EMBARK ON THE NEXT CHAPTER FROM BUNGIE AND ACTIVISION WITH DESTINY: THE TAKEN KING

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EMBARK ON THE NEXT CHAPTER FROM BUNGIE AND ACTIVISION WITH DESTINY: THE TAKEN KING 

Never Been a Better Time to Jump into the Destiny Universe 

Destiny Year Two Gives New Players and Veteran Guardians the Ability to Carve Their Legends in the Stars

Sydney, Australia. — September 16, 2015 — Bungie and Activision Publishing, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATVI) have joined forces to bring the world Destiny: The Taken King, the epic follow-up to the blockbuster Destiny saga.  Building upon Destiny, the biggest new video game franchise launch in history, Destiny: The Taken King expands the universe with a rich and diverse offering, including new adventures, challenges, enemies, and weapons that make for the most ambitious addition to the Destiny universe yet. The Taken King can be purchased now, worldwide, in each territory where available at global retailers, and through console digital stores.  Additionally, the ‘King’s Fall’ Raid will go live at 3am AEST on Saturday, Sept. 19, giving millions of players in the Destiny community the biggest new challenge and commensurate rewards to date.

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, there has never been a better time to jump in to “Become Legend,” particularly for new players beginning their journey as a Guardian. The Taken King major expansion takes players deep into the chambers of a new destination, the ‘Dreadnaught’ ship, to defeat Oryx, and his Taken Army.

“The biggest new video game franchise launch in history is back!” said Eric Hirshberg, CEO of Activision Publishing. “For the millions who have been playing Destiny already, The Taken King offers epic new adventures across all modes of play, with all-new enemies, destinations, weapons and challenges. And if you’re new to Destiny, this is the perfect time to jump in, by getting all of the incredible adventures of Destiny to date in one epic Legendary Edition for a value that won’t be seen anywhere in gaming this year.”

“Destiny has the best and most passionate community we’ve ever seen at Bungie.  As we started planning for year two, we wanted to surprise, engage and challenge those that have put in hundreds, if not thousands of hours of their personal time in to the universe,” said Luke Smith, creative director for The Taken King at Bungie.  “We hope The Taken King will exceed the high bar of expectations from our voracious audience, and welcome new Guardians into this next great chapter.”

For players who are new to Destiny, everything needed to jump in is available in the Legendary Edition which includes content for: Destiny, Expansion I: The Dark Below, Expansion II: House of Wolves, and features The Taken King offered at a suggested retail price of $99.95.  Those who have already purchased Destiny and both expansions can purchase a digital copy of The Taken King by itself for a suggested retail price of $69.95.   At launch, PlayStation® gamers will also 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 Spring 2016.  Both The Taken King and the Legendary Edition will also 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 Taken King is rated ‘M’ for mature, and will be available for the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system (PlayStation® Plus required for some features), PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system and Xbox 360 games and entertainment system from Microsoft (Xbox Live Gold required for some features) on Sept. 15, 2015.

The community can interact directly with the developers at www.Bungie.net, www.facebook.com/Bungie and @Bungie on Twitter. For game information, they can visit www.DestinyTheGame.com and follow the official Destiny social channels at www.facebook.com/DestinyTheGame and @DestinyTheGame on Twitter.

 

About Bungie

Bungie was founded in 1991 with two goals: develop kick ass games that combine state-of-the-art technology with uncompromising art, captivating storytelling, and deep gameplay, and then to sell enough copies to fund our ongoing quest for World Domination. Over the past twenty years, Bungie created a bunch of fun games, including the Halo franchise, the Marathon Trilogy, and the first two Myth games. Our independent, employee-owned development studio is located in Bellevue, Washington, the base where we launched our most ambitious project to date: Destiny.

 

More information about Bungie can be found at www.bungie.net.

 

About Activision Publishing, Inc.

Headquartered in Santa Monica, California, Activision Publishing, Inc. is a leading global producer and publisher of interactive entertainment.) Activision maintains operations throughout the world and is a division of Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ: ATVI), an S&P 500 company.  More information about Activision and its products can be found on the company’s website,www.activision.com or by following @Activision.

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Destiny game, Expansions I & II required to play, all included in the Legendary and Collector’s editions.

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