On Friday of last week Bungie rolled out the 1.2.0 patch for Destiny that included a number of the new features that will be part of House of Wolves. Now, not everything that’s part of House of Wolves is live right away, instead these two patches, after today’s 1.2.1 patch act a lot more like a soft launch for House of Wolves.
The big thing though was adding in a new faction vendor at the Tower – Petra Venj, the emissary for the Queen has returned. She last appeared on the Tower back in the fall when Bungie ran the ill-fated Queen’s Wrath event opposite the Iron Banner. This was very early in Destiny‘s life, so new players might not be familiar with the whole story. In the first run, Queen’s Wrath was nothing more than just a new set of bounties. It wasn’t nearly as in depth as it is this time – the bounty targets amounted to story characters that already existed, and didn’t really alter them in any way. In fact, her original set of bounties were closer to Fallen themed Vanguard bounties – similar to the Eris Morn bounties have been. They weren’t anything particularly engaging about them, and as a result they only appeared briefly.
Bungie put the Queen’s Wrath back on the stove for a bit, and we’re getting to see the result of that extra time now before House of Wolves launches. Instead of just grinding Fallen kills, Petra now has a Wanted target – one new one each day within the weekly reset timer. Each target spawns in public zones, a lot like the Blades of Crota from Dark Below, just without the random bug that’s affecting them right now. It’s similar to a public event – the more people in the zone, the quicker the spawn. And you’ll want more people – the Pack of Wolves that spawns is level 30, and as the reinforcements show up, there are more majors and ultras. The final group will include the bounty target, also a level 30 enemy, but with boss level defense and resistances. They really need teamwork – whether with friends or the random guardians in the zone. It’s hard to really talk about the value in doing these bounties – you do get a special Ether Key locked Fallen chest that has pretty solid public zone gear after killing the target. But in terms of the bounties – it’s hard to know if the Queen’s Wrath rewards will be up there with Iron Banner ones, but it’s probably a good bet. It’s also tough to say if these will continue from the Tower, or if they’ll migrate to the Reef.
This new version of the Queen’s Wrath event is far and away a better experience than the original run. How much will continue on past Tuesday is still unsure, but I think it’s probably a safe bet that it will. Assuming that House of Wolves will add in something along the lines as Eris Morn’s inventory, this is probably the safe bet to fill that role. Tomorrow should be a pretty big flurry of info online – both here and on Twitter, from me and all the other Destiny players – so if you’re still enjoying the game, keep your eyes peeled tomorrow.