Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: Bungie

Destiny Expansion I: The Dark Below Prologue trailer reveals Crota

Bungie has released a new trailer for their upcoming Destiny expansion, The Dark Below. The CG-only video runs just short of a minute and a half and gives players a glimpse of Crota, a Hive god that must be defeated before he can launch an invasion of Earth.

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Halo: The Master Chief Collection now in stores, online for Xbox One

Halo The Master Chief Collection (Xbox One) Launch Announcement - Screenshot 1

Halo: The Master Chief Collection is now available for Xbox One. The launch initially kicked off with over 4,000 midnight release events and additional livestreamed festivities, but those who decided to stay in can now grab a copy. The set includes Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary Edition, an updated Halo 2 with cutscenes by Blur Studios, Halo 3, Halo 4, access to the Halo 5: Guardians multiplayer beta, and the live-action series Halo: Nightfall from Ridley Scott. So pretty much everything but ODST and Wars. Pictures from the livestreamed launch event HaloFest were also released, and those who missed it can watch it on demand through the official site.

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Xbox One News

Destiny Expansion I: The Dark Below launching December 9

Destiny (360, PC, PS3) Expansion I The Dark Below Release Date Announcement - Header

Activision has announced that Bungie will be rolling out its first expansion pack for Destiny, The Dark Below, on December 9. The pack’s full contents are listed below, but gamers can expect to find new weapons and gear, a level cap bump up to 32, three versus arenas, and new co-op strike missions, raids, and story quests. PlayStation gamers will also receive a timed exclusive strike mission, The Undying Mind.

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Halo: The Master Chief Collection launch events announced, HaloFest

Microsoft has detailed HaloFest, a series of events being hosted by 343 Industries in celebration of the impending release of Halo: The Master Chief Collection. The studio plans on hosting broadcasts of interviews, new gameplay footage from the campaign, and sneak peeks of both the multiplayer beta as well as the first episode of Halo: Nightfall. The bulk of the festivities will take place on November 10 at the Avalon Theatre in Los Angeles, but a tournament will kick things off on November 8-9 and all events will be viewable via streams on Twitch, Xbox.com, and Xbox Live. The schedule is available below, and event details can be found on the official Facebook page. To get fans ready, 343 has released a new trailer debuting the live-action series Halo: Nightfall.

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Xbox One News

Bungie’s Destiny breaks sales records during launch month

Destiny (360, PC, PS3, PS4) Content Update Announcement - Screenshot 2

Activision has released new sales data for Bungie’s latest shooter, Destiny. Going by NPD and Activision’s internal estimates, Destiny holds the title of being gaming’s biggest launch of a new franchise. Additionally, it is also the only new gaming franchise in the top 30 all-time based on US retail sales during launch month, and its launch month retail sales put it in the top 10 largest of all time in the US. Activision Publishing’s CEO Eric Hirshberg also noted that gamers are still playing Destiny for an average of three hours a day.

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Halo: The Master Chief Collection goes goooold, plus pre-load info

Halo The MAster Chief Collection (Xbox One) Gold and Preorder Announcement - Screenshot 1

343 Industries has announced that Halo: The Master Chief Collection has gone gold. The Xbox One set will also be receiving a wider release with most territories now scheduled to get the game on the earlier release date, November 11. The countries not included in the bump are Belgium (November 12), Japan (November 13), and France (November 14). The game will also go live for pre-order and pre-download later today, which will allow gamers to pre-load the game to have it ready to play the second it goes live. Those going the digital route should take advantage of that option, as there will be a lot to download: 45 GB for the game and another 20 GB for a launch content patch, which will include “some features and multiplayer content.” The campaign will be playable as content is installing.

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(Xbox One Review) Destiny

(Xbox One Review) Destiny

“… isn’t the ground-breaking fusion of single-player and massively multiplayer combat that many anticipated, but it remains a very enjoyable game.”

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(Xbox 360 Review) Destiny

(Xbox 360 Review) Destiny

“… isn’t the ground-breaking fusion of single-player and massively multiplayer combat that many anticipated, but it remains a very enjoyable game.”

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Xbox 360 Reviews

Destiny gets The Vault of Glass raid, more content coming next week

Destiny (360, PC, PS3, PS4) Content Update Announcement - Screenshot 3

Bungie has introduced Destiny’s first raid, The Vault of Glass. The six-player end-game event adds a new location to the game for players level 26 and above. Combined Arms, a new versus multiplayer playlist, is going to follow up the raid later this week, setting teams against one another in two modes on vehicle maps. Next week will also mark the debut of the game’s first timed event, Queen’s Wrath. Players will be able to take on new Bounties, unlock mission modes, and acquire some Legendary and Rare rewards. Queen’s Wrath will run from September 23 to October 6.

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Bungie issues deployment orders, Destiny to go on sale at midnight

Destiny (360, PS3, PS4, Xbox One) Destiny Planet View Announcement - Screenshot 3

After a massively successful pre-order program and beta run-up, Bungie’s eagerly awaited first-person shooter Destiny nears its global midnight launch. Their first title since leaving behind the Halo franchise with 343 Industries, Destiny features a single-player storyline intertwined with multiplayer instance combat, similar to Guild Wars 2 for PC, and an integrated versus mode. Players are able to create a character, customize their gear, and earn loot during their outings. In addition to the game, the Expansion Pass has also launched. The $34.99 pass includes access to two planned packs that will include new missions, co-op activities, multiplayer arenas, weapons, and gear. Each pack runs $19.99 if purchased separately, and the first is slated to go live in December.

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