The next Destiny expansion is called The Taken King, according to marketing materials sent to Kotaku. It will be out on September 15 and will open up a new subclass for each of Destiny‘s three classes, according to the leak.
This evening, a tipster sent over a large marketing sheet for The Taken King, which we’ve been able to corroborate with other sources. The sheet — which lists The Taken King at $US40 — offers a handful of details surrounding Destiny‘s next expansion pack. For example, it confirms the existence of a new subclass for each of the game’s three classes, along with a new elemental super ability: an electrical storm for Warlocks (arc); a gravity bow for Hunters (void); and a flaming hammer for Titans (solar). Hardcore Destiny players will notice that each of these abilities revolves around the element each respective class lacks today.
In addition to the usual additions we’ve seen in both other Destiny expansions so far — new Strikes, new PvP maps, etc. — The Taken King will have a raid pitting players against Oryx, father of Crota, who is apparently looking for revenge (and leading a new army of baddies called the Taken). Crota, you may remember, was the big bad raid boss in the game’s first expansion pack. He had a crippling weakness to LAN cables.
Last month’s House of Wolves expansion didn’t come with a raid, although it’s safe to say that it tweaked and added enough to justify that omission, correcting many of the more annoying mistakes Bungie made in the first expansion.
In January, a different leak outlined Bungie’s future plans for Destiny, and although we heard at the time that some of the details there had changed — House of Wolves, for example, came out two months later than slated in that leak — the outline did include an expansion that was code-named Comet and scheduled for September 2015. The name “Taken King” has been floating around for a while, too, thanks to trademark registrations and an accidental leak by Red Bull.
Bungie declined to comment on this story. We should see more from the new expansion at E3 next week.