It may have been one of the worst kept secrets heading into E3 2015, but Bungie was not about to let some early leaks impact their plans. As expected, Bungie took the stage at Sony’s E3 2015 Press Conference to reveal Destiny: The Taken King, the next expansion for their hybrid MMO that launches on September 15, 2015.
Unfortunately, given the breadth of the Destiny: Taken King leaks, there wasn’t much for Bungie to announce that fans didn’t already know about. We learned that Oryx will be the big bad of Destiny: The Taken King, and that his horde is comprised of modified versions of the four main enemy classes called “the Taken.” There were some new designs shown, but the enemy types were still well within the Destiny archetypes.
The above trailer also gives Destiny fans closer looks at the three new subclasses for the game’s Guardian classes. There’s the arc-wielding Warlock subclass that wields lightning blasts as if its Raiden from Mortal Kombat. The new Hunter subclass brandishes a void bow and is capable of launching a devastating elemental arrow. And finally there’s the Titan’s solar hammer, which makes quick work of any enemies in its path.
However, while the Destiny: The Taken King trailer confirmed many of the prior rumors about the game, it did not nail down the expansion’s content. We had heard previously that the expansion would include new story missions, new Strikes, a new Raid, and of course new gear, but only the gear could be glimpsed from the trailer.
Also, it’s worth mentioning that Bungie’s exclusive partnership with Sony is still going strong, and has afforded unique content specifically for PlayStation platforms. A new Strike and new gear were the primary items listed during the Sony E3 2015 Press Conference, so it seems that the PS exclusive items will be the same collection of story experiences and gear that launched with Destiny proper last year.
By and large it appears that Destiny: The Taken King will offer more of the content that fans know and love, but, at the same time, the expansion isn’t branching too far away from the tried and true. Then again, that’s likely not what Destiny fans were looking for anyway. They sink hours a day into Destiny because they like the world that Bungie has created.
What do you think of the Taken King’s promised content? Were you hoping for something different?
Destiny: The Taken King releases September 15, 2015 for PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.