Destiny launches The Taken King

    
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If there’s a rash of unexplained office and school absences today, it might be the fault of Destiny: The Taken King. The massive update is now live, fully unlocking the new content after last week’s 2.0 patch began the transition to Destiny’s second year.

The Taken King pits players against Oryx and his armies on the moon of Phobos. Players can power their characters to level 40, explore the new subclass quests, take on additional bounties, and conquer the expansion’s strikes. Simply by purchasing the expansion, players can boost their characters to level 25 to partake in the new content.

Unfortunately, the update has hit some snags, with some players reporting time-to-kill issues, lost progress, and activation bugs.

Bungie also released a new soundtrack for The Taken King and Destiny’s previous DLC packs. You can check out the soundtrack’s trailer below.

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Tizmah1
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TronSheridan RyanMahaffey Armsbend  You sound like that principle from Back to the Future.  I hated that guy.

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SwiftlyJonathan Estranged Its interesting because I bought Destiny vanilla last year and had a lot of fun with it. I’ve been impressed by the glam of their advertising they’ve been putting out for Taken king and decided to re-dip the toe in to see if I could end up returning to Destiny.

Problem is, everything was shut behind pay walls their was nothing really left for me to do so it was impossible for me to re-engage. 

If they could figure out a way to gate content behind the paywalls, but expose enough of it to me that I can decide as a more informed consumer what I’m RE-buying back into, they would stand a much better chance of monetizing players like me again. 
But because I couldn’t really get a “feel” for what my money would be getting me with Taken King, I’ve decided to pass despite my interest.

I feel like this is an unfortunate wrinkle in their business model that could be rectified with a more creative way to engage returning players besides completely locking them out behind the paid, newer content.

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TTK is required to access the top level. Pretty standard “MMO” practice. I guess they could allow level 34s into Trials, with some buffing. Don’t know of a level based game that neglects a requirement of Xpac purchases to gain access to other top level players. Personally, I don’t care for levels, but I deal.
Given your numbers, standard MMO prices are twice the cost of Destiny over a year. Even more if it is Xpac year.
Sorry about your frustration, but this game averaged $7.5 per month in year one.

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wolfyseyes I started from scratch with a Hunter when 2.0 hit, and its a much better game for new players now. 

much better.

SwiftlyJonathan
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Beware. There’s effectively a sub, Bungie is just too sneaky to call it that.

I own Destiny, The Dark Below, and House of Wolves. As of today, large portions of the content I previously had access to is gone, held hostage to a purchase of The Taken King. Among the worst offenders is that I don’t have access to Trials of Osiris, which was a substantial portion of the draw to buying House of Wolves. I paid $20 to get access to a new high end competitive pvp mode on May 19th, and now I can’t play it anymore unless I fork over another $40. Heck, I can’t even choose specific game modes in crucible anymore. 

So don’t get too smug about not paying a sub. Given past data, you’ll need to pay around $80-$100 a year to keep reasonable access to the activities you are playing today. Otherwise, you’ll be effectively demoted to playing what most honest games would call an extended trial. It might come in spread $20 and $40 increments, but it ends up being just a more deceptive, predatory way to package a subscription.

SwiftlyJonathan
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A Dad Supreme
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A Dad Supreme

Warlock Level 37, Light level 170. Game is pretty fun still.
Got a Hawkmoon handgun today after logging in. Weird seeing that gun lower in stats to green ones now.

Estranged
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The breaking off aspect is clever. Best wishes.

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This game is surprisingly good… even FPS parts, that not my best.

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Oh I’m sure we are pretty close to the same ideas. It pretty much takes an entire school system top to bottom deciding they are going to run it the way that the local parents want it , and Feds be damned. I’m sure , well I know , that they just basically act like they agree to the no tolerance rules and common core curriculum etc but teach it the way they want and so on.
Easy enough to do if everyone is on board and I think that’s the catch , it’s hard if you are part of a large county or metro school system , ours broke off a few years ago from being part of the county system because of that and has been better ever since.
One elementary , one middle school , one High School , all with lots in each but one unified system essentially going by the local ideals etc
And on the attendance thing they do call if you don’t send a note , or think something is up , so I’m not saying that’s not needed in some cases either , just more on a case by case thing.