February 23, 2016
'Destiny' Iron Banner Brings Clash Back Next Week, New Content Reveal Coming In March

Bungie announced the next Iron Banner event for Destiny on Thursday evening. The multiplayer event will see the return of the team deathmatch mode, Clash, while the studio also began teasing on when to expect details about future content for the PlayStation and Xbox shooter.

Iron Banner will return to Destiny on Tuesday, February 23 at 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT. The event will run through the weekly reset on the following Tuesday and will feature the Clash gametype.

The last Iron Banner used the very team-oriented Rift mode, so this is a welcome return for Destiny players that don't always run with a fireteam filled with six friends. This is also the second time Clash has been the featured gametype for Iron Banner. It was last used in November's event to great appreciation from the game's community who had become weary of Control used in every outing. Hopefully, this is a sign that Bungie will consistently rotate the multiplayer mode used for the monthly special event.

As for the Iron Banner rewards, Destiny players can look forward to the Weyloran's March Sniper Rifle and Tormod's Bellows Rocket Launcher as possible loot drops for weapons at Rank 4 and Rank 5 respectively in Iron Banner. Meanwhile, Gauntlets will be available for each class at Rank 3 and Helmets at Rank 4.

Destiny Iron Banner Rocket Launcher (PlayStation, Xbox)
[Image via Bungie]Meanwhile, the new matchmaking tweaks that Bungie began rolling out to Destiny earlier this week should be released in time for the next Iron Banner. As previously covered, Bungie is now favoring connection quality over skill when matching up players in Control. Presumably, the new Damage Referee will also be included in the next Iron Banner since it was just extended to Clash.

The Damage Referee was introduced to Destiny earlier this month with the 2.1.1 update. It is made to prevent players with bad connections from gaining the upper hand in a fight. Destiny players have frequently complained how laggy players gain an advantage in Crucible and are often rendered invincible. The Damage Referee attempts to ensure players with a bad connection will lose fights that they previously would have won.

Bungie has also introduced some fixes to Iron Banner for minor glitches that have been bugging Destiny players during the last few events. However, a new issue was introduced, according to the following notes.

  • Players no longer need to return to Orbit to receive Rank 5 package rewards
  • Lord Saladin will now display a waypoint when Rank 3 and Rank 5 packages are available
  • Please Note: Players will lose Rank 3 packages if they are not retrieved before reaching Rank 5
On the new content front, Bungie is gearing up to begin revealing what is coming in the big spring update starting in March. Community Manager David "Deej" Dague along with the rest of the Community team now have a dedicated space in the Bungie offices to host Destiny livestreams.

The weekly livestreams will consist of Ride Alongs, Bungie Bounties, and other chicanery, but will also include new reveals from various members of the studio.

Destiny: The Taken King (PlayStation, Xbox)
[Image via Bungie]Activision and Bungie recently laid out the roadmap for the shooter, which includes a large spring update to the game followed by an all new expansion in the fall. Meanwhile, the release of Destiny 2 has been pushed to 2017.

The large free update scheduled for the spring will bring a significant Light level increase, along with new weapons, armor, and gear. Bungie also promised new challenges for PvE players with opportunities for replayability. It's currently unclear if "new challenges" means new content for the game, bringing more content up from the Year One, adding challenge modes to the Vault of Glass and The Dark Below raids, or a mixture of the three. Expect Bungie to begin slow-rolling a reveal out over the coming weeks.

Details on the large expansion for Destiny planned later this year have not been revealed. Leaked contracts and release schedules for the game previously pegged fall 2016 as the release for a sequel to the online shooter. However, a number of challenges arose over the course of the first two years of Destiny's release that caused Bungie to abandon the DLC schedule that was used during Year One.

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