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July 28 2015
Destiny: The Taken King - PS4 Preview
Release Date Distributer Publisher Developer
25/9/2015ActivisionActivisionBungie
Offline Players Online players Price Anticipation
12-?$69.95 (expansion)
$119.95 (Legendary)
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Destiny: The Taken King is due out September.
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Oryx’s army, The Taken, are enemies wholly consumed by the Darkness.

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Supers and abilities will recharge faster in the new Mayhem Crucible mode.
There is little doubt that one of the biggest games of this generation has been Destiny. From Bungie, the developers of that little franchise known as Halo, this large open world shooter has millions of players the world over and now we have the third, and largest, expansion about to hit called The Taken King.

A dark shadow has fallen over our worlds. Oryx, The Taken King, is hell-bent on vengeance and is raising an army of corrupted "Taken" forces by manipulating the Darkness itself. You must find a way into his impenetrable Dreadnaught ship to defeat The Taken King before he and his dark army consume our civilization and bring our solar system to ruin.

As an expansion there is plenty of new content here including a new Strike Campaign, as well as a new major Raid to test six-player Fireteams. New Crucible modes will be added including a CTF styled game mode called "Rift", while a new "Mayhem Clash" mode offers a variation on standard gameplay with Supers cool down time significantly decrease.

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All-new Nightstalker, Stormcaller, and Sunbreaker subclasses.
To battle back the Darkness and the Taken army, players will get brand new subclasses with new supers. Warlocks will now harness the power of an electric storm (Stormcaller subclass), Hunters will carve a bow formed from gravitational void energy (Nightstalker subclass), and Titans will summon a flaming hammer that can sear their adversaries from a range or deliver a devastating melee impact (Sunbreaker Subclass).

Not only are there new classes but as detailed on Bungies site "The Taken King features the largest armory any Guardian has ever seen, and that includes the original launch of the game last year." Of course the expansion pack will also include new armor and Exotics while all-new non-gameplay elements such as a progress tab will be added to the main menu to track mission progress.

If you're a PlayStation Owner then you will also get access to timed exclusive content. This includes an exclusive three-player co-op Strike mission called "Echo Chamber", a mid-sized Crucible multiplayer map called "Sector 618" which is compatible with all game modes but is aimed towards Clash and Control, a new Scout Rifle called The Jade Rabbit, and some new Gear Sets.

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Oryx wields the ability to control his twisted army known as the Taken, enemies wholly possessed by the Darkness.
While Destiny: The Taken King will be released as DLC, there will also be a physical release called Destiny: The Taken King - Legendary Edition. While Activision are touting this for existing players it is really a "GOTY" edition as it includes the main Destiny game, the two previously released expansions The Dark Below and House of Wolves and of course The Taken King. Given that many gamers with the original game have the expansions already it seems like an excess to buy the whole lot again.

While it's an expansion Destiny: The Taken King looks to be a massive release with a tonne of new content however the biggest issue for gamers will certainly be value for money. The digital expansion costs $40 in America, and just under $70 here in Australia - that's probably just below the price of the full game when it hits retailers and gets discounted! In any case, keep an eye out for release in late September.


The video below is the Reveal Trailer for The Taken King as released at E3 this year.