Come to Look A Truckload of New Info by Destiny Datemine
Destiny patch 1.03 brings with it a host of updates and tweaks while also getting the game ready for the next two expansions, The Dark Below and House of Wolves.
POSSIBLE SPOILERS AHEAD!
The first revelation to come out of the datamine – courtesy of Destiny DB – is a new mechanic known as Oversoul's Gaze. On the Legendary armour chest piece Relentless Harness is an unlockable perk called Monument of Speed which states "Gain an temporary increase to reload speed while Oversoul's Gaze is active."
There's also a variation of Oversoul's Gaze on another armour piece. The Unyielding Casque helmet trades in reload speed for a boost in weapon damage – again - while Oversoul's Gaze is active.
It's worth noting that The Oversoul is the name of the final boss in The Dark Below's raid.
Next up, another perk, this time from the Tireless Striders feet armour. This upgrade indicates that melee sword combat will be making its return. The Swordbearer's Touch perk reads "Gain a temporary increase to Agility while carrying the sword of a Hive Swordbearer."
On the weapons front, the Fang of Ir Yût reveals a new raid-specific damage upgrade capable of dishing out more damage when tangling with "stronger Hive enemies." Furthermore, this weapon also implements a new function. Target Mark, as it's known, highlights enemies for brief period after successful shot connects.
Another new Legendary gun, Oversoul Edict, offers a perk to allow players to penetrate through the Wall of Darkness ability utilised by Hive Knights to shield themselves upon taking damage. Alternatively, if blasting through a Knight's shield isn't your thing, the Abyss Defiant handgun has a perk to disorientate Hive Wizards.
Not to be bested, Planet Destiny has also unearthed a few new pieces of info which relates to both The Dark Below and House of Wolves.
Other than a host of new emblems and shaders, Planet Destiny uncovered what they believe to be new Crucible Maps. Black Shield sees Guardians battle at Firebase Thuria on Phobos (one of Mars' moons). Thieves’ Den takes place at the Ishtar Sink, Venus. The Timekeeper takes the fight to Mars' surface of Meridian Bay. And lastly, Widow’s Court is set in a dead zone in Europe.
It was announced recently that The Dark Below will feature a story which centres around a new character named Eris Morn. Interestingly, two new missions have been mined, but they are not story missions, and are actually part of a new activity called Quests.
Of the two Quests, the Fist of Crota description reads "Face the Fist of Crota leading the Spawn on Earth," while the second, Ritual of Sacrifice proclaims "Descend into the Hellmouth and find the sacrificial chambers."
Last but certainly not least, the final pieces of the datamine focus on new game modes players can expect in the coming months.
Dead Orbit returns with two new modes. Inferno Control sees players capturing zones but with an added twist: capturing a zone only increases how many points players get per kill. So the less zones your team holds, the less points-per-kill your team gets.
The other mode, Hardcore Salvage, is about capturing relics, albeit without the use of trackers, which seems to be a recurring theme.
The New Monarchy faction has three new gamemodes, which much like Dead Orbit's, have a twist to them. Hardcore Rumble removes trackers, and only kills earn points. Hardcore Skirmish is a small game of team tactics featuring no trackers, and you must revive teammates, and Doubles Skrimish mimics Hardcore Skirmish, only on a smaller scale.
The final mode to be uncovered comes via the Future War Cult. Inferno Clash is "All-out team warfare," where the goal is simple: eviscerate the enemy without trackers.