Bungie Reveals What's in Destiny The Taken King DLC

Expansion is "more than DLC--it's a game."

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Bungie has published a list of everything included in Destiny's next expansion, The Taken King, when it is deployed on September 15.

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In the wake of questions about the inherent value of a DLC package that will cost $40 (and £40), Bungie has claimed in its latest blog post that "we plan to prove that The Taken King is more than DLC--it’s a game."

A list of content included in the DLC, as written by Bungie, is pasted below.

  • 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.

While these promises regarding content have been made now, Bungie says in the weeks ahead it will also discus "a range of topics that we know are important to you, including weapon rebalancing, economy improvements, an overhauled quest experience, bounty enhancements, faction allegiances, end game content, and more."

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Outside the "Golden billion" countries, there is no way for most people to ever find 5 friends who own a PS4 and Destiny.

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Bungie has a terrible track record with what they promise, worse than USA presidents during election. I still don't see a reasonable way to get in a raid, no matchmaking in raids ain't got no customer here.

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so basically a year later this is the complete game that should have been released a year ago

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Great article/video, but I have a couple issues with it. Not with the message or the aim really but I'm more concerned with the spin that this took and a couple of [possible] misinformation.

Now you quote the price per user of Destiny at $140 but never mention that this was if you bought the game and DLC individually and not as the included bundle which was $80 at launch if memory serves. Now even so if you bought the game at launch and decided later that the DLC was something you were interested you could still get the season's pass individually which still wouldn't bring about that $140 mark you mentioned. Regardless still a hefty price tag for any game but when you look at other games released about the same time it's drastically lower.

Example: World of Warcraft: Warlords of Dreanor; Released with a price tag of $60 for the normal expansion, which to use required all previous expansions in order to play. Now as your comparison was obviously meant as a "new IP adoption" warning we're going to ignore the previous content requirements. So $60 up front, and an additional $13 [not the $9.99 you stated in the video] per motnh ($77.94 paid every 6 months) is the cheapest you can go. For one year of WoD you have shelled out $215.88 without any way of bringing that price further down without the addition of WoW tokens which they just added.

A single year of WoW costs $155.88 in subscription fees alone which still beats out your quote of $140 for Destiny, which in fact for the thrifty shopper was far closer to $80. If you where to take the $80 and add in the cost of PS+ for one year you are still only at $130.

Now i get your direction and aim; I'm just targeting your way of putting it across. You may not have intended this to come across as biased or favoring but with the above mentioned misinformation it is not hard for the average fan boy to believe it.

Something you briefly mentioned but said nothing about was their 10 year 'schedule' Bungie was open from the beginning about their being DLC but their expansion were suppose to be every 2 years, not every year. Now Taken Kings could simply be their "We learned more then we though" expansion that most new IPs have early on and they might resume that 2 year scheduling after. But that is something you should have brought up.

I'm with you about being against DLC that is 'required' to enjoy the game, I truly love the message you are trying to deliver. My counter argument is that their are bigger fish to fry, especially when Bungie is being up front about the DLC and giving you a way out of the gate to cut costs.

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I will get lots of hate for this but.... I play football for the same reason, I spend money to rent a pitch to score goals that mean nothing... Am I being robbed.... yeh I suppose so, but I'm having fun while doing it. All entertainment is pointless, money is pointless being spent on it, the value is in how much you enjoy it! Personally I don't gamble I think its crazy, yet I play destiny, which I'm sure gamblers think is crazy. What we choose to spend our money on is based on us, we enjoy it because it works, there is a scientific reason for EVERYTHING in the world even pleasure, our problem is that we over analize everything. Entertainment by its very nature is robbery, we are only entertained because of the science of our brain. I can waste money on a book, it has no use, its ink on a page, a cliff hanger at the end of the book is to make you buy the next, shameful technique? Maybe but if you value the journey you have and think its worth it then I say its fine. Its nothing that every other game has not done. RPG's being the biggest example.

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The taken money DLC.

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Great news. Can't wait. Booted up my nearly 30 warlock on Saturday for the first time in 7 months. I ended up downloading both expansions and playing rest of the weekend. While Destiny is not the best game ever like many of us hardcore Halo and RPG fan's had hoped, it still keep us coming back for more. Also, Bungie is one of the best devs out there, they truly listen to their fans and adjust, much like Blizzard and CD Projekt Red (Witcher 3). I mean the changes I see already from just the 2 expacs is pretty amazing, and loving the new direction. This latest expansion will truly be an expansion from what I've seen in videos etc... It's not a simple DLC like the previous 2 expacs, but a full on expansion, I mean a new subclass is basically like starting the game over, and if the raid is anything like vault of glass, it'll be played for months on end. On top of that, the story arc sounds like it will be much longer and involved, and just look up the vids on youtube regarding the new crucible types, insane!!!

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Evil.

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And still doesnt worth its money.

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what worries me is the fact that 15 people have liked this article....Gamers should stop supporting this game. I don;t think anyone wants to see other games follow this business model...

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@kkdrummer: Destiny didn't start the on-disc DLC trend, nor will it be somehow solely responsible if the trend becomes more mainstream.

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A full $40 expansion with only one raid? Even WoW does more than that with the last one including two raids. I'm sorry but it still doesn't sound like enough content to warrant the price of almost a full game.

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@Bowser05: the price sucks, unless you're new to Destiny, which they're giving Taken King, the two previous 'expansions', and the base game, at 59.99. In my opinion, a decent amount of content, at that price point. Now will you enjoy the game at all? Completely different story.

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Edited By JonnyRoo

Will we have new trophies/achievements? I know a lot of my friends that won't pay extra if they do not include some.

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Oh Bungie what has happened to you...

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@tony56723: Activision is paying the bills, thus they are calling the shots.

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Look, if we got a new planet then and ONLY then I would be inclined to believe them that this game is worth $40. Seeing as how the last two DLC's where overpriced I just can't fathom how the Taken King will be any different unless they introduce Mercury, Phobos or Triton up for exploration. Really, any celestial satellite or planet. We need a new patrol zone.

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@seven7swords: They've said that the Dreadnaught itself will serve this purpose somehow.

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Wow most of you are ignorant and just flat out stupid. Why do you feel so entitled? This was one of the most expensive games to produce, why do you believe you are supposed to get something for free because you preordered a game a year ago? All games have dlc and bungie announced a ten year plan so what was it all going to be free? If you don't like the game stop playing it and stop bitching about it. Go outside, get a girlfriend, start a family get a job.

If you can't afford it then that's your problem, you had no issue shelling out the 60 bucks to buy the game. Maybe you should just power on your Nintendo 64 and play that because the future of video games is here and it cost money so deal with it.

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@lynnfneezy: the game didn't cost 500 millionmillion to make, bungie stated this around launch. Also that kind of attitudeattitude "get over it, that's life" is the reason companies can be so scumy. The dlc for this game costs a third of the games price and both dlc's combined hardly have the content equivalent to a fourth of the original game's content. Yes they have more content in this dlc but its $40 dollars which is unheard of for console dlc. And $20 dollars for a few emotes? It's absolutely scumy. But who cares because people like you say "get over it" or that they're "so entitled" for complaining about $40 for dlc. Grow the **** up and stop being a goddamn sheep.

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@lynnfneezy: The majority of of that 500 million went into marketing. Probably cost 70 to 100 million to actually make the game.

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@lynnfneezy: One of the most expensive games to produce, yeah so? They made their money back and so much more in the first week....

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@lynnfneezy: Ignorant and entitled you say? Nah, not everyone at least. Many of us see the obvious flaws with this kind of business model and what it's done to this game as a whole.

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@tony56723: I did say most.

But really this "flawed business model" has been in practice for years. Would you rather they came out with a new Destiny game every year like Activision does with call of duty (which always have dlc, over $100) or pay significantly less and add on to the games you already have? Honestly I think it's brilliant.

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@lynnfneezy: No offense but I don't care how long Activision has been pulling this crap, shitty business practices are still shitty.

And they don't need to release a new Destiny every year because of how the contract between the two is. It's been outlined that Activision wants at least 3 Destiny games in the next ten years, so you can expect a new one every two years or so (hell Activision announced that Destiny 2 was in development three months after Destiny launched). Then to fill the gap between each release they will sell overpriced "expansions" that Bungie will keep telling everyone has so much value to keep driving sales. That's the ten year plan. Bleed your customers dry

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@lynnfneezy: "significantly less"

It's $20 less than a full game brah

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@TheFrow: lmfao holy Toledo! It's forty freaking dollars you broke bitches need to get a job. If you don't like the game stop playing it, no one cares and your not going to change any minds bitching about it on a game forum.

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@brandunknown: It's not people not being able to afford it, it's that the amount of content doesn't even come close to justifying such a high price.

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@lynnfneezy: This.

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Edited By ZombWie

I don't understand why these people who hate this game so much keep commenting on these articles. Walk away, play another game. We don't want you here. I enjoy playing this game everyday. I have taken the time to earn the gear and learn the game pvp and pve so I can get the most out of it. The whiners want everything to be easy. As for how much it cost... When was the last time you paid $60 for a MINIMUM OF A FEW WEEKS WORTH OF ENTERTAINMENT. Sorry, I guess my caps lock got stuck. Sure Destiny costs money, you know that big Mac you just made? It cost me mone, but it paid your salary.

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@zombwie: Minecraft : 30 buck, still playing ( i have it since 1 years and half)

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@zombwie: Last time I payed $60 for a minimum of a few weeks worth of entertainment? Oh, that was when I bought The Witcher 3 on release day.

Actually still playing it... Not hating on Destiny (today), just saying.

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@seven7swords: HAHA THIS ^^^!!! The Witcher 3, Galactic Civilization III, Final Fantasy XIV, Dragon Age Inquisition, Pokemon Omega Ruby, Splatoon....and these are only the games I can think of off the top of my head that I bought this year. There are plenty of good and fulfilling games that cost $60 or less with a ton of content...

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@lynnfneezy: People are angry at this game and it's dlc because this was all stuff that could and should have been in the main game. I shouldn't have to shell out more than 60 bucks for dlc just to get the full game. I'm not being ignorant or acting entitled. I'm using common sense. If you like the game and want to shell out over a hundred bucks on it, fine. I genuinely hope you enjoy it. But you should recognize that your getting ripped off.

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@holocam22: so your the type of person who buys a single at the record store then demands the whole album for free once it drops?

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@lynnfneezy: I'm the kind of guy that buys an album and gets pissed when the artist releases a dozen singles the next day.

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@holocam22: so you are ignorant, because they announced their plans Early on before the game came out. If you thought that $60 bucks was really the out the door price then you really should just go back to those 64 bit games.

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@lynnfneezy: Why do you insist on calling anyone who disagrees with you ignorant? You strike me as one of those anti social, "my way or the highway" kind of people. And no, bungie didn't reveal all this before the game was released. They said there would be some dlc and probably a second game. They failed to mention how little content the game would have and that what little story it had would be drug out for 10 years. As I said before if you like this then more power to you. But most people don't

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@holocam22: Does it bother you that I use that word. It simply means uninformed which is pretty accurate in this case.

Their contract is available online to view look. http://destiny.wikia.com/wiki/Bungie-Activision_Contract

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@lynnfneezy: they outlined the amount of games Activision wants. They never mentioned how little they would actually put into each release

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Bungie has turned into a handful mercenary. Players wont be fooled from you saying that DLC is a new game, when it is not.
They will reuse all locations and will add some new, more generic enemies.
Apart from that, everything could be done without the excuse of a DLC.

The worst part is who pre-ordered this game with season pass (like me) will have to buy this DLC.

Im sure they have cut Destiny into pieces to sell those two stupid expansions. It wont even dd achievements.
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Ive removed it from my PS4 I've been playing Batman and The Last Of Us again plus Uncharted 4 is on it's way and I don't mind a nice Lego game every now and then and Jurassic World looks good. For the price of this so called DLC i'd rather buy a full game in fact probably The Witcher 3 will be my next game.

I must say though I like the in depth videos of the guy whos in it I like how is talks about the bad things that's currently in gaming and will now be the future unless we actually stop buying this shite

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Unless they add match-making to raids I'm not bothering.

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@karloss01: Thank God.

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