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Bungie on why Destiny: Rise of Iron is skipping old-gen

A dwindling player-base and the need for current-gen hardware forces the move.

The time has come for Activision and Bungie to cut loose those remaining Guardians still playing Destiny on PS3 and Xbox 360. It was inevitable, but that hasn't stopped some players being saddened by the news and seeking an explanation. Well, here it is:

"The overwhelming majority of our player base is now on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Around 90%," Bungie's Eric "Urk" Osborne told VG247.

This isn't the only reason, however, and the studio's plans for the game moving forward go beyond the capabilities of the old consoles, and as such, console parity is no longer possible.

"In order to add new content at this time, and especially on the scale and scope of Rise of Iron, we would have to take away from those older consoles, you would have to lose something," Osborne told the site.

"We still wanna make sure that people playing on legacy consoles still have all the content that they paid for to date."

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"We want to make sure that people who play Rise of Iron get a bunch of new content, that it's worthy of the title of expansion, and delivers tons of new stories, cinematics, characters and places to visit, the new raid and the new gear and all that fun stuff," Osborne added.

"And we wanna do it in a way that doesn't destroy the work that was done and the game that exists on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360."

So what now for those still playing the game on PS3 and Xbox 360? Well, a spokesperson from Activision recently offered this intriguing statement:

"We are exploring potential options for players to upgrade Destiny from last-gen to next-gen and will have more to say about that with our hardware partners soon."

Bungie lifted the lid on the upcoming expansion last night, and you can read about the major talking points from the reveal by hitting this link.