Over 25 Million People Have Played Destiny

Ever since Bungie’s MMOFPS Destiny launched last year it has been a huge success, regardless of the fact that it was a very flawed game. Still, the core ingredients were so good that it kept millions of people on board, and their loyalty has been rewarded with updates that have improved the game greatly.

The last big update was the expansion called The Taken King, which added 5 million users to the game which now brings the player total up to 25 million. Activision confirmed these numbers yesterday and they said the following:

“Day-one downloads broke PlayStation records, day-one engagement saw the highest number of active players in Destiny’s history, daily player engagement is now well above three hours per day and the Destiny community has climbed to over 25 million players.”

I admit that I was initially super hyped for the game, taking part in both the game’s alpha and beta testing. However, once the game actually launched with not much more content and a story that seemed purposely removed from the game for the sake of future DLC it kind of put a bad taste in my mouth. I am tempted to jump back in and see how much it has improved, though.

New Documents Prove Destiny’s Story Was Substantially Revised Before Launch

The hype levels for Bungie’s Destiny were through the roof, as it was to be the first new IP they created since Halo. Both the alpha and beta were great and got everyone pumped for what everyone assumed was a lot more to come.

However, the game launched with little content and hardly any story at all, and extensions of this story have been released in the subsequent months as paid DLC. Many suspected that the game’s original story was cut up and revised so Activision could sell it in parts and make more money, and it looks like we finally have some proof of that.

New documents that were published by Venturebeat regarding the lawsuit between Bungie employee Maty O’Donnell and the studio confirm that Destiny’s story was “substantially” revised just a year before launch. You can click right here to view the documents and see everything for yourself.

No Raid For Destiny’s Taken King Expansion At Launch

Destiny‘s big new expansion called The Taken King is set to be released next month, though it looks like it will be lacking something big at launch. Bungie has just confirmed that the $40 expansion will not be launching with a raid, which is part of any expansion’s most anticipated aspect.

This news comes just two weeks before the launch of this expansion, with no expected release date for when the raid might launch. Basically, they just want your money now and they’ll release that raid whenever they feel like it.

The Taken King will launch on September 15th, 2015, which marks the end of “year one” for Destiny.

Hear A Clip Of Nolan North As The Ghost In Destiny

It was recently revealed that Nolan North would be replacing Peter Dinklage as the ghost from Destiny in not only the upcoming Taken King expansion, but also re-recording everything Dinklage already did. Bungie claims this is due to future scheduling conflicts with Dinklage and their desire to have consistency in the game.

Well, thanks to the above teaser for the Taken King we now have our first brief clip of what Nolan North sounds like as the Ghost. As far as I can judge from this clip it isn’t all *that* different, but definitely less monotone. Then again, this is coming from a guy who had no problem whatsoever with Dinklebot and didn’t understand the huge backlash he was getting at the time.

The Taken King is set to be released next month on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

Here’s A Teaser For The Destiny: The Taken King Livestream

Tomorrow marks the day that Bungie will be hosting a livesteam that shows off the next expansion for Destiny, called The Taken King. To get you hyped, they’ve released a brief teaser showing off a bit of gameplay from the anticipated expansion pack.

The livestream will begin onĀ August 19 at 11am PT/2pm ET/7pm UK, which will include several people involved with the game discussing some of the new things that The Taken King will be bringing to the table. Check out the teaser for The Taken King directly below.

Peter Dinklage Replaced By Nolan North In Destiny

Dinklebot’s reign has ended, as it has just been revealed that Peter Dinkage will no longer be the voice of the Ghost in Bungie’s Destiny. This news was revealed by Game Informer, where it was revealed that he will be taking over voice duties for the upcoming Taken King expansion for Destiny.

Dinklebot

That’s not even the best part, though, as they are actually going back and re-recording everything that Peter Dinklage already did and replacing it with new voice work from Nolan North. It will be like Dinklebot never even existed. Seems pretty drastic to me, though maybe they’re trying to stir things up to get more people interested again?

Bungie Has “Legendary” New Year’s Gifts For All ‘Destiny’ Players

Go ahead and claim your legendary gift.

You may or may not have received an email from Destiny developer Bungie recently talking of you receiving an item as a token of appreciation for a great launch. Considering that around Halloween time everyone got a sweet Jack-‘o-lantern head that would make several different screams as you wore it, many thought we might be getting a Santa hat that went, “HO HO HO”.

Well, not really. Instead, Bungie has delivered one legendary weapon to everybody’s postmaster, with the limit being one per account and the weapon in question being completely random. If you’re a hardcore Destiny player then you are probably already at the point where legendary weapons do nothing for you, but if you’re someone like me that doesn’t even have 1 level 30 yet, it might just come in handy.

Or it will be some useless piece of crap that i’ll break down into Energy, similar to just about every other weapon I find in the game. We shall see!