Destiny’s latest patch, which developer Bungie released today, is a relatively minor update, but it’s notable for one major reason: It’s the last patch that the studio is planning to release for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions of the game.
The 2.3.1 update prepares Destiny for the upcoming debut of its fourth expansion, Rise of Iron, by fixing a few issues with classes and activities. Most notably, the exotic Warlock helmet Apotheosis Veil will now appear in the exotic armor blueprints kiosk in the Hall of Guardians in the Tower.
Bungie said that aside from unforeseen circumstances, like "emergency fixes for future game-breaking bugs," patch 2.3.1 will be "the last scheduled deployment for Legacy Consoles." ("Legacy Consoles" is an umbrella term that Bungie uses to refer to the PS3 and Xbox 360.) That’s because Bungie is ending development of those last-generation versions of Destiny. The studio announced earlier this year that Rise of Iron and all future Destiny content will not be released on those systems.
Players of the PS3 or Xbox 360 versions of Destiny will need to upgrade to the PlayStation 4 or Xbox One versions, respectively, if they want to maintain their existing character progress and play new Destiny content. (The process only works within the same console family — it’s impossible to transfer Guardians from Destiny on Xbox 360 to Destiny on PS4, for instance.) After some point in August, characters will progress separately on last-gen systems and current-gen consoles.
The 2.3.1 update is now live on PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One; the full patch notes are available on Bungie’s website. Bungie said it is investigating the "Beaver" errors that some players are seeing. For more on Rise of Iron, which launches Sept. 20 on PS4 and Xbox One, read our extensive interview with Bungie from E3.
Update (July 28): Bungie released a hotfix on July 28, version 188.8.131.52, in an attempt to fix the ongoing "Beaver" errors that players are running into. The patch is currently available on PS4 and Xbox One, and is coming soon to PS3 and Xbox 360.