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  • Destiny 2 Gear Won't Have Randomly Assigned Stats

    Destiny 2 gear statsOne of the biggest mechanics in Destiny isn't coming back to Destiny 2 and it has split the community in two.

    In the original Destiny, each weapon drop can have stats randomly assigned to it. With this approach, it means players were encouraged to grind missions over and over again for a chance to get a more powerful version of their favorite weapons.

    However, in Destiny 2, this randomly assigned stats mechanic will be removed.

    This random stat mechanic has been used in similar games for years - it's a system that's been used in Borderlands and Diablo, and it's been something that has fueled the addictive nature of these types of loot-focused games. With the random stats gone in Destiny 2, getting good gear is still rewarding, but once you've got the best weapons in the game, you'll know that there isn't a chance to get even better gear.

    This has the potential to reduce the replayability of Destiny 2, especially if there isn't enough content added to the game. Destiny originally had very little content, but it was the chase for better loot that got players happily replaying the same content over and over.

    There are two major reasons why Bungie has taken this new approach to loot. The first reason is so that those who don't have hours to grind each day still have a chance to get the best weapons. The second reason is for balancing - with every item type now having the same stats, it will be far easier to balance weapons, which is great for the Crucible.

  • Destiny 2 Rewards for Returning Destiny Players Revealed

    destiny 2 rewardsPlayers of the original Destiny won't be getting much when transitioning to Destiny 2, but there are a number of freebies up for grabs to those that did spend time in the first game of the franchise.

    Bungie published a new blog post to explain their plans for veteran Destiny players, starting by saying, "Even before our old friend Cayde revealed that your stuff (but, more importantly, his stuff) would soon fall prey to the Red Legion, we let you know that we were going to honor our veteran players who join us again in Destiny 2. Today, we're going to shine a little light on what you can expect if you count yourself among those ranks."

    Bungie was hesitant to go into too many details - it seems that they've carefully planned out rewards for returning players, but they do not want to spoil the fun. Bungie did, however, mention that there will be a number of ways players will be able to showcase their early support for the Destiny franchise.

    Firstly, Bungie announced a number of emblems that players will be able to use. Each emblem is unlocked for specific reasons. Including playing a Moment of Triumph during Destiny year 1, completing the Taken King in year 2, or achieving over 5,000 grimoire score over the course of Destiny.

    Bungie will also be offering a number of T-shirts for reaching different accomplishments before August 1, 2017.

    Destiny 2 launches on Xbox and PS4 on September 6, 2017, and launches on PC on October 24, 2017.

  • Destiny 2 To Get Clan Support

    destiny 2 clan supportDestiny 2 is finally getting in-game clan support.

    In the original Destiny, players were forced to build clans and organize team events outside of the game. It was far more difficult to get players together, but despite this, massive communities were built around Destiny anyway.

    In Destiny 2, players will no longer need to go through the same struggles. Destiny 2 will introduce in-game clan support to the franchise for the first time. Anybody will be able to set up a clan and invite friends. Once a clan is created, players will get given periodic rewards based upon the entire clan's performance throughout different activities in Destiny 2.

    Each clan will have their own Clan banner, which players will be able to wear with pride.

    Bungie also announced a new feature that will help players without clans. In Destiny, it was very difficult to play the high-level content without a team of friends to do it with, because of the lack of matchmaking for raids. In Destiny 2, clans will be able to search for additional players if they are a player or two short.

    This will give players in clans the opportunity to find additional players when there aren't enough clan members online, and it will also give players without a clan the chance to play with clans that they could then potentially join.

    Destiny 2 is going to launch on September 8, 2017 and will be coming to PC, Xbox One and the PlayStation 4.

  • Destiny MLG is Coming

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    Finally, we have some great news about competitive Destiny.

    After what felt like a lifetime, Activision teamed up with MLG to showcase an MLG event, which was streamed live on the Twitch platform. Because competitive Destiny hadn't been around until now, the MLG event saw 12 of the best PVP players team up and fight against each other. The teams were split as follows:

    Alpha Team:
    Luminosity
    Bodies
    Viole
    SirDimetrious
    TripleWRECK
    SayWallaHBruh

    Bravo Team:
    nKuch
    Lil Sonic
    iFrostBolt
    KJHovey
    TrueVanguard
    RealKraftyy

    After the MLG event, which was shown as a best of five match, Bungie announced that private match functionality will be coming to Destiny. The new private match feature should be live this week and it will allow players to set up competitive PVP leagues, cups and more. The private PVP functionality will also allow friends to gather up together for a bit of fun outside of the typical matchmade PVP servers as well.

    Whether or not Destiny eSports will ever be a thing is hard to judge at this point, but by adding private PVP functionality, Bungie and Activision are certainly taking a step in the right direction. Developers and publishers are putting a lot more focus into providing easy accessibility for competitive play so it makes sense that the same will happen to Bungie too. Besides private match functionality, it'd be great to see Bungie and Activision work together to help support any kind of competitive scene that may start to grow.

    The success of a Destiny eSports scene really will depend on how much internal support Destiny will get at this point.

  • Destiny Multiplayer Changes Coming

    Destiny Multiplayer Changes April

    Recently the Destiny team has planned to host another Twitch livestream to talk about the upcoming April update for their game. The new update planned for release at some point later in the month will feature a number of changes to the Crucible as well as some tweaks to the sandbox elements of the game.

    Apparently the new update will include changes "both large and small." To top everything off, the April update will also include some weapon changes. If you've followed the development of Destiny then you'll know that weapon balance changes have become pretty commonplace.

    Interestingly, Bungie wrote something that sparked a bit of curiosity in us in their even post for the upcoming Twitch livestream. Bungie wrote, "We might even find some ways to prove some new design theories in magical, delicious combat." Sounds intriguing. We're looking forward to finding exactly what Bungie means by this.

    Like previous livestreams, it's likely that it will last for around an hour in the morning or early afternoon in US time. Whilst you'll have to be there at the right time to catch it live, the broadcast will be saved to the Bungie Twitch channel so that you can watch it after it has finished.

    There have already been two different livestream events for the April update so as you can imagine, it's going to be a pretty big one. The first livestream took a focus on the new activities players will be able to take part in whilst the second livestream event focused on the new items and gear that will be available as rewards via PvE and PvP content.

  • Destiny Sequel in 2017?

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    The plans for Bungie's latest child, Destiny, haven't been set in stone for a while. The Destiny community have had no idea what Bungie's plans are for the IP for a long time now and with Bungie's clear focus on monetization and revenue, it has been a little worrying.

    Fortunately some new information has come in to shed light on exactly what Bungie has been planning behind the scenes. In a new public statement from Bungie, it was revealed that a new expansion similar to previous expansions for Destiny will hit later this year, whilst a full sequel to the Destiny game is planned for 2017.

    Bungie's statement mentions, "Prior to the holiday break we mentioned a second, larger update slated for Spring. That content release will feature a significant Light increase, a bunch of new gear to earn and equip, and new challenges for PvE players seeking some more fun experiences and replayability. Beyond that, the team is focused on delivering a large expansion later this year, and a full Destiny sequel in 2017."

    Obviously a full Destiny sequel is still some way off so there isn't too much to discuss there. As for the expansion. we wouldn't expect something the size of The Taken King again this year, but perhaps we'll receive an update that's still much bigger than the first two DLC releases.

    For now we'll have to be patient and hope Bungie reveals some information about their upcoming content soon.

  • Destiny Sequel May Not Be Bungie's Priority

    destiny 2016 sequel

    Before Destiny was released, Bungie mentioned that they plan to have a 2 year release cycle for Destiny - this would mean that new Destiny games would hit the market every two years for at least 10 years to come. As the plans at Bungie have evolved, their monetization plans have changed too. Now, over a year after the launch of the original Destiny, Bungie's plans on a sequel have been voiced to the public.

    Instead of working on a new sequel to push out in 2016, Destiny will now be launching new content updates throughout the entirety of the year - this could include smaller content updates like the upcoming Valentine's content in February, to much larger expansions that could be as large as The Taken King. It seems as if Bungie aren't even entirely sure of their own plans themselves but as the year progresses, there will definitely be a lot in store for the Destiny community.

    Players should expect to see a mixture of free content, DLC content and microtransaction cosmetic items throughout 2016.

    Community manager David Dague left a few words about Destiny's 2016 roadmap. "Very soon, we'll have more to share about a second, larger game update that will arrive sometime after February."

    "There are more stories about 2016 that remain to be told, and you'll learn more as soon as I get my own anxious hands on the full and final details. Same goes for the rest of the February update. Until it's ready to be scrutinized under the spotlight, it's all a work in progress. I'm eager to show you what the team is working on. They're eager to do that as well. As soon as we get the greenlight, we'll roll it out. In the meantime, Crimson Days is fast approaching."

  • Destiny Players Getting Free New Years Items

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    Happy New Years folks! To celebrate the new year, Bungie has picked out a bunch of gifts to hand out to all active Destiny players. On January 7, all Destiny players will receive 15 strange coins and 15 motes of light. These forms of currency can be used to purchase items from the travelling trader Xur.

    To access your New Year gift, just head to the postmaster in the Tower after January 7 and you will be able to pick up the 15 strange coins and 15 motes of light.

    On top of the free currency, Bungie are offering an extra reward for any players who stay active during the new year. If you log into Destiny on either January 7, January 8, January 9 or January 10 you will be rewarded with a unique exclusive emblem. It's important that you complete a playable activity if you log in to collect the emblem. This could simply be a quick Crucible match, a Raid or any other activity that ends with a loot screen.

    If you participate in the New Year emblem challenge then you will be able to use the emblem after January 12. On the 12th of January the emblem should arrive at the postmaster if you make sure to complete a playable activity during the days mentioned above.

    Besides the emblem and the free currency, Bungie doesn't have any other gifts to offer for the New Year but there is bound to be a lot of content in the works for 2016.

  • Destiny Sparrow Racing League Has Finished

    Destiny Sparrow Racing League

    Destiny's Sparrow Racing League has now ended and players can no longer play this particular game mode. For those unaware, Sparrow Racing League was a unique PVP mode added to Destiny that allowed players to race each other in Sparrows. This is the first time Bungie has added a PVP game mode that has a main focus besides shooting.

    Now that Sparrow Racing League has come to a close, Bungie will be replacing it with The Iron Banner for a short while before introducing another timed PVP game mode. The Iron Banner has already been in Destiny two times since the release of The Taken King and this is now the third time.

    The Iron Banner features basic PVP combat just like the standard Crucible game mode but there are some standout features that make it very different. Unlike the standard Crucible mode, the Iron Banner has level advantages enabled, which means that weapons with higher attack ratings do more damage. In the Crucible, all gear is leveled out to make an equal playing field.

    If you have a higher light level in The Iron Banner you'll have a much better chance at taking down players with lower light levels than you.

    In the past, The Iron Banner game mode has been available for a week before being taken offline again so it is likely that once again the newly added game mode will be available for a week before being replaced with something else.

  • Dying Light Getting Free DLC

    Dying Light Free DLC

    Earlier this year Techland created a spoof advertising poster for a glass of water, in retaliation to Destiny's Red Bull campaign that featured a similar poster. Since then, the fun poking has quieted down at Techland but it looks like the Dying Light developers had a little bit more up their sleeve this whole time.

    Techland are gearing up to release a three part DLC campaign that fortunately will be available to Dying Light players free of charge. All of the DLC parts will be based around water in some way or another. The first DLC part is called the Fountain of Youth and features a quest in Old Town. The second DLC part is Water 2.0, which is a blueprint for a throwable weapon that can increase the output of electric attacks. The final DLC part includes a number of water themed parkour challenges.

    The DLC content that has just been announced will be available by February 9, which is the same date that Dying Light: The Following - Enhanced Edition releases. Players who purchase the enhanced edition will receive the extra DLC on the disk, whilst owners of the base game will be able to download it for free via an update.

    Whilst the upcoming H20 themed DLC will be free, Techland does have plans to release a very large scale update for Dying Light in the future and this will cost more than previous DLC additions because of the size of it.

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