Destiny Dev Bungie Trademarks The Taken King

Is that the name of Bungie's "major content release" scheduled for this fall?

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Destiny developer Bungie has trademarked something called "The Taken King." As spotted by games forum NeoGAF, Bungie applied for the trademark with the United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) on April 28.

The Taken King is listed as generic "video game software." It's registered to Bungie, and the attorney on file is Jim Charne. For what it's worth, Charne is also the attorney listed on the USPTO filings for Destiny expansions The Dark Below and House of Wolves.

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The USPTO filing also reveals a logo for The Taken King, which you can see in this post. We've followed up with Bungie, asking for more information about The Taken King.

If The Taken King is related to Destiny, it could be the name of the "major content release" coming to the game this fall. As it so happens, Activision will hold its latest earnings call this afternoon, where the company may talk about future plans for Destiny.

It's not much of a surprise that Activision would be planning to support Destiny for a long, long time, given the company's sizable investment in the series. On top of that, Bungie has itself spoken previously of having a 10-year, Lord of the Rings-sized vision for the game.

The next Destiny expansion is House of Wolves, which launches on May 19. Bungie will talk more about the DLC today, May 6, during a livestream event beginning at 11 AM PDT.

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