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Destiny Shaders Will Change Class Items in Rise of Iron

Destiny‘s upcoming Rise of Iron expansion is already generating some hype amongst the game’s player base, thanks to upcoming features like a new strike, multiplayer mode and raid. The new story in particular, focused around the Lords of Iron, promises to make this expansion Destiny‘s biggest yet.

While all of that gives players a lot to look forward to when Rise of Iron launches September 20th, a Bungie developer has just given fans of color coordination something else to cheer about. Bungie game director Chris Barrett took to Twitter late Friday afternoon to confirm that class armor will once again be affected by shaders in the coming expansion.

For those unfamiliar with the concept, a “shader” in Destiny allows players to change the color of just about all of their non-gun equipment so that Guardians can customize their look and stand out a bit from the crowd if desired. Class armor used to be included within the long list of items that could be changed by shaders, but then Bungie started excluding it without really going into detail on why.

Some players have speculated that the change might have had something to do with the limits for memory resources on last-gen consoles. The fact that shaders are now coming back to class armor shortly after the release of the final patch for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 seems to bolster this theory. Rise of Iron will not be released on last-gen consoles, and this likely has freed up Bungie to take more advantage of the power provided by the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One for the expansion.

Bungie also appears to be preparing a new version of the main game for retail. Earlier this week, a listing temporarily appeared on Amazon called Destiny: The Collection for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Details are scarce and the listing was pulled after fans started talking about it, but it’s interesting to note that the release date was listed as August 18, 2016. That would put it up for sale about one month before Rise of Iron comes out, which should provide just enough time for a new player to buy the base game and hit the level cap before jumping into the new content.

If a collection does release in August, it’s probably safe to assume that Destiny: The Collection will include all expansion packs released for Destiny prior to Rise of Iron. Bungie followed a similar strategy with The Taken King: Legendary Edition.

Destiny is out now on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Rise of Iron will release September 20, 2016 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

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