Destiny: The Taken King is the third expansion pack to the established massive-multiplayer, eponymous first-person shooter from video game developer Bungie and publisher Activision. Bungie's latest IP was immediately polarizing with critics upon initial release in September 2014. As the follow-up to their tentpole Halo franchise, the developer's new mythic sci-fi series offers more in the way of role-playing, player exploration, and customization - all of which are facets that have never been a gaming staple before from the studio that introduced the world to Master Chief.
With two expansion packs already under their belt, Bungie looks set to deliver a third title for the Destiny series' first main campaign that should be an improvement on all levels, from story to weapons to raids. The latest teaser promises more of the same, with an added first look in the offing.
In the featured teaser trailer above, Bungie promises new inclusions in The Taken King such as nameplate collections, artifact slots, new collections and vaults, shader collections, level twenty-five character boosts, and more. With Senior Design Lead Tyson Green and Executive Producer Mark Noseworthy in tow, The Taken King looks primed to address all of the myriad player concerns raised since the series was launched. The teaser also promotes a Twitch reveal, wherein Bungie will take gamers on a tour of the Tower and show them how their Guardians will evolve with the beginning of Destiny year two.
Based on what we already know about the new inclusions forthcoming from the third expansion pack, the developing team at Bungie looks ready to deliver on everything that they've promised players so far. With so many new weapons, character options, and narrative paths to explore in The Taken King's new featured campaign, there should be plenty for the Bungie-faithful to enjoy come September 2015.
Whether you enjoy Destiny or not, the latest release in the franchise looks enticing and enjoyable based on the level of depicted storytelling alone. Featuring voice-over work yet again from Nathan Fillion as Cayde-6, Bungie looks like they're having fun with year two in the game's cinematic world - and with so many new gameplay options to explore, maybe The Taken King will finally win over any outstanding naysayers (and perhaps even recruit a few new Guardians to the fold).
Then again, maybe this is all just another ploy for attention from an IP that was dead on arrival, and it's high time to put Destiny to bed and move on to bigger and better gaming titles, from Bungie and elsewhere.
Regardless of personal player preferences, Destiny: The Taken King will be available to purchase from participating retailers in the U.S. starting on September 15th, 2015.