Update October 30, 2017: Curse of Osiris has a release date: December 5.
Bungie have confirmed everything we already knew about Destiny 2's first DLC: Curse of Osiris, as well as adding a release date and showing the man himself in a sweet new trailer during the PlayStation stream at Paris Games Week.
The trailer begins with your Guardian appraoching the Warlock Vanguard, Ikora Rey. It sounds like she's been keeping a secret from the rest of the Vanguard:
“An ancient gate has opened on Mercury, and an army of past and future machines [the Vex] amasses.” We then see a shot Osiris himself for the first time, fighting the Vex: he wears a suit made of grey cloth scraps and a beak-like golden crown, looking suitably badass for “the most notorious Guardian in Vanguard history,” as Ikora describes him. Your job is to go to Mercury and find Osiris, but as Ikora says:
“Once his dangerous ideas nearly destroyed us, and he was banished. Will he be a powereful ally, or bring us death?”
There's a brief shot of the Lighthouse, Osiris's hideout from the original Destiny, which perhaps confirms reports that it will return as a new social space.
Update September 8, 2017: Destiny 2's first expansion has been listed on the Microsoft store.
The listing confirms a report by Kotaku from late last month (see original story, below), but includes a few interesting new details.
Among these are the name of the new playable space on Mercury, the 'Infinite Forest'. The expansion will also add new story missions and adventures, with the description hinting at some of the themes:
"Journey through time and space to learn the secrets of Osiris, avert a dark future, and rebuild the ties between the legendary Warlock and his greatest student - Ikora Rey."
Naturally, there's mention of new gear, new cooperative activities, and new competitive multiplayer arenas. For the last two, read: strikes and PvP maps, unless "new cooperative activities" actually means a new game mode, perhaps like the Prison of Elders horde mode introduced in one of the original game's expansions. That was added in lieu of a Raid, however, so we really hope it's not that. Every other Destiny expansion has added a new Raid, and with Bungie making grand promises about content for the sequel, I reckon we can expect one.
Here's the listing, which may be taken down soon - the timing is odd for this with the Destiny 2 console launch having only just occurred, and without an official announcement from Bungie.
We've known for a while that Destiny's first expansion would focus on Osiris and the second on the Warmind, Rasputin, thanks to the icons on the expansion pass on another MS Store listing.
Original story August 30, 2017: Destiny 2 isn’t even out and we’re already getting whispers of its first DLC. According to sources close to Kotaku, Destiny 2’s first DLC is set to launch this December and will see Guardians heading to the planet Mercury.
Reportedly named The Curse of Osiris, this DLC will see you saving the legendary warlock Osiris from the clutches of the Vex. We already knew that Osiris was going to feature in the first DLC for Destiny 2, thanks to leaked box art from the Microsoft Store, but the name and setting were a mystery. Bungie are going big with this first DLC if Kotaku’s sources are to be believed, with it adding a new patrol zone on Mercury and a social space in the Lighthouse, an exclusive area from the original Destiny.
This makes The Curse of Osiris equal in scale to The Taken King or Rise of Iron - which both took about a year to arrive for the first Destiny. In comparison, Destiny’s first DLC The Dark Below only added a single raid and about half-a-dozen story missions. Bungie seems to have learned from their mistakes and are starting off strong with Destiny 2’s DLC if this news is to be believed.
If you aren’t super au fait with Destiny’s lore, Osiris was a major player in the City’s history. A fabled warrior and former Vanguard Commander, Osiris was eventually exiled by the Speaker for his research into the Vex. Despite his banishment, he attracted several followers who went onto form the Cult of Osiris. This cult appeared in the original Destiny, hosting a tournament to find Guardians strong enough to join their ranks. You could compete in this tournament, named the Trials of Osiris, and gain access to the Lighthouse if you gained top marks. While he has never appeared in game, we should finally meet the man himself during the course of the DLC.
The Curse of Osiris is scheduled to launch this December, mirroring the DLC release schedule of the original Destiny. With the PC version of Destiny 2 launching on October 24, us PC players may not have to wait very long before we are able to go on our first DLC adventure.