Mark your calendars people: it begins today. I'm talking about the silly season of gaming that the last few months of the year becomes, and it begins today with the release of one of the biggest AAA titles around.
That game, of course, is the latest expansion for Destiny. And if you're planning on investing hundreds of hours into Bungie's new content, or you're looking to get into the game for the first time, then here's where you can pick up the cheapest copy.
If you're just looking to upgrade to Rise of Iron from The Taken King, this is how much you can expect to pay. Those who never picked up The Taken King will need to grab The Collection upgrade instead.
Price: $81.95 (XBO, via Ebay)
This deal doesn't use the 15% site-wide discount that Ebay's running right now, but a separate voucher code (AU4BJ2MLXZQBM was what I saw) that only works if you pay via PayPal.
If you can't or don't want to use PayPal at checkout, you can apply the CODE15 voucher at checkout, which brings the game down to around $86. Either way, neither is the best deal — although you are getting a substantial amount of content at the $80 price point regardless.
Price: $63.95 ($19 for The Taken King with Ebay discount, $44.95 through PSN for Rise of Iron upgrade)
OK, so this one's a bit convoluted. Target doesn't have any listings for Destiny: The Collection, but if you use the PayPal voucher code to get The Taken King for $19 and then buy the Rise of Iron upgrade through the PlayStation Store you should still come out ahead.
If you go through the website and buy The Taken King normally, it'll cost you more. Target added that they will be stocking Destiny: The Collection in store, although as per usual they're not revealing the price:
@thedippaeffect We won't be stocking Rise of Iron, we will however be stocking Destiny: The Collection, we can't comment on price just yet!
— Target Australia (@Targetaus) September 20, 2016
Price: $79 (PS4, XBO)
Note that you can still pick up The Taken King's Legendary Edition for $39 on PS4. Rise of Iron still costs $44.95, so you're losing out in the long run, but if you wanted to experience Destiny on the cheap then there's that option.
Price: $89.95 (PS4, XBO)
Nothing special here. Find it for cheaper elsewhere and price match if you have to.
Price: $80 (XBO)
Bit odd that Big W are only offering the Xbox One version, but they've never been known for having a wide gaming range to begin with.
Price: $62.99 (PS4, XBO)
Hands down the best price straight up for Destiny: The Collection. Even if you pay $5 for the express delivery, however, it'll still take up to 6 working days for the game to arrive even if you're living in a metropolitan area. That's the price you get for buying from the UK, though.
Price: $74.11 (XBO), $80.85 (PS4)
Nothing outstanding — you may as well go to a brick and mortar retailer at that price. At least you don't have to wait for shipping.
Price: ~$87 (PS4/XBO)
It's nice that you can get Amazon to ship to Australia, although you aren't getting a fantastic deal through this. If you pay with Australian currency, the total amount (at the time of writing) comes to $90.02. Regardless, you'll still have to wait a minimum of 9 business days; 7 if you pay the few dollars extra for AmazonGlobal Expedited Shipping.
The fastest option is the $US30.59 global shipping, but at those prices you might as well just buy the thing outright digitally. The download will probably be done by the time it arrives anyway.
So that's how much it'll cost you to pick up Rise of Iron today from the major retailers and online stores. See something we missed? And will you be picking up the new Destiny expansion?