The Taken King, a massive expansion for Bungie's console online shooter, Destiny, was officially announced at the Playstation E3 Press Conference today, along with a launch date of September 15, 2015 (for New Zealand and North America) for the Xbox One, Playstation 4, Xbox 360, and Playstation 3. With powerful new abilities, a new campaign, plenty of activities and rewards being added to the title, and more exclusive content for people playing on the Playstation consoles, this looks to be one of the largest updates to date.
Come September, Guardians will be able to take on a new enemy that has come seeking revenge. From the official Destiny page regarding the expansion, "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."
Accompanying the new story campaign and quests, the new content looks set to include new Strikes, Crucible maps, weapons, armor, gear, a new Raid, and most importantly, brand new Guardian subclasses. These suclasses include a solar power for the Titans called Sunbreaker, an Arc power for Warlocks titled Stormcaller, and a Void power for Hunters with the name of Nightstalker.
Details from the site about these new abilities are as follow:
New Subclass: Sunbreaker
Incendiary siege engines of war, Sunbreaker Titans hammer and shatter their enemy's ranks from afar, raining cleansing fire down upon fortified defensive positions.
New Subclass: Stormcaller
Stormcallers directly manipulate Arc energy, focusing body and mind to channel and chain the lightning. Their enemies are given fair warning - flee from battle, or face the storm.
New Subclass: Nightstalker
All Hunters master the frontier, but none claim territory quite like a Nightstalker. Shadowshot binding may seem more merciful than gun or blade... until the feeding frenzy begins.
A new edition of Destiny will also be releasing when The Taken King launches. Destiny: The Taken King - Legendary Edition claims to be "perfect for new and existing Guardians that are ready to jump into the Destiny universe or continue to carve their legend in the stars."
The Legendary Edition includes the following:
By pre-ordering the digital collector's edition, you also receive The Taken King Weapons Pack, along with the standard bonus digital collector's content of three exotic guardian class items featuring XP bonuses, three class-specific emotes, and three armor shaders to customize every Guardian class.
Destiny: The Taken King - The Digital Collector's Edition is now available to pre-order on both the Xbox and Playstation digital stores for $129.95 NZD. As of writing this, the standard version of The Taken King is not yet available.
Destiny: The Taken King launches for the Xbox One, PS4, Xbox 360, and PS3 on September 15, 2015 (for NZ and NA according to the NZ Xbox and Playstation online stores).