Although Bungie has only just recently revealed (officially) the Destiny: The Taken King Expansion for their hugely popular shooter, fans are already dying to know more. Specifically, Destiny players want to know what they are spending their on, and whether or not The Taken King expansion is worth the $40 price tag.
To that point, today’s Bungie Weekly Update should paint a clearer picture of the Destiny: The Taken King package, although the details are not necessarily as concrete as fans hoped. In their post, the developer details what the expansion pass includes, from new story missions to new gear, but they didn’t provide any specifics.
As most had assumed, Destiny: The Taken King will include the usual suite of new content including:
- New story missions and an array of sidequests that conspire to tell the story of our battle to defend our Solar System against Oryx and his Taken army
- New narrative driven by cinematic cutscenes starring an engaging cast of characters
- New Exotic Weapons, Exotic Armor, and Exotic Questlines
- The Dreadnaught, a full new destination, with unique secrets, rituals, and treasures to uncover
- A new breed of enemy combatants, The Taken, armed with new abilities and weapons
- An increased Level Cap, and new ways for your Guardian to grow more powerful
- The most substantial injection of new, unique, and redesigned weapons, armor, and talents to date
- New subclasses with all new Supers and abilities
- New cooperative Strikes with unique and dynamic new Boss battles
- Redesigned and reimagined Strikes – Dust Palace, Undying Mind, and Cerberus Vae III – are now overrun by the Taken
- New Crucible multiplayer maps with new Crucible modes, including the previously revealed Rift and Mayhem
- And, of course, last but not least, our biggest six-player Raid yet
Of these new items revealed, most were either assumed or leaked ahead of time, but it’s still nice to hear Bungie confirm them. Moreover, it sounds as if some of the Vanilla Destiny content, specifically the three Strikes mentioned, will be getting a facelift in the form of new Taken enemies. The Taken, for those who didn’t read our Destiny Expansion preview, are the servants of Oryx, and basically look like spectral versions of the base enemy types. So, a Taken Cabal still looks like a Cabal, only with faded blue coloring and different attacks.
Of course, Destiny: The Taken King’s biggest selling point will be the new 6-player raid, which is said to be the biggest Bungie has ever produced. So far we’ve only seen concept art for the endgame content, but it sounds like Bungie is trying to give players a completely new experience with The Taken King raid, as they approach a final showdown with Oryx.
Destiny: The Taken King will also introduce The Dreadnaught, a massive Hive Ship that sounds like more than just a simple social space. According to Bungie, the Dreadnaught will feature unique secrets, rituals, and treasures.
As was mentioned, few elements of Destiny: The Taken King’s package should be considered a “surprise,” but it’s nice to hear Bungie clarify the expansion’s content regardless. The developer has been in hot water ever since Taken King Creative Director Luke Smith’s comments about the expansion, and Updates like the one today are attempts to provide clarity.
But this is just the first step on a long road for Bungie and Destiny, as they prepare players for The Taken King. According to Community Manager Deej, the Weekly Update will be the best place to find out new and interesting information about the upcoming expansion.
What do you think of the Destiny: The Taken King package? What element are you most looking forward to?
Destiny: The Taken King releases September 15, 2015 for PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.