclusive content? There’s always the possibility that the decision was taken out of Bungie’s hands and was entirely a call between Activision and Sony. That’s entirely speculation, of course.
Either way, it sucks for Xbox fans of Destiny, and anyone who hates the concept of timed exclusives. I’ve also reached out to Activision for confirmation on the timing for Australians, and I’ll update the post if and when they respond.