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Destiny: Rise of Iron’s PS4-exclusive content detailed (update)

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Destiny: Rise of Iron - Plaguelands quest
A scene from the Plaguelands in Destiny: Rise of Iron.
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Some Destiny: Rise of Iron content will be available only on PlayStation — this time, it’s just PlayStation 4, since the expansion isn’t coming to last-generation consoles — and Sony specified today that the exclusives consist of a quest, ship and Crucible map.

A quest line called "Show of Strength" will be available only on PS4. Guardians will receive that quest from a new character named Tyra Karn, who also happens to be the source for Rise of Iron’s new artifacts. Here’s the quest’s in-game description:

While you serve the Vanguard in the Plaguelands, I wonder if you’d be so kind as to help me understand the more brutal aspects of the Devil Splicers’ brand of worship.

The PS4-exclusive ship is called Timeless Tereshkova, and it will be a quest reward. There’s also a Sparrow, the EV-42 Nightsteed, as well as two gear sets for each class. Finally, a Crucible map called Icarus will take you to the Languid Sea on Mercury. The arena is described as a "mid-sized" map for six-on-six gametypes; it’s laid out with an outer area encircling an inner chamber. The perimeter offers a mix of wide-open, sniper-friendly corridors and close-quarters combat, while the interior is sure to be a hotspot.

As usual, the aforementioned content will remain exclusive to PS4 for a year — until fall 2017.

Destiny: Rise of Iron - Icarus Crucible multiplayer combat
Crucible action on Icarus, the PS4-exclusive map in Destiny: Rise of Iron.

Rise of Iron will be included in Destiny: The Collection, which is designed for players who are new to Destiny or those who are switching from a last-gen version of the game to a current-gen version. The bundle, which is now available for pre-order on PS4 and Xbox One, will come with Destiny and all four of its expansions: The Dark Below, House of Wolves, The Taken King and the upcoming Rise of Iron. It will be released Sept. 20 — the same day as Rise of Iron — although customers who pre-purchase it digitally will be able to download and play the existing Destiny game and add-ons immediately.

Destiny: The Collection will cost $59.99. However, Bungie is offering a discounted upgrade to anybody who owns The Taken King on PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360: Those players will be able to get the bundle for $39.99, which is $10 more than Rise of Iron itself. The upgrade offer, which is only available digitally through the PlayStation Store or Xbox Games Store, is valid from today through Jan. 31, 2017.

That’s not a spectacular deal, since those customers have already paid for The Taken King and will now have to spend $10 more than PS4 or Xbox One owners to play Rise of Iron. However, because the last-gen versions of Destiny will continue on a separate track as of tomorrow, people who are upgrading would be able to keep playing The Taken King on those "legacy consoles" even after they imported their existing Guardians to a current-gen platform.

For more on Rise of Iron, read our extensive interview with Bungie from E3, and check out the trailer for Destiny: The Collection below.

Update: There are a few other pieces of PS4-exclusive content in Rise of Iron; we’ve added them to this article.