Destiny remains one of the most popular current-gen games since releasing last year with an estimated 2 billion hours having already been logged by players. Looking to continue on its success, Bungie is planning big updates to the experience, starting with Destiny: The Taken King.
With this massive expansion, Bungie is transitioning Destiny into Season Two, updating the game with a number of new features, gameplay content, and even fixing a few issues that fans have with the game including a completely redone experience progression system beyond player level 20. With GamesCom in full swing this week, even more information has come out including a potential new public event known as the Court of Oryx.
Speaking with Destiny’s community manager, David “DeeJ” Dague, IGN uncovered a decent amount of new gameplay information coming to the game. As expected, the majority of The Taken King takes place inside The Dreadnaught, which acts as the major location players will visit to take on objectives, missions, and strikes. Similar to the other planets already in Destiny, The Dreadnaught will have its own set of story missions, strikes, and even allow players to patrol it. Not only that, The Taken King’s flagship will also be home to King’s Fall, the biggest raid Bungie has made to date.
DeeJ also took the opportunity to reveal a previously unannounced game mode called the Court of Oryx that players will be able to participate in right from The Dreadnaught itself. While not going into too much detail, Court of Oryx is touted as a player instigated public event pitting guardians against different combinations of bosses within unique scenarios.
GamesCom has been a valuable source of new information about the upcoming expansion for Destiny as fans were shown a new and exciting trailer which details a stronger focus on story and cut scenes. In the trailer, fans are also shown an exciting space battle as Oryx, The Taken King and his army appears off of the planet Saturn.
The Taken King is promising a number of changes to the core experience as well, including a surprising change in voice actor for the Ghost companion character. Veteran voice actor, Nolan North, has been brought in not only to voice the new lines for the robotic AI, but Bungie is also having him re-record all previous lines as well, effectively replacing its former voice provided by Peter Dinklage.
What do you guys think of the new public event? Is The Taken King convincing you to jump back into Destiny?
Destiny: The Taken King launches September 15 for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.