Rise of Iron
Rise of Iron is the fourth and final expansion for Destiny, and was released on September 20, 2016. The story follows Lord Saladin, a former Iron Lord as he gathers a new generation of Iron Lords to defeat the Fallen Devil Splicers who have recently rediscovered a Golden Age self-regenerating nano-technology called SIVA, and are using it to transform themselves into cyborgs.
The expansion takes place on Earth in a walled off area of the Cosmodrome known as the Plaguelands. This expansion was released one year after The Taken King. Guardians must rise to the challenge to take their place as the next generation of Iron Lords. Along the way they will join forces with a legend from humanity's Early City Age to defeat a plague of unstoppable evil once and for all.
Exclusive and bonus content
The Iron Gjallarhorn was included with all pre-orders of Rise of Iron. The Iron Gjallarhorn itself was not immediately made available, and has to be unlocked by completing a quest. Content was made available to all players after January 1, 2017.
Iron Gjallarwing Sparrow
The Iron Gjallarwing Sparrow was included with all pre-orders of Rise of Iron. Content was made available to all players after January 1, 2017.
The trademark for Rise of Iron was registered on May 31, 2016.
The existence of Rise of Iron was revealed in a leaked photograph of a promotional poster for the expansion. The poster showed Lord Saladin, the Tower envoy for the Iron Banner, surrounded by wolves and holding a fiery battleaxe before a breach in the Cosmodrome's wall. Prior to this, Activision had stated that Bungie was at work on a "new large expansion" for Destiny that would be delivered by the end of 2016, but provided no further details. Rise of Iron was the last major content update for Destiny before the 2017 release of its sequel, Destiny 2.
The expansion's art direction was based entirely on Saladin himself. It also used Game of Thrones as an inspiration for its character dynamic. The same dog that provided motion-capture for Ghost was used in the game's development. It was intended that the expansion present the Destiny universe as a living place, hence the return to Old Russia, showing the detritus of earlier battles.
Rise of Iron is the first Destiny expansion to not be released on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3; it is only available on Xbox One and PlayStation 4. Players can transfer their characters to the newer generation of consoles, but will not be able to transfer their characters to the previous generation, as Rise of Iron content will be incompatible. Updates and hotfixes for Destiny on previous-generation consoles have also been discontinued.