may be fudging
, but it still sold a truckton of copies.
That’s according to Superdata, whose most recent revenue report shows Bungie’s new baby holding the #4 spot for PC and #3 spot for console in terms of global revenue for the month of October. “High attach rates for deluxe editions drove the average selling price up,” says the analysis firm, while digital games’ growth across the board “was underpinned by a 28% jump in premium PC thanks to Destiny 2’s successful BattleNet launch, and the continued blockbuster hit of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds.”
Indeed, PUBG blew past D2 on PC to claim the #2 spot, right behind League of Legends. The real competitor for PUBG, however, is Epic’s Fortnite, which startled the PvE playerbase it had cultivated with a quality battle royale mode earlier this fall.
“While Fortnite has seen a higher out-of-the-gate active user base thanks to its F2P status, the game’s long-term success vs. its major and earlier-released rival is uncertain,” writes SuperData.”
While stopping short of an actual apology in this week’s Destiny 2 state of the game post, Bungie acknowledged that players have been greatly dissatisfied over the recent event and subsequent stealth XP changes.
“Last weekend, we disabled a scaling mechanism that adjusted XP gains up and down without reflecting those adjustments in the UI,” the studio said. “Our intention was to keep slower-paced activities as rewarding as high intensity grinding without confusing variations in displayed XP values, but the silent nature of the mechanic betrayed the expectation of transparency that you have for Destiny 2.”
The theme of more transparency and communication from the development team ran through the remainder of the post, which also focused on some of the upcoming improvements to the online shooter. These include a new weapons tier, improved vendor rewards, armor ornaments, better rewards for group events, Crucible private matches, making shards useful, and giving players more options to obtain the rewards they desire.
One thing you can say for the MMO industry: It never ceases to surprise all of us. No matter what predictions we may make at the beginning of a year, by December we will all be proven fools who lack vision and foresight.
Although 2017 isn’t quite over yet, we here at Massively Overpowered wanted to count down the biggest news stories that crossed over into our neck of the woods so far this year. We witnessed controversies and delights, shockers and sadness. We saw launches and shutdowns, expansions and bugs.
So before we move into 2018, let’s take a look at the year that was and remember the biggest stories that dominated headlines.
So, let’s recap the Destiny 2
saga. First, there was a leveling scaling problem wherein players discovered that the game was now slowing leveling speed while claiming that it was working normally
. “Whoops,” said the development team, “let’s fix that by also doubling the experience needed for each level
.” Superb! So it is perhaps a good thing that the third scheduled Curse of Osiris livestream was canceled
, replaced with a promise of addressing these points of community outrage and other issues with the game’s endgame mechanics and so forth.
Seriously, you should have stuck with the loot caves, guys.
Given all of this information about how everything is nice and peachy over in Destiny 2 land (which is technically just Earth), don’t you want to give the game a chance to suck you in? Perhaps you still do because lots of people are still having fun with it! And you can jump in on the new free trial and see if you’ll have fun with it as well. Just, you know, mind the warning signs. They’re there to warn you.
Remember how Bungie bungled Destiny 2’s XP scaling event and had to disable the whole thing after players found that the game was throttling the experience that characters were receiving? Well, part of this “fix” apparently included doubling the amount of XP required to reach the next level.
After another player investigation into this stealth change, Bungie confirmed that the new requirement was the case and that the game hadn’t been updated to accurately reflect that on the UI. So now it takes 160K to attain a new level, up from 80K previously. Woohoo.
On the plus side, Game Director Luke Smith told fans that they should expect to hear more details about the December update this week: “It includes: economy updates (vendors and acquiring their gear, tokens, legendary shards), investment updates (new reward systems for weapons and armor), gameplay updates, and more.”
Internet speeds aren’t the only things that are in danger of being throttled, as Destiny 2 players learned this past week. Apparently Bungie was stiffing players of experience points during a recent event while lying to the community by portraying the gain as normal.
The community had felt that something was amiss during the Clarion Call event, and the dedicated work of one Reddit poster confirmed that players’ XP was being throttled over time by the system even as the game showed the opposite. And in case you think that this is the work of some conspiracy theorists, Bungie ended up admitting that this was the case with its XP scaling system and vowing to change it in the future.
“After reviewing our data, we agree that the system is not performing the way we’d like it to,” Bungie said. “Effective immediately, we are deactivating this system. As a result, players will see XP earn rates change for all activities across the board, but with all values being displayed consistently in the user interface. Over the course of the next week, we will be watching and reviewing XP game data to ensure that these changes meet our expectations, as well as yours.”
Step aside, turkey and fambly rage: It’s time to buy stuff. Because we don’t already unload our wallets the rest of the year on MMOs! Oh wait, yes we do. In any case, here’s a quick roundup of all the best MMO Black Friday 2017 sales on Steam and elsewhere.
Some MMO studios waste entire Fridays streaming about their upcoming patches, but not Bungie
: Bungie’s wasting two
whole days on Destiny 2’s
Curse of Osiris. Only they’re not Friday. They’re Tuesday. Which means if you missed last week’s
, you can grab this week’s right now. And even if you don’t care to watch live, there’s a new trailer in it for you because again Bungie has literally put out a trailer for its stream – it’s weird, right? But not unwelcome?
“In this livestream, the Bungie team will debut the activities awaiting you on Mercury including traveling into the Infinite Forest, a brand-new Public Event, and more.”
The stream begins at 2 p.m. EST as this post goes live; we’ve tucked it and the trailer down below.
I do think that we, as a culture, have become disturbingly obsessed with selfies, but I will always make an exception for anyone who finds himself standing in front of an enormous gas giant.
“I wanted to share my screenshot for One Shots for the first time,” sent in Stormheim. “The screenshot is from Destiny 2. I don’t still have cool stuff and gear, but its kinda awesome to take a selfie with Jupiter behind you.”
If nothing else, Jupiter has the effect of making the subject look thin and light in comparison. Kind of like standing next to Jabba the Hutt or a YouTube content creator’s ego.
Destiny 2 who? Overwatch is aiming to lure in as many of Blizzard’s players as possible with another free weekend. The best part? It’s already here, complete with the newest character Moira, so if you’ve never purchased the team shooter, you can download it from the Blizzard launcher and give it a try right now.
The free weekend is running through the 20th and is available to players on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. It isn’t a limited experience, either; the studio is allowing everyone to play any of the 26 heroes across all maps and game modes.
Of course, Blizzard hopes to make a few sales from this weekend, which is why it said that any progress made during the event can be carried over if a player decides to purchase the game.
Are you tired of MMOs providing you with bland and predictable finite
forests? Thank goodness that Destiny 2
is here to show other MMOs how it’s done with the infinite
forest coming along with the Curse of Osiris
DLC. Sure, it’s a virtual simulation, but that only matters to the people in the world.
All of this is tied to the lair of the eponymous Osiris, of course; the Vex are trying to use the Infinite Forest to find something, and Osiris is hoping that the PCs will help him stop that effort. There’s also more of Mercury to explore, which winds up being a desert wasteland in sharp contrast to the aforementioned infinite forest.
The DLC is also adding in a new raid lair, which is a different way of extending raids than the original game; rather than a whole new raid, this adds new parts on to the existing raid. You can check some of it out in the video clip down below, if you’re not content to simply dream of a forest that’s just… forever.
When you’ve got a club full of penguins overseen by the Mouse House itself, you know things are going to get both wacky and weird! Club Penguin may not be everyone’s go-to MMO for music, but its wide array of simplified genres certainly give the Battle Bards a lot to discuss on this week’s show.
Battle Bards is a bi-weekly podcast that alternates between examining a single MMO’s soundtrack and exploring music tracks revolving around a theme. MOP’s Justin co-hosts with bloggers Steff and Syl. The cast is available on iTunes, Google Play, TuneIn, Pocket Casts, Stitcher, and Player.FM.
Listen to Episode 109: Club Penguin (or download it) now:
MMO studio streams are so common that we seldom report on them until after the fact and then only if they’ve actually revealed something newsworthy. We’ll make an exception for Destiny 2
, however, as Bungie’s prefacing its Curse of Osiris
stream with an “official tune-in trailer” today. Call it the carrot-on-a-stick.
“Join Bungie for an introduction to Osiris, the most notorious Guardian in history. Learn about the mysteries, explorations, and battles that await you in ‘Curse of Osiris,’ the first expansion to Destiny 2.”
The first stream begins at 2 p.m. EST Wednesday, which is not coincidentally just 30 minutes after this post goes live. Watch it down below!