Earlier today, Bungie announced the release date for the upcoming House of Wolves expansion to Destiny. To the people waiting, it came as a shock that there would be no new raid included in the expansion. For those who are unaware, the Raids in Destiny are one of many end-game missions you can attempt for extra loot. Taking 6 friends into a fireteam and using teamwork and cooperation to clear out puzzles and defeat a (usually) tough boss.
There have been two raids to date from Bungie, the Vault of Glass, and Crota’s End, and many players assumed that a third raid would be included with the upcoming House of Wolves expansion. Sadly, that won’t be case:
House of Wolves will not have a Raid activity. 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. House of Wolves will have a new cooperative end game activity focused on variety, replayability, and skill – a new battle Arena called The Prison of Elders.
This comes as a bit of a surprise, as the Raid is usually something that keeps people playing the game long after the expansion is out. One would hope that whatever this new “Prison of Elders” mode is (early reports make it seem as if it’s a horde mode), it has the ability to keep Destiny fresh until Bungie can release their next raid.