Activision Publishing and game developer Bungie announced today that Destiny: The Taken King is the most downloaded day-one game in PlayStation history.
The launch of the expansion for the online shooter Destiny broke the record for the most downloads in a single launch day for Sony’s consoles, including the PlayStation 4. It also set a new day-one franchise high for both total players and peak online concurrency.
In doing so, the Taken King surpassed the original Destiny launch day last September, which was itself the biggest new video game franchise launch in history.
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“Destiny: The Taken King is officially the most downloaded game on day-one in PlayStation history and set a new benchmark for both total Destiny players and peak online concurrency on day-one, so it’s safe to say the Destiny franchise continues to gain momentum,” said Eric Hirshberg, CEO of Activision Publishing, in a statement. “Along with our talented partners at Bungie, we cannot wait to watch the community continue to grow and tackle the King’s Fall Raid kicking off on Friday.”
The Destiny Legendary Edition, which includes two previous expansions and The Taken King, sells for $60. Destiny: The Taken King is available as a stand-alone purchase for $40.
Bungie was founded in 1991, and it previously created the Halo video game series. Microsoft took over the Halo series and created its own internal studio, 343 Industries, to run that franchise, while Bungie split off on its own to create Destiny, which is published by Activision. Bungie has been in the news a lot over a dispute with its former composer, but this announcement takes the company’s fortunes in a happier direction.
PlayStation gamers receive access to a host of additional content for The Taken King, including a Strike, a Crucible map, three sets of armor and an exotic weapon, timed exclusive until at least Fall 2016. Both The Taken King and the Legendary Edition include a character boost, called “Spark of Light,” a one-time increase to level 25 which is the minimum level required to play The Taken King content.
The companies say that, with a new storyline introducing Oryx, Crota’s vengeful father, an all-new destination, three new Guardian subclasses, a massive arsenal of new armor, weapons and exotics, new Strikes and Crucible maps, and the new ‘King’s Fall’ Raid that will put players to the ultimate test, the time is ripe to jump in. Besides the PlayStation 4, the game is available on the PS3, Xbox One, and Xbox 360 consoles.