In the final mission of the Destiny expansion The Taken King, players find themselves on a desperate mission to take down Oryx once and for all. However, to get to the leader of the Taken, Guardians need to take down two fearsome henchmen; Baxx and Ta’aun.
This formidable pair are referred to as the Hands of Oryx, and both appear in earlier missions in The Taken King before being corrupted by the big bad — Baxx was a Hive Ogre, while Ta’aun was a Cabal Colossus. Now, Destiny 2 project lead Mark Noseworthy has revealed an unexpected source of inspiration for these two boss characters.
During the development of Destiny, Baxx and Ta’aun were apparently referred to by designers as Bebop and Rocksteady. For anyone out there who isn’t a connoisseur of 90s cartoons, those names belong to two of Shredder’s henchmen from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, who recently made an appearance in the most recent big-screen adaptation of the franchise, Out of the Shadows.
Remember Baxx and Ta'aun (the Hands of Oryx)? We dubbed them Bebop and Rocksteady when making TTK. Appetizers before Shredder (err…Oryx). pic.twitter.com/2n8MPkAYkH
— Mark Noseworthy (@knowsworthy) August 22, 2017
It’s easy to make the connection between Bebop and Rocksteady, and Baxx and Ta’aun. Both duos are subjected to a dramatic transformation by their master, and both serve as formidable opponents to the heroes as they battle their way to the ultimate villain.
Bungie took on a host of different influences during the production of Destiny. In the past, the studio has cited series like Far Cry, Borderlands, and even a specific mission from Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare as having inspired various aspects of the experience.
Of course, over the last few years Destiny has become so engrained in the gaming sphere that it’s now a huge influence on other titles — and not just FPS games, either. EA is currently putting the finishing touches on NBA Live 18, after the series skipped last year, and the game resembles Bungie’s space shooter in more ways than players might expect.
Destiny is available now for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.