I’ve still got hype on the brain. We’ve talked about the length of hype cycles and under-hyped MMOs. Now I want to talk about games that have actually suffered from their own hype specifically.
No Man’s Sky and WildStar pop to mind immediately for me as games we cover that were grievously wounded by hype. Both games effectively promised and teased far more features and more interesting features that they actually delivered, causing hype for the game to turn into venom post-launch. And in both cases, the game studios have made considerable effort to turn it around, but the grudges linger.
PUBG strikes me as another game that was heavily hyped last year but quickly succumbed to a prettier, cheaper, more accessible, and more polished game.
And howsabout Destiny 2? A contender, right?
Which online game has suffered the most from its own hype?
1.2.3 patch (yay soothing numbers) drops on Tuesday, and if you’re thinking it may be a good time for re-entry, you’re gonna wanna know what’s in it
. Several things! Quickplay is now 6v6, Rumble is back on the table, and bounties are back – and they won’t be as “gotta do them or else” as they were in their first iteration.
“The bounties returning to Destiny 2 in Update 1.2.3 are a return to most of the properties of bounties in The Taken King. They will be obtained from a variety of vendors, they will generally award XP and faction reputation (though some will offer even better rewards), and can be redeemed “in the field” to immediately claim your rewards. In Forsaken, you may also see some bounties drop in the wild. There are two new mechanics. Bounties will expire if left uncompleted, and acquiring them will cost a small amount of Glimmer. We wanted to avoid the ‘grab every bounty you see until your inventory is packed and sort them out later’ experience without constraining players to the tiny inventory they found in previous iterations of the game.”
Eyes up, Guardians: From July 6th until July 8th, Destiny 2
is free to play on PC through Blizzard’s
Battle.net program. Whether you’re a console player who wants to take the PC version for a spin, a lapsed veteran who wants to see what’s new since you last logged in, or a complete newbie who wants to see if Bungie’s
FPS/RPG hybrid might be up your alley, this weekend is the perfect time to jump in.
For the duration of the free weekend, the entirety of the game is open to any and everyone. That means players can access all content from the base game as well as the Curse of Osiris and Warmind expansions, including the PvE campaign, competitive PvP matches, and everything in between, without any limitations. And if you decide you want to keep playing, you can grab the base game plus the first two expansions for $38.99 US, discounted from $59.99, for a limited time.
May 2018 was good to Fortnite, again, SuperData’s latest global revenue report shows, but its growth rate may be coming to a middle. “Fortnite hits a new high but growth is slowing down,” the research firm says in today’s report. “We estimate that Fortnite made $318 million across all platforms in May, up 7% from April. The majority of growth came from console, with mobile and PC both coming in flat compared to April.”
On the PC side, Dota 2 came out of nowhere to return to the list at #6, bumping World of Warcraft down a tick and Hearthstone off completely. League of Legends continues to rule the roost.
On the console side, Fortnite is still at the top; both Overwatch and Destiny 2 have returned to the top 10 as games like Far Cry 5 and Battlefield have fallen off.
And on mobile, Pokemon Go has resurged, as it always does in summer in the northern hemisphere, as it’s gathered up more players than ever. Fun side note: Remember Netease’s Knives Out, one of its two PUBG clones on mobile? It’s in 5th place globally on mobile, just behind POGO, so PUBG’s lawsuit isn’t so bonkers after all.
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.