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So it's summer, and we're busy. Or maybe we're hanging out at the beach. Or just in the back yard, with margaritas. Or whatever. The point is, we're getting less reported than maybe we should. So let's summarize a few of the cool things that have happened over the past week:
Bungie's Luke Smith raided with TheMavShow as part of a charity event for StackUp.org, and agreed to tell fun stories about the development of the Vault of Glass Raid for each $100 donated. There's a Twitch archive of the full 2.5+ hour event, but if you're just in it for the stories, Datto did a nice job of splicing together many (most?) of the stories.
The Playstation Blog detailed the Playstation exclusives coming with Rise of Iron - a new map, a new quest, and a new ship. Go read about all of it! Those of us who play on Xbox One will see this stuff in a year. Thanks to CyberKN for the heads-up.
Yesterday, a new update launched, which marked the end simultaneous progress on different generations of the same platform. Your character on the Xbox 360 is no longer linked to your character on the Xbox One, and your character on the PS3 is no longer linked to the PS4. Full details can be found at Bungie.net, or in our Patch Note Archive.
Yesterday, Bungie revealed a boatload of information about Rise of Iron in a Livestream from Gamescom. The big reveal was the existence of Private Matchmaking (more details at Bungie.net, natch), but it's an hour-long stream, and full of all sorts of goodies. You can watch an embedded archive below, or visit our forum for conversation with fans.
At the same time as the Livestream, Bungie released their latest ViDoc - this one is called 'Forged In Fire', and can be viewed on YouTube. (We've added it to our official video archive, as well.) There's quite a bit of discussion about this, too - very spirited! Many fans are unhappy at the reveal of information about the upcoming raid in Rise of Iron - while there are no MAJOR spoilers in the ViDoc, if you're intent on going into the raid completely blind, you should probably skip this one for the time being.
Last, but DEFINITELY not least, longtime fan TDSpiral stopped in with some new fanart - he's tried to visualize The Last Great Ahamkara, and whether or not he's created something that Bungie would agree belongs in their universe, it's fantastic. A tiny teaser has been included below, but visit his Artstation page to see the full image, plus some behind-the-scenes stuff. I love this!
Okay - I feel like I've gotten SOME of the important stuff off our collective plate. I need to wrap this up - there's a margarita with my name on it just a few short steps away.
Bungie snuck up behind us and tapped us on the shoulder today. When we turned around, a lovely new game mode and way to play Destiny was in front of us! Sparrow Racing League will be available for Taken King buyers starting Dec. 8th and will be available for three weeks. Watch the ViDoc (Woo! ViDocs!) below and get excited!
It's been an eventful year for DBO, from the exciting ramp up to the launch, with DBO TV, podcasts, conventions and conferences, and good ol' rampant speculation - to the actual release of the game this site is dedicated to!
Whether you've been delving into chests under Martian sands or Titan-smashing enemy teams into crumbling particles, we hope you've had a good one. And if it was so-so or crappy, well, there's another year right around the corner to start fresh!
New Zealand news site 3 News interviewed Chris Butcher recently. It's a very interesting read with some information about technical aspects of the game as well as design decisions and even what they plan to do with Destiny in the future.
Originally sighted on Twitter, it looks like Newsweek will be putting out an "official collector's edition" magazine focused on Destiny. If it's not already at your local grocery/book store, it should be there tomorrow, August 19th (in the US, at least).
Well, it looks like we, as a team, are falling down on the job these days; there's been quite a bit of Destiny news released since Monday, but nobody's found time to keep our front-page readers informed. For this, I apologize. Let's see if we can quickly bullet-point the stuff that's been mentioned...
Yesterday had a lot of info for Destiny fans - if you didn't have time to follow along as we posted links, swing by DestinyAuthor's recap - he rounded up all the hands-on impressions he could find, and pulled out important tidbits. Could be helpful!
A quick roundup of other info drops from around the web:
reddit user FutureWarCult has collected screenshots from all the articles - you can scroll through them here. Lots of comments, as well. In the same vein, INSANEdrive found a native Russian speaker to translate some of the visible text in the shots.
The Guardian posted their review of the time they spent in Bellevue recently - it's full of fun tidbits. (Lots of them have been seen in other reviews - but some are unique.) It's pretty hefty, overall.
Gamespot put up a piece discussing the lack of a PC option for Destiny (at least at launch), and the reasons behind this decision. Sort of nice to see an honest discussion of what ISN'T happening - usually, those are made impossible by marketing realities.
The Know (a gaming info channel from Rooster Teeth) has some of the choice bits about how characters and classes work, as the start of their week-long coverage of Destiny.
For the most part, these links came from Xenos. One of these days, he'll fire me. Until then, I'll keep telling you what he finds.
I'm not really sure what this is all about... maybe you can figure it out.
Greenskull posted a Destiny news video that covers the recent live action trailer as well as the latest mailsack. He also takes a moment to talk about Destiny on Xbox One. Check it out! (Thanks to Chewbaccawakka for letting us know.)
Destiny News is the center of this week's Community Focus at Bungie.net - go check out what Tim (aka Sam Hawks) has to say about why he started up a Destiny news site, and what he hopes to see in the near future! (And definitely check out the site, if you haven't. Lots of good stuff there.)
This Saturday has passed with no new Destiny news. (We could post summaries of the x360Magazine interview, as a number of other sites are doing - but we told you about that a couple of days ago, and we trust you to read it and intuit its importance for yourself.) There are still a couple of art galleries in the works - it's just a matter of finding the time to sit down and finish the code. Soon!™ Enjoy your weekend.
Greenskull let us know that he is starting up a Destiny news show on Ready Up Live's Youtube channel. He released the very first episode today and gives the breakdown on all the recent Destiny news. Go watch!
This time around, we've got folks talking about Destiny's future on the PC:
We've got general-interest stories from non-gaming outlets:
And of course, a bunch more gaming or gaming-related sites (or repeats from sites yesterday):
There are a lot of people talking about Destiny - and there are still tidbits I heard at the press event on Wednesday that haven't made it out to the public yet! Amazing.
The Destiny media embargo has lifted and a slew of websites released articles and videos detailing the recent press event held at Bungie's Bellevue headquarters. Go check out what everyone is saying!