Bungie has detailed the first big update of 2016 for hit online shooter Destiny, revealing that new strikes, an increase to the Light level, new challenges and rewards are all coming in the update set to be released on 12 April.
Bungie will reveal more about the update and focus on specific elements of it during live-streams to be held on each Wednesday of the following two weeks prior to the update's launch. Bungie revealed the first details in a live-stream last night, recapped in a blog post here.
Here's what they had to say...
Max Light Level Raised: New challenges demand that you become even more powerful to overcome them. Difficulty and Rewards have both been increased in Prison of Elders, Court of Oryx, Heroic Strikes, Nightfall Strikes, and in the King's Fall Raid, as well as Iron Banner and Trials of Osiris.
Return to the Prison: For the first time, face the Taken and eight updated bosses in a Level 41 version of Prison of Elders. Visit Variks to partake in a brand new mode, Challenge of the Elders, featuring scoring, weekly boss battles, gameplay twists, and rewards. Claim an Elders' Sigil from Variks each week in The Reef, and put your Fireteam to the test against three consecutive boss waves. The bosses and the gameplay modifiers change each week, for a total of sixteen unique encounters. Your score is tracked on the Elders' Sigil, and on Bungie.net Leaderboards.
The Blighted Chalice Strike: The Taken King is dead. Yet still his armies yet claw at our worlds. Even as you led the assault on the Dreadnaught, a powerful would-be Taken Prince fled for the safety of the shadows. Hunt him down before he grows too powerful.
Taken Strike – Winter's Run: A cell, from the Prison of Elders. The Taken now corrupt this territory where the Fallen House of Winter once attempted to raise a powerful Archon Priest. Fight your way to the cell. Stop the Taken surge.
Updated Difficulty and Rewards – King's Fall and Court of Oryx: Kingsfall Normal drops increased to light level 320. Kingsfall Hard drops increased to light level 330. Court of Oryx Artifact Drops increased to light level 335