"We didn't make this decision lightly. Our team has been humbled by the reception of Raids in Destiny and we are creating a new Raid for a release later this year," said Bungie. Destiny publisher Activision revealed during an earnings call in February that Bungie is working on a "major content release" for Destiny that will be available later in 2015. Destiny launched with one raid, the Vault of Glass, and the first expansion, The Dark Below, added a second raid called Crota's End in December.
Instead of a new raid, House of Wolves will introduce a different type of endgame content with a new cooperative battle arena, the Prison of Elders. It will be "focused on variety, replayability, and skill," according to Bungie. The description suggests that the Prison of Elders could resemble a wave-based "horde" mode.
Bungie plans to discuss specifics of House of Wolves in live events scheduled for the next three Wednesdays. The calendar will begin April 22 with a walking tour of the Reef and details about the upgrade path for legendary and exotic gear. According to a late-February leak, the Reef is a new social area akin to the Tower. On April 29, Bungie will reveal the Trials of Osiris and show live gameplay footage of its endgame gear. The Trials of Osiris is rumored to be a three-on-three Clash event in the Crucible. The Prison of Elders will be the focus of the May 6 stream, while an unannounced event is planned for Friday, May 8.
Bungie announced earlier today that House of Wolves will be released May 19 on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. For more, check out the expansion's prologue below.