Today’s Destiny livestream brought a fair number of surprises for what players can expect for PvE content. As reported yesterday, today’s livestream would bring announcements of new PvE content — but no specifics were announced. According to the live stream, the April 12 Destiny update will include an increased level cap, new bounties, new quest lines (some exclusive to PlayStation), a new strike, a revamp of the Winter’s Run strike, a new end-game challenge mode, and (most notably) a revamp in the Prison of Elders.
First and foremost, the light level cap has been increased from 320 to 335. For those who remember the mechanics of Destiny, light levels (imbued in each piece of armor and weapons) determines the damage your character gan give and tace
Additionally, a series of new quests are available in the Reef. All players will be able to join the “At the Gates” quest line, assigned by fan-favorite Variks, to track a new Taken power, given that they have not disappeared. It is only available after the death of Oryx, so there is the chance you must finish the King’s Fall raid first.
The next quest line will be “Return of the Prison,” tasking players to return back to the infamous Prison of Elders where Variks has been keeping Taken. This challenge mode will start at Level 41, providing a challenge for even the most experienced
Finally, PlayStation players will get two exclusive quest lines available from Petra. Presumably, these will be coming to Xbox players eventually.
On top of the new quests, there will be one new strike and one revamped, Taken-fied strike. While there wasn’t a ton of information regarding the new strike, players will be able to access the Winter’s Run strike, with higher-level enemies, Taken, and a Taken Archon Priest (seen in the screenshots below). The new Winter’s Run strike will also have “unique rewards” that weren’t talked about.
The pièce de résistance is the updated Prison of Elders — as mentioned above, Variks has revamped the Prison to include a new questline, but also an updated challenge mode. The original Prison of Elders will still remain available, and there will be a new 260 Light Prison of Elders mode. This new mode will have the chance to be 50% a group of new Taken bosses or 50% a group of upgraded original bosses. The 260 mode will not require any treasure keys, meaning it will be able to be farmed unlimitedly. Finally, the players will now be able to farm bounties and engrams in the Prison, a change from the original Prison of Elders system.
Along with the 260 more, there will be a 320 Light Level challenge mode allowing players to get 335 Light Level equipment. Completing the challenge mode will award the mysterious Sterling Treasure which will be discussed next week. Here, players will be able to use a Challenge of the Elders Sigil (much like a Trials of Osiris ticket) that gives you a weekly cumulative and high score goal to earn gear. These Sigils (along with new weekly Prison of Elders bounties) last for a week before resetting. The high score will be counted by team and will award a weapon, the cumulative score will be counted individually and will award armor if reached.
This new challenge mode will not have a treasure chest (unlike the other forms of Prison of Elders), however, you will be guaranteed armor and weapons for completing the challenge. Variks will only give 5 minutes in each round before he begins deducting points. Lastly, Challenge of the Elders will have checkpoints to allow players to step in and out of the challenge.
So there you have it — without too many spoilers, that is the new PvE content players can expect in the new April update. Next week, Bungie will be talking more about loot at the same time on their Twitch channel. As mentioned above, Destiny‘s April update comes to all players on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One on April 12, 2016