Sony, makers of fine and unavailable Playstation products, announced this morning they are purchasing game studio Bungie for $3.6 billion. It’s a move that would otherwise have been completely unexpected if rival Microsoft hadn’t been loudly throwing its cash around lately.
Video game publisher Activision and five-star developer Bungie have decided to see other people. In the biggest breakup since the Bezoses, Bungie will once again become an independent studio. This is divorce #2 for the company, who once produced Halo for Microsoft. As for who the kids are going to, Destiny will remain in Bungie’s custody.
Bungie, Vicarious Visions and Activision, a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATVI), has announced that Destiny 2 Expansion II: Warmind is now available for download on PlayStation®4, the Xbox One family of devices including Xbox One X, and PC. The PC version of the expansion is available exclusively on Battle.net®, Blizzard Entertainment’s acclaimed online-gaming platform. Destiny 2 Expansion II: Warmind marks the second official expansion to the award-winning Destiny 2, and sequel to the critically acclaimed Destiny videogame. Warmind includes new gear, deeper endgame content, activities, an all-new story, and features an epic new boss battle that challenges players in new ways. In Warmind, players will meet Ana Bray, a hero voiced by prominent actress Jamie Chung.
The expansion continues to build on the Destiny 2 universe for the dedicated and returning fans who want to enjoy a fresh chapter in a story campaign. Players venture into a polar ice cap on Mars to explore epic adventures and activities. For players seeking an extremely challenging experience, Warmind includes an all-new endgame activity called Escalation Protocol. In this mode, players fight through increasingly difficult waves of Hive combatants. Included in the expansion and going live on Friday, 11th May is a new Raid Lair, a Destiny fan-favorite endgame activity, called “Spire of Stars,” that offers new areas to explore, a brand-new boss to conquer, and unique rewards to acquire.
Additionally, with the launch of Warmind, Season 3 gameplay updates begin for all players of Destiny 2; these include powerful upgrades to Exotic weapons, the introduction of Ranked Crucible play, new Crucible maps, Private Matches, additional Vault Space, and much more.
“We are excited about the future of the Destiny franchise. Together, as partners with Bungie, we have taken various steps to create a dialogue between those who make the game, and those who play.” said Byron Beede, executive vice president and general manager for Destiny at Activision. He added, “Warmind represents another step toward bringing the Destiny 2 hobby back to our dedicated players.”
We are but a few weeks away from the arrival of Destiny 2, and players are getting more and more excited about it with each passing day. And now, the launch trailer for the game has been released, showing off what the game will look and be like when it gets released. Check it, and the synopsis for the trailer, below.
Bungie has revealed that the PC Destiny 2 beta will begin on August 28 and run through to August 31. The developer also outlined the minimum and recommended system requirements needed to run the beta. It’s important to note that these specs might not be indicative of what is required to play the full game on your system when it releases.
The latest expansion for Destiny, Rise of Iron, has outperformed the original vanilla release of the game. According to sales data released by Activision, Destiny: Rise of Iron generation $59.1 million in digital revenue in September. That’s some almost $13 million more revenue that the base game made when it originally launched in September 2014.
According to a report by Gamestop, the developers at Bungie did something pretty special by helping two Destiny players get engaged to be wed. The players who got engaged through Destiny are game developers Rami Ismail and Adriel Wallick.
Several sources have revealed to Kotaku that Destiny 2 will make its way to PC in addition to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The leak, which has since been confirmed by various different people, started with a post on NeoGAF that indicated Activision had given an internal presentation about the game coming to PC as well as confirming that some parts of development had been subcontracted to Vicarious Visions – a developer that is wholly owned by the publisher.
Destiny developer Bungie hasn’t discarded the idea of adding matchmaking to raids in the hit sci-fi shooter, according to an interview with world design lead Steve Cotton. Speaking in an exclusive interview with The Metro at Gamescon earlier this week, Cotton made clear that the studio was listening to feedback from fans and was still discussing the idea of adding matchmaking to the Raids in the game.
When Bungie first announced the new expansion for Destiny, Rise of Iron, they revealed that the DLC expansion would only be available on Xbox One and PlayStation 4. Players on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 would have to sit this particular piece of content out, despite being able to purchase and play every piece of previous DLC.
While Destiny wasn’t exactly met with outstanding critical acclaim when it first released, it has continued to have a dedicated fan following who regularly play the game. Even these players though have come to bemoan the lack of new content that has made its way to the title to keep it from getting stale.
When Bungie revealed the Rise of Iron expansion, one thing many noticed was that last gen consoles weren’t going to get the updates. This made gamers curious as to why, to which Game Director Christopher Barrett revealed at E3: