adds one huge new location for players to explore called the Dreadnaught. Today in its , developer Bungie explained what players can expect from the Dreadnaught when the expansion launches this September.
The Dreadnaught is a flagship of the Taken, the new enemy class coming with the expansion. It’s also a stolen Hive tombship, and its design reflects both its Hive architecture and the Taken’s influence. You can see a gallery of concept art and in-game screens below (concept art and corresponding screenshots are in pairs, concept art first).
Senior Artist Andrew Hopps wrote that the team is attempting to make the ship feel massive, like it’s a huge new world for players to explore. “It was important to us that you would feel the scale as you moved through the hulls of the Dreadnaught, never sure about what to expect as large spaces condensed to claustrophobic tunnels before revealing entirely new areas of the ship,” he explained. “A sense of wonder about the unknown is what drove a lot of the spatial design. It was an incredibly fun challenge… to capture the idea of this unfathomable threat, a monstrous spaceship captained by the Taken King, yet filled with vast caverns and unknown passages. I can’t wait for players to explore and discover all of its secrets.”
In addition, Bungie is adding a lot of missions and activities for players to do while they’re exploring the Dreadnaught. In the base game, players could embark on Patrols of the different locations. You could complete simple little missions for small amounts of currency, and you could also participate in difficult Public Events. Both are coming to the Dreadnaught, but with some changes.
Designer Ben Wommack said, “We’ve created a suite of new mechanics and woven them into the Patrol mode. Every week, every day even, it will draw you back to fight through to its depths for loot and glory. Expect to find new Bounties, Patrol Missions, and Public Events both large and smallâ€”some of which you can even instigate yourself, if you can discover how.”
Wommack also described the Dreadnaught as an “inscrutable, loot-filled fortress” with secrets to uncover. To find some, players will have to come back many times to the Dreadnaught and scour the environment for clues.
Finally, Bungie showed off one of the new bosses players will encounter in Patrol mode, called the Darkblade. You can see some pictures of Darkblade in the gallery below.
Destiny: The Taken King launches on September 15 for $40, but it has . You can check out . Recently, Bungie revealed that your Destiny character .
We were able to play the first story mission of the expansion at E3, and .