The release of a new expansion for Destiny 2
might signal to most players that it’s time to bring their favorite guns to the nearest trash can while listening to “Amazing Grace” on the bagpipes, but perhaps it’s not time to put old Vera out to pasture just yet. A recent interview on PC Gamer confirmed that players will still have a use for their existing top-end gear when Forsaken arrives
, and hopefully not just to while away the time until a better gun shows up.
Details were not shared, but the assurance was that current stuff could be brought up to the same level as newer gear. It’ll likely be through some form of upgrade system and/or modifications, so whatever you’re doing right now you should keep on doing it. Of course, there’s always the possibility that you’ll still find an even better gun waiting for you… but at least then your old Legendary item will be replaced by something other than the launch of a new expansion.
For a game that begins with the heroes running away with their tails tucked between their legs and a seemingly unstoppable villain parading into the solar system, you’d think that Destiny 2
would have already hit its quota of melancholy beats. Not so fast! Bungie came from the Joss Whedon school of story writing and knows that the best way to keep your fans involved is to torture their favorite characters.
We won’t spoil anything for this September’s Forsaken expansion, but let’s just say that you best be spending quality time with certain game NPCs before it arrives. It’s not like it’s a tightly held secret as the studio is all but shouting this big twist from the mountaintop, but we like to think that we have a bit more class than that.
If you don’t mind some slight spoilage, you can watch the story trailer after the break.
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If you’re still playing Destiny 2
, you’re going to want to catch Bungie’s reveal livestream today. The studio has promised it’ll dish on the game’s second year; we’re already expecting a return to The Reef in the fall expansion, now titled Forsaken. The roadmap
suggests big changes for gear collections, weapons, and gameplay modes too. The stream may even give more clues about Bungie’s new NetEase partnership
, which the studio previously said will help it “explore new directions” – like maybe mobile? – and “empower [it] to build new worlds and invite players, new and old, to join [it] there.” The whole event kicks off at noon EDT, and you can watch it alongside us right here.
The future of Destiny 2 will be revealed next week, as Bungie takes the stage on June 5th at noon EST to talk about its second year roadmap.
Included in this reveal? The general consensus, backed up by Bungie’s recent blog post, is that the studio is going to lay out the details for the game’s fall expansion, which will include a completely new gameplay mode. Place your bets now what we’ll be seeing and where we’ll be going because there are bragging rights at stake!
What’s not at stake, however, are some of the major rewards of Destiny 2’s recent Nightfall strike. Players who had been grinding away at the strike in the hopes of attaining some of its most desirable pieces of gear were exasperated to learn that, yes, the instance is bugged and these exclusive rewards weren’t dropping. Bungie finally admitted this as player reports of the non-drops started to pile up, but the acknowledgement is poor consolation to those who spent large amounts of time on these wasted runs.
The MMO industry moves along at the speed of information, and sometimes we’re deluged with so much news here at Massively Overpowered that some of it gets backlogged. That’s why there’s The MOP Up: a weekly compilation of smaller MMO stories and videos that you won’t want to miss. Seen any good MMO news? Hit us up through our tips line!
Maybe you’ll discover a new game in this space — or be reminded of an old favorite! This week we have stories and videos from Mu Ignition, The Black Death, Citadel, World of Speed, Armored Warfare, Portal Knights, Crossout, Destiny 2, Reign of Guilds, Skyforge, Hyper Universe, RF Online, Dark and Light, all waiting for you after the break!
The release of Warmind
means that Destiny 2
players are due for another roadmap on the game’s development, and guess what’s shown up? Exactly that
. That… was sort of obvious. The developers are looking forward to the end of May, July, and September, with plans for new seasonal events, more adjustments to exotic armor, new gameplay modes, and various other plans that have yet to be revealed.
Of particular note are the Crucible Labs slated for release on May 29th, which promise to be part of an effort to bring players into a more active development process for PvP. Players will get to try out experimental forms of PvP before they become a regular part of the game, with feedback playing an important role in determining what gets upgraded to be a regular part of the game. We don’t yet know exactly what those experimental forms will be yet, of course, but the new content should offer some interesting previews of the future.
Are you familiar with Geocaching? It’s a popular activity in which players hide and discover treasure caches all over the world (and is a favorite of Shroud of the Avatar’s Richard Garriott, who hid one on the International Space Station).
It turns out that Bungie is a fan of the game as well, as the studio team created its own special geocache hunt for fans to discover. Destiny 2 players discovered clues in the latest patch that eventually led to a secret message. This message contained GPS coordinates to a real-world location, which turned out to be a hidden cache on Sleeping Beauty Mountain in New York state.
The contents? A huge Valkyrie spear modeled after one of Destiny 2’s weapons and a note from the developers encouraging the finder to share his or her discovery with the community at large. The note was from Design Lead Rob Gallerani that thanked the community for its passion and hinted that more geocaches may be coming. Additionally, the team left a second, smaller container with gold coins for future hunters to take if they traveled to these coordinates.
Will Warmind be enough to help Destiny 2
recapture the hearts and minds of Bungie fans? We don’t know the answer to that yet. But we do know Warmind is rolling out today all the same. As previously explained, the game’s second expansion includes the Mars polar ice cap locale, new armor and weapons including the new Valkrie relic weapon, the new Escalation Protocol endgame content, multiple new Strikes, and new story missions. The Spire of Stars raid lair will go live on Friday, so you’ll have something to keep you occupied this weekend.
“The team at Vicarious Visions have been fans of Destiny long before we started working with Bungie on this amazing franchise,” Creative Director Brent Gibson wrote last week. “We are fortunate enough to not only add to the gameplay experience, but the franchise as a whole by bringing the legendary Hunter, Ana Bray, to life! She has carried our banner through this entire journey and we can’t wait for you to meet her on this adventure. See you on Mars on May 8!”
Requisite trailer with lots of guns and percussion and orange fire and zooming text.
“Warmind is the start of a new conversation. It’s a step forward in the direction we want to start taking Destiny 2
There’s a lot riding on the release of Destiny 2’s Warmind DLC next week, and the developers aren’t shy about promoting the patch as a way to make up for some of the disappointment players have felt lately. In a new developer insights video, the team discusses the various activities and explorable areas that players will enjoy come May 8th.
While the campaign is important, Bungie sees the attached activities as what will be bringing players back again and again. A huge amount of location variety, a massive boss fight, and a Rasputin melee weapon are just some of the elements that are going into making this a memorable patch.
And if you’re wanting to check out the game right now – on the cheap – the Humble Bundle sub is currently offering the game as a sign-up deal for the annual subscription to the service. “Subscribe for $12/month to immediately unlock Destiny 2 (MSRP: $59.99) with more to come!” reads the blurb, and yes, you can cancel after paying that first month.
Yesterday we teased ActiBlizz for putting out another boring quarterly financial report about its ever-growing piles of money, but even with World of Warcraft doing well, the announcement turned out to be interesting – and not entirely in good ways.
For starters, as Bloomberg and GIbiz report, Dow Jones apparently published old data as new ahead of the financial call yesterday, causing Activision-Blizzard stock – as well as Electronic Arts and Take Two stock – to tumble, with ActiBlizz falling 6.3%. Within a few hours, corrections and proper numbers had been published, and the stocks all rose again, with ActiBlizz closing 2.3% down.
“We regret our error as well as inadvertently breaking the embargo,” Dow Jones admitted. “We have issued a correction and are reviewing our processes.”
Reporting on Activision-Blizzard’s endless piles of money is about as much fun as reporting on how fifty-bajillion-zillion people are playing fork knife. No, I said that wrong; it’s about as much fun as taking a fork and a knife to my own eyeballs. But hey, it’s tradition, so here goes: Bobby Kotick and the gang have announced new records, measured in said piles of money; the company acknowledges it was a quarter “without large content releases” that nevertheless produced enough piles of money to surpass its own guidance, leading it to raise its outlook for more piles of money for the year.
“For the quarter ended March 31, 2018, Activision Blizzard’s net revenues presented in accordance with GAAP were a Q1 record $1.97 billion, as compared with $1.73 billion for the first quarter of 2017. GAAP net revenues from digital channels were an all-time quarterly record $1.46 billion. GAAP operating margin was 30%. GAAP earnings per share were an all-time quarterly record $0.65, as compared with $0.56 for the first quarter of 2017. […] Activision Blizzard’s operating margin was 39% and earnings per diluted share were an all-time quarterly record $0.78, as compared with $0.72 for the first quarter of 2017. […] Operating cash flow was a Q1 record $529 million, up 29% year-over-year.”
Next week on May 8th, Destiny 2 is making a strong bid for players’ attention with its Warmind DLC. It feels as though there is extra pressure on this content update, as Destiny 2’s reputation and popularity has taken a strong hit since its launch last year.
Bungie put together a page to cover all of the highlights of Warmind, and to be fair, it looks like quite the full-featured patch. There’s a new Mars storyline, the Escalation Protocol public event, the Spire of Stars raid, the debut of Season 3, exotic weapon tuning, seasonal Crucible rankings, new Crucible maps, and private matches to anticipate.
To get the full scoop on Season 3’s changes to the Crucible and its new exotic weapons, give the following developer video a watch.
“Fortnite is now the largest free-to-play console game of all time, in revenue generated and monthly active users,” SuperData has declared in its monthly revenue report for the gaming industry for March 2018. The game sits at the tippy-top of the console listing and has now breezed past both PUBG and World of Warcraft to sit at #5 on PC.
“Fortnite had quite a March. The game has overtaken the previous ‘king of battle royale,’ PUBG, in terms of revenue generated and monthly active users across all platforms. It also hit the #1 spot by revenue on iOS in the United States in its launch month, and has the highest conversion rate of any free-to-play PC game in March. […] There’s no other way to say it: the game is a phenomenon. Fortnite generated $223 million across all platforms (console, PC, Mobile) in March, up a whopping 73% from February.”
Hearthstone’s re-entry to the PC side has bumped Far Cry 5 out of the top 10 (though Far Cry 5 on console is at #2). Destiny 2 is now nowhere to be found, Monster Hunter World has sunk to #10 on the console side, and Sea of Thieves debuted at #7 for console revenue. Don’t get too excited about Sea of Thieves, though; the analytics firm says almost half of the game’s two million or so monthly active users were playing the free trial.