Did you stay up last night until midnight, waiting for your turn at Destiny 2
? Were you watching the Bungie feed as it posted launches around the globe, its social media intern hopelessly confused about which countries constitute Central Europe
? Did you take a “sick” day today only to wait in queues
all night and be unable to form your guild
while griping on Reddit about pay-to-win
? Or were you vicariously watching the hoopla through streamers who’ve already beaten the game
in just 12 hours?
Welcome to the launch of an MMO!
We’ve rounded up all our Destiny 2 news, plus the official launch trailer, the epic dance trailer from Japan, the launch message from Bungie, and our hands-on with the game from earlier this summer. PC players, you’ll have to keep dancing until October 24th. Sorry dudes and dudettes.
On this week’s show, Justin and Bree deal with a hodge-podge of interesting MMO news, including ARK’s launch, Destiny 2’s PC beta, and what some studios are doing to help players in response to the tragedy of Hurricane Harvey.
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console servers are beginning their staggered opening today, starting with our friends down under in Australia and New Zealand, where the clock’s just struck midnight and the streaming hoopla is now underway
Multiple outlets are reporting that you may be able to sneak in anyway if you happen to have received your physical disc already, as the servers are already up. Digital folks, you’ll be waiting until the designated time. And PC players, you’ll have to contend with mere beta for now; it launched last week, at least for those who’ve purchased a copy ahead of the final October 24th PC launch.
The open beta for Destiny 2 finally hit the PC, and while I’m generally reluctant to say that anything is the preferred platform for a given audience (people get excited about platforms I personally would never have expected), in this case it seems fair. The beta has, of course, run into some issues, but people seem to have enjoyed it even without getting to take a trip to a nice farm. Plenty of space to run around in that farm.
Also, while it seems almost like a joke to say this, it really happened: ARK: Survival Evolved finally launched. If you were waiting for launch? You were waiting for now. It has happened.
More news? You’ll no doubt hear more with the convention this weekend, but let’s go nuts anyway.
- The final alpha test for Legends of Aria will arrive on September 21st, incorporating huge improvements over prior versions. Whether or not that will make you want to jump into the game is another question, of course.
- The alpha test for Wild West Online is absolutely very definitely happening on September 15th. That’s nice and unambiguous, isn’t it? Now no one will misunderstand when it’s happening.
- Crowfall has a cinematic trailer now! It’s very cinematic. And… a trailer. That’s a bad description, you should watch it and come up with a better one.
- In worse news, MU Legend has delayed its open beta until November. Perhaps it saw the other games in testing and got shy?
- Ashes of Creation is planning for its first alpha, helpfully titled “alpha zero,” to start in December. There are reasons why it’s a zero instead of a one, but it’s still the first test.
- Also, Dauntless is in closed beta. Like, right now. Surprise! No daunting for them.
All right! Are you pumped to scroll through a whole list full of other titles currently in testing, possibly incorporating more surprises along the way but probably not? Jump on down below, then, and if you see something which ought not to be there, do let us know down in the comments.
There isn’t a console player alive who is unaware that Destiny 2
is launching next week. The sequel to Bungie’s hit online shooter looks bigger and better than anything seen before, but that doesn’t mean that players are going to get all of the promised content on Day One.
The game will launch on September 6th for Xbox One and PlayStation 4, but the game’s mystery raid isn’t going to go live until September 13th. Players are going to have to wait even longer for trials, which are scheduled for September 15th. The studio also said that it’s going to squeeze in another beta between now and launch to make sure that everything is as polished as possible.
There’s also a new live action trailer for the game narrated by everyone’s favorite space cowboy Nathon Fillion, who says that the bad guys have blown up everything, including the puppies. “It’s time to bring out the big guns,” he says. “That’s not a metaphor, guys — go grab some big guns!” #forthepuppies
If you’re sitting in your comfy gaming chair right now wondering what you can do to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey, which is continuing to sink cities on the Gulf Coast even still, we have two ideas for you.
The first is quick and easy and will appeal to Destiny fans: Bungie is awarding Destiny 2 goodies to those who donate $14.99 to its foundation, which benefits victims. “Your purchase will benefit Direct Relief in their mission to support the people of Houston, Texas,” says the studio. The rewards include a physical pin and an in-game code for a special emblem.
The second is closer to home: MMO vlogger TheHiveLeader is planning a charity stream event through GlobalGiving — the stream itself begins tonight at 7:30 p.m. EDT.
If you know of others, please drop ’em down in the comments.
Remember back in World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor
, when a shave and a haircut cost you a nickel and a WoW token was selling for about 35,000 gold? Those days are long over, my friend, and it looks like it’s only going to get pricier from here.
Blizzard Watch reports that the cost for a WoW token is on the rise once again, nearly topping 166,000 gold on the North American auction house this week. This is most definitely due to Destiny 2’s PC beta — and it is not the first time that this upcoming Blizzard Activision game has rocked the WoW token economy.
WoW tokens took an expected uptick at the launch of Legion, but they didn’t really start shooting up astronomically until back in February when Blizzard allowed players to redeem them for store currency in addition to World of Warcraft gametime.
isn’t out yet, but you can best be assured that the developers are planning far beyond that for the game’s major updates. Kotaku claims
that it has confirmed word of the multiplayer game’s first DLC, The Curse of Osiris, which is aiming for a December release.
The Curse of Osiris will take players to the planet Mercury, so let’s hope that they have very insulated suits and low expectations for lush scenery. In addition to a patrol zone on the planet itself, the update will allegedly open up a “social space” on the Lighthouse. The name of the DLC refers to an effort to save Osiris from the alien Vex.
The PC open beta for Destiny 2 has been the go-to event of the week, with computer players seeing what the deal is all about for this once console-exclusive franchise. The beta is wrapping up today as Bungie prepares for a September 6th launch on consoles followed by the PC version on October 24th.
The Destiny 2
beta on PC has thus far allowed you to explore things like “shooting” and “further shooting” and “yet more shooting, how are you still shooting.” That’s kind of what the game is all about; you can’t expect the game to just drop you into a nice farm to play soccer. No, you have to wait until tonight at 8 p.m. EDT in order to kick the soccer ball around
, since that’s when the game is briefly opening up its social space for players to explore.
We do mean briefly, by the way; the Farm should be open for players to explore for just around two hours, and the vendors players will later meet and grow accustomed to will not be there. So if you’re really curious to see where you can cool your heels between bouts of the aforementioned shooting, be sure to pop over tonight to check the place out. Or just keep shooting for a while; you might find that more interesting than soccer anyhow. There’s a fair bit to be said about the beta regardless.
I dunno about you guys, but my guildies were up at literally 4 a.m. talking about buying Destiny 2
and leaping into the beta, which I’d say bodes well for the game’s impact on my little circle of the gamerverse.
That’s the PC beta, mind you, which formally launches today, at least for those who’ve purchased a copy ahead of the final October 24th PC launch. Console folks have already been testing since July. Don’t think you’ll be needing fancy gear to make it work on your PC, either; it’s designed to work with keyboard and mouse. You know… like an MMO.
We’ve put together all our Destiny 2 news from the rumors to now and included them all below, accompanied by the official launch trailer and our hands-on with the game from earlier this summer. That should help you get caught up if you, too, were stumbling around the internet trying to get a Destiny 2 fix at 4 a.m. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have a sudden urge to consume Pop-Tarts and huff video game-branded candles. Weird, right?
“Strange men in masks are not to be trusted.” Wise words from the classic film Princess Bride, and advice that we carry with us as we head into Absolver today. If you can rip your eyes away from Destiny 2 for a hot minute, you might see that there’s a pretty interesting multiplayer title launching right now that’s full of potential.
Absolver is an action-RPG in which players take on the role of masked “Prospects” who roam the land and get into fights with a customizable combat system. It’s out right now for both PC and PlayStation 4 and can be grabbed on Steam or GOG.com.
There’s a lot more to come past the Day One excitement. Coming soon to the game are several features including private matches, a spectator option, and a 3v3 combat trial. Get caught up on all of the Absolver news to date after the break!
It’s a shaky go for launch.
As promised, Destiny 2 kicked off the headstart for its PC beta test today, preceding tomorrow’s official start for everyone else. The test will run through Thursday, August 31st, and allow computer players to see how their version of the game stacks up to the console edition, which has been in testing for weeks now.
Not everything is guns ‘n’ roses, however. A couple of dire launch errors have kept players from getting into the game (which is a double shame, since all of today’s eligible crowd has spent money on a pre-order). Error messages with odd names like “saxaphone” or “chive” have been popping up, with Bungie furiously tackling them so that everyone will be able to get in and play.
Looking to take part in the beta fun? Head on over to the official site and enlist for the battle this week!
You know that thing that some inspirational or informative videos do where they throw giant words up on the screen to subtitle every. Single. Thing. That’s. Being. Said? Yeah, well, hope you don’t find that annoying, because it’s the marketing tactic behind a slew of Destiny 2
character profiles that were released in 30-second spots.
Here for your consideration is the wildcard Cayde-6, the sharpshooter Hawthorne, the heroic leader Zavala, the fearless Ikora, and the big bad guy Ghaul. Gee, hope that villain gets some colorful sidekicks so that he’s got someone to riff off of during the downtime. Otherwise he’s on the losing side of the cast factions here.
See ’em after the jump!