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.
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.
Bungie has revealed the launch trailer for Destiny‘s next expansion, The Taken King, which is set to be the biggest expansion that the MMOFPS has received yet. Check it out directly below.
As far as gameplay trailers go, this one is a bit strange. There’s some new clips that show off a bit of the story expansion and a heck of a lot of shooting, which is what you would expect. However, the song that accompanies the gameplay is “Black Dog” by Led Zeppelin, which is really weird. Don’t get me wrong, I friggin’ love Led Zeppelin and I’m pretty amazed that they even OK’d the use of the song for the trailer, but the tone of the song and the tone of the game are completely different. “Black Dog” is a really fun and up-beat song and Destiny takes itself very seriously.
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 on 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.
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.
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?
343 Industries gift to fans for a crappy launch may be coming very soon.
343 Industries have been remastering Halo 3: ODST to add to Halo: The Master Chief Collection as a way to say sorry to the fans for such a rocky launch. While they claimed it would be coming sometime this Spring, an official release date was never announced. However, a listing on Xbox.com that has since been taken down may have let the cat out of the bag.
According to this listing, Halo 3: ODST Remastered will launch on May 29th, 2015. This game will be free to those who bought the game around launch, with the cut off date for getting it for free being December 19th. There has been no official word from 343 yet, so we’ll just have to wait and see how things pan out with this one.
Unfortunately, the popular Firefight mode from the original game will not be making it to this remastered version, though a reason for that was not provided.
Outside of getting an entire game for free, gamers will also be able to download the Relic map, which is a remake of a map from Halo 2.
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!