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Destiny: The Taken King is a major expansion pack for the first-person shooter Destiny, released on September 15, 2015—nearly one year after the original release of Destiny. The third expansion of Destiny, it follows the Taken King Oryx, whose son Crota was killed by Guardians during the events of Destiny’s first downloadable content pack, The Dark Below, and formed an army known as the “Taken”—comprised of new versions of existing enemies with new abilities, to destroy them. The expansion adds new playable content across the game, including new campaign missions in a new player versus environment (PvE) area, multiplayer missions, player versus player (PvP) maps, gear, and weaponry. Upon its release, Destiny was also re-issued at retail as Destiny: The Taken King Legendary Edition, which includes The Taken King and all past DLC, as well as bonus content in special limited edition variants.

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Its release coincided with patch version 2.0 for Destiny, which made fundamental changes to the core functionality for all players to mark the start of “Year Two” of its lifecycle, including a new quest system and revisions to the game’s levelling system among others. Through the development of The Taken King, Bungie also indicated a desire to address criticisms from players and other critics—including a greater focus on characterization.

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The Taken King and its associated patch received positive critical reception, with reviewers citing the more coherent storyline of the content contained within, as well as other changes across the content.