The Taken King

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The Taken King
Destiny The Taken King cover.png
Developer(s):

Bungie

Publisher(s):

Activision

Platform(s):

Xbox One
Xbox 360
PlayStation 4
PlayStation 3

Release date(s):

September 15, 2015

Genre(s):

First-person shooter

Mode(s):

Campaign
Cooperative

Rating(s):

ESRB: Teen (T) for Animated Blood and Violence
PEGI: 16+

 
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"We have slain his brood. We have murdered his son. And now, the Taken King comes for us all."
Eris Morn[1]

The Taken King is the third expansion for Destiny, and was released on September 15, 2015.[2]

The expansion's story centers around Oryx, the God-King of the Hive, and his quest for revenge, after the Guardians had slain his son Crota. He has brought a massive Dreadnought into the system and has launched an invasion using his personal army, the Taken, members of the other races warped by the power of the Darkness into Oryx's slaves.[3] The game's story also expands upon the Darkness, the Cabal, and the Fallen House of Wolves.[4]

The expansion was showcased at E3 2015.[5]

Features

Guardian Subclasses & changes

  • New Subclasses and Super Abilities, acquired via special Questlines
  • Level cap is now 40, and leveling is dependent on earning experience from gameplay and is no longer tied to armor acquisition.[6]
    • Upon first logging in to Destiny after The Taken King launches, a player's characters will automatically convert to the new level system and their existing levels will be preserved. For example, a level 16 character will remain level 16, and a level 31 character will remain level 31; however, a level 27 character who owns (but does not have equipped at the time of conversion) fully upgraded armor pieces with a total Light value that would take them to level 33, will convert to level 33.
  • Every purchase of The Taken King includes one Spark of Light item, a single-use consumable that will instantly boost one character to level 25 (the level required to play the expansion's content).
  • Ghost now provides in-game lore when prompted at certain points

Loot

Locations

PVE Content

Crucible

Editions

Features Digital Download Legendary Edition (Digital) Legendary Edition (Physical) Digital Collector's Edition Collector's Edition
Digital copy of The Taken King Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Digital copy of Destiny No Yes No Yes No
Physical copy of Destiny No No Yes No Yes
Digital copy of The Dark Below No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Digital copy of House of Wolves No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Collector's Edition Digital Content1
(Shaders, Class Items, Emotes)
No No No Yes Yes
Collector's Edition Physical Content
(Steelbook Case, Cayde-6's Treasure Island book, Strange Coin replica, Relics and Artifacts, Sleeper Simulant schematic poster)
No No No No Yes
Vanguard Weapons Pack and SUROS Arsenal Pack Yes2 Yes2 Yes Yes2 Yes
Notes

1Will be available for separate purchase ($20 USD) on September 15, 2015 for all players.

2Only included with pre-orders.

Exclusive and bonus content

SUROS Arsenal Pack

The SUROS Arsenal Pack is included with pre-orders of The Taken King via select retailers. The Pack includes three SUROS weapons, the SUROS Minimalist Shader, and the SUROS Fire Emblem. Content will be available to all players after January 1, 2016.

Vanguard Weapons Pack

The Vanguard Weapons Pack is included with all pre-orders of The Taken King. The Pack includes three Vanguard-themed weapons. Content will be available to all players after January 1, 2016.

Collector's Edition Digital Content

The Collector's Edition Digital Content is included with the The Taken King physical and digital Collector's Editions, and can be purchased separately by all Destiny players beginning September 15, 2015. The content includes three class-specific Emotes, three Shaders, and three Exotic Class Items.

Founder's Fortune Pack

The Founder's Fortune Pack is a set of exclusive content awarded in The Taken King to all players who reached level 30 with at least one character in Destiny or purchased The Dark Below and House of Wolves before August 31, 2015. Content includes the Be Brave Emblem, the Old Guard Shader, the S-34 Ravensteel Sparrow, and the Brave Ghost Shell. Players must purchase The Taken King before February 1, 2016 for the Pack to unlock.

Laurea Prima

Laurea Prima is an exclusive Emblem awarded in The Taken King to all players who completed the Year One Moments of Triumph before September 15, 2015. The ten Moments of Triumph are: reach level 20 with one character; complete The Black Garden; complete The Wakening; complete Queen's Ransom; discover all 20 Golden Chests; win 100 Crucible matches; complete 50 Public Events; complete Vault of Glass on Hard; complete Crota's End on Hard; complete Skolas's Revenge.

Marketing

The Taken King prologue

Red Bull Quest

In 2015, Bungie partnered with Red Bull for the "Red Bull Quest" promotion between July and September 2015. Destiny players who purchase select cans of Red Bull are able to obtain single-use redeemable codes that grant them access to the timed-exclusive Quest Make the Vanguard Smile in The Taken King and an experience-boosting item called Focused Light. The quest will be available to all players on January 1, 2016.[11] Completing the quest rewards the Joyride Ghost Shell, the SR-0 Swiftriver Sparrow, and a consumable upgrade that converts the SR-0 Swiftriver to the SR-1 Swiftriver.[12]

Development

The Taken King was called "Comet: Plague of Darkness" during an early stage of its development.[13] Production started in late 2013. It was originally planned to release for $60, and include access to Europa and the European Dead Zone. Additional fireteam activities were planned. Development was rebooted in March, 2014, to focus on the Hive Dreadnaught. A public space on Mars was also planned, but was cut, and is intended for inclusion in Destiny 2.[14]

References

  1. ^ The Taken King Prologue
  2. ^ a b Kotaku - Leak: Destiny's New Expansion Is The Taken King, Out September 15
  3. ^ a b c d Planet Destiny: The Taken King Trailer Analysis
  4. ^ Eurogamer: The Taken King is the Expansion Destiny has been waiting for
  5. ^ Gamezone - Destiny's next expansion to be shown at E3
  6. ^ a b 20+ New Reasons to be Excited for TTK
  7. ^ Poloygon - Here are all the Destiny exotic weapons and armor with Year Two upgrades right now
  8. ^ Planet Destiny: Vault Space Increased, Infusion, and Swords!
  9. ^ Planet Destiny: Weekly Update 7.30.15 (Dreadnaught)
  10. ^ Bungie.net: Bungie Weekly Update - 08/27/2015
  11. ^ IGN: Bungie Teams Up With Red Bull For Exclusive Destiny Promotion
  12. ^ Red Bull - Everything You Need to Know About Red Bull Quest
  13. ^ IGN - ALLEGED DESTINY LEAK REVEALS POSSIBLE 2015 EXPANSION PLANS
  14. ^ Kotaku - The Messy, True Story Behind the Making of Destiny