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Bungie held a Twitch livestream of its upcoming fourth expansion, Destiny: Rise of Iron and the hype machine for the September 20th launch has only just begun. Previously, the developer had said that preordering the PS4 and Xbox One title will get you an exclusive black and silver Iron Gjallarhorn Rocket Launcher.

On the livestream it was announced that a new mount based on that bad boy boomstick, the Iron Gjallarwing Sparrow, will now also be a pre-order bonus. Get an eyefull of the silver-winged beauty in the video below.

Just like you can only get the black and iron version of the the Gjallarhorn Rocket Launcher by preordering and a more basic version of the weapon in-game, the devs in the livestream said that the preorder version of the Gjallarwing Sparrow was the only way to get the black and iron version, implying there are other models available through other methods once the game launches.

Destiny Rise of Iron Gjallarwing Sparrow
Destiny Rise of Iron Gjallarwing Sparrow

During the broadcast itself, the Bungie devs talked about the design process behind the Sparrow, then take it for a spin in Old Russia where they revisit the Cosmodrome, but its not the place you remember from vanilla Destiny.

The Fallen have breached a wall holding them back and have been slicing away at the bridges and metal buildings. Scorch marks are seen among the snow covered ruins. SIVA has been infested the environment in ways the feed into the new story Bungie is telling centering around the last of the Iron Lords, Lord Saladin.

Destiny: Rise of Iron SIVA infestation
Destiny: Rise of Iron SIVA infestation

We don't see much more than that in the livestream. Just glimpses of new areas and talk of more to come, but mostly the devs not wanting to give away too much. They want the players to experience it in-game. Mostly the broadcast seemed to be about introducing the preorder bonus of the Gjallarwing Sparrow and to lay the groundwork about the story behind the expansion.

The devs did hint at the end that there would more livestreams to come as well as possibly some more reveals at Gamescom in Germany which runs Aug 18-21. I wouldn't be surprised if they also had something in mind for PAX West which is shortly after that on Sept 2-5.

Destiny: Rise of Iron arrives on next gen consoles September 20th with a new story campaign, a new 6-person co-op raid, a new 3-person Strike, and a new competitive multiplayer Crucible map and mode. And, of course, lots and lots of new armor and weapons. Because what's an RPG without an upgrade grind?

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