Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: Destiny

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

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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

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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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Destiny gets the Google Maps treatment with Destiny Planet View

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Activision has launched Destiny Planet View, a novel fusion of Google’s mapping technologies and tools with Destiny’s environments, lore, and mechanics. Viewers will be able to explore the playable areas of Mars, the Moon, and Venus using Google maps. Each location features navigable screens that not only offer a better view of the battlegrounds but also bits of background info, tips, and videos of the events displayed.

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Battle wages across Venus and Mars in new Destiny videos

A new gameplay trailer, titled Venus, has been released for Destiny. At around a minute and a half, the footage features a trio exploring and battling around the overgrown surface and underground compounds as well as through ruined cities. A similarly themed trailer for Mars has also been posted below, which follows another group making their way around the red planet. And in case you missed it, a multiplayer trailer was released last week.

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Destiny gets new trailer, now GameStop’s most pre-ordered new IP

Bungie has announced that Destiny has broken GameStop’s record for the most pre-orders of a new property. This follows the previous update that over 4.5 million unique players took part in trying out the game during its recent open-beta phase. Coinciding with the news is the release of a new multiplayer trailer, which is also being used to celebrate the commencement of gamescom 2014 in Cologne, Germany.

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Destiny beta breaks records, logs over 4.5 million players

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Activision has released details about the recent beta for Bungie’s upcoming first-person shooter Destiny. The beta period kicked off on July 16 and closed on Sunday, and in the intervening period, the game logged over 4,638,937 unique players. According to Activision Publishing CEO Eric Hirshberg, the program marked “the biggest beta of this console generation by a wide margin and the largest console beta ever for a new video game IP to date.” Bungie COO Pete Parsons added that they “cannot thank the community enough” and that “the response was humbling.”

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Destiny beta dated, Ghost and Limited editions detailed

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Activision has released new details about the upcoming Destiny beta as well as three premium versions. Gamers who pre-order the game will be able to enter the beta at 10:00 a.m. (PDT) on July 17 for the PS3 and PS4 versions and at 10:00 a.m. (PDT) on July 23 for Xbox 360 and One versions. A PSN subscription is required to access some features, and Live Gold is required for all features. Maintenance will take place between beginning on July 21-22 and continue until July 27 across all platforms, at which point the beta will go back online. Three special editions were also announced and have been detailed below: Ghost Edition ($149.99), Limited Edition ($99.99), and Digital Guardian Edition ($89.99). The first two DLC packs, Expansion I and II, have been priced at $19.99 and the season pass at $34.99.

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E3 2014: Activision – Destiny screenshots, trailer released

Activision has released some new screenshots alongside a new trailer for Bungie’s upcoming shooter Destiny. The seven-minute-long video features Bungie co-founder Jason Jones detailing more about what gamers can expect from both single player and multiplayer. Topics covered, and shown in the screenshots, include the campaign, character-customization options, classes, skills, and wheeling and dealing in the hub city. Of particular interest is The Director, which alerts players as to what quests are available and their associated rewards. Gamers itching to give the game a go can take part in an upcoming public beta, set to kick off on July 17.

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E3 2014: Sony – White PS4 Destiny bundle, PS TV, PS Now, more

PlayStation 4 (System) White System Dual Shock 4 Controller

Sony has announced that they will be expanding the PlayStation 4 line with a Destiny bundle that comes with a new Glacier White model. The pack will launch this fall and come with the system, a 30-day membership to PS Plus, and a copy of Destiny for $449. Alongside the model, Sony will also be releasing white peripherals, including a Dual Shock 4 and vertical stand. Several features were also announced, including greater Youtube integration, which will allow users to share, view, and upload videos. Another feature will allow PS3 and PS4 owners to invite PSN friends to join multiplayer sessions in titles they don’t own, with support announced for Far Cry 4.

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Destiny co-op action showcased in The Devils’ Lair gameplay trailer

Gamers eager to check out Destiny can see more of what Bungie has in store with a new seven-minute-long gameplay trailer. The video, titled The Devils’ Lair, features players joining together to clear out a makeshift colony in the midst of a battle between the Fallen and the Hive. It was also announced that GameStop Power Up Rewards members who pre-order before September 9 will receive an upgraded Sparrow vehicle that sports increased boost, speed, and durability.

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