If you’re looking forward to seeing more Destiny 2 content this year, you’ll be pleased to learn that during Activision Blizzard’s latest investor’s call, they confirmed that Destiny 2 will be getting a “major expansion” later this year, although they…More...
When it comes to skills for Alexa, there are so many out there for all sorts of things, whether you want something mundane like the weather, the news, traffic updates, or calling you a cab, an Uber, or even ordering you food. This is largely thanks to the openness of Alexa which allows third-party developers to create skills for it.
This is also why it doesn’t come as a surprise to learn that Activision has its own set of Alexa skills as well for Bungie’s Destiny 2. Announced on Amazon’s website, this comes in the form of the Official Destiny 2 Ghost skill for Alexa. This will be voiced by actor Nolan North and will feature over 1,000 custom lines. It will help friends join clans, find friends, track clan achievements and progress, learn more about the characters in the game, manage your character’s inventory, and so on.
In fact as you can see in the photo above, Activision has also decided to launch a Limited Edition Destiny 2 Ghost speaker. This is a WiFi-enabled speaker which means that if you really want to get in the Destiny 2 spirit, get your hands on this and combine it with the Ghost skill and you’re good to go.
However it will be a limited edition device and is priced at $90 and is available for pre-order via Amazon’s website. It is expected to begin shipping on the 19th of December.More...
These days there seems to be a bit of debate as to whether or not gamers should pre-order games. There are some who argue that this allows developers to get away with buggy releases, versus developers having to make sure that they’ve got a good solid game that will attract customers.
That’s where free trials come in, where gamers get to try before they buy. Now last week it was rumored that Destiny 2 could be getting a free trial mode, and sure enough it looks like the speculations have come true. Starting from the 28th of November, players who are interested in trying out Destiny 2 before dropping cash on the game will be able to do so for free.
The free trial will include two of the game’s destinations: the European Dead Zone mon Earth and the moon Titan. Players will also be able to visit the Farm social space, and also gain access to campaign missions and adventures. There will of course be limitations imposed, such as only being able to hit a level cap of 7, but naturally this progress won’t be wasted as players can carry it forwards once they purchase the game in full.
The trial will be available to gamers on the Xbox One, PS4, and Windows via Battle.net, so do keep an eye out for it if Destiny 2 is a game you’ve been eyeing.
Bungie has confirmed that it’s changing the way Destiny 2 dishes out experience points. There was outrage in the community recently after many had come to the conclusion that the Destiny 2 XP system was rigged. Many players had been raising questions about it over the past days and Bungie has finally confirmed that it’s going to address their concerns by changing the XP system.
Experience points or XP are what players need to level up after they start a new character in Destiny 2. Their level improves as they get more XP and that unlocks new abilities.
Once the soft level cap of 20 was hit, players still got XP but it didn’t level them up. The points filled the experience bar and gave them a Bright Engram, that’s what loot boxes are called in Destiny 2.
These loot boxes have different items like ships, ornaments, emotes, and more. Players can also purchase Bright Engrams by spending real money in the Eververse microtransaction store.
Many players noticed during Destiny 2’s first Clarion Call event that the longer they played, the slower they were progressing. Even if they earned 5,000 XP for the same activities over and over again, the bar would fill up slower each consecutive time.
Reddit user EnergiserX posted a detailed analysis which revealed that Destiny 2 was throttling XP progress invisibly even while it told players that they were earning XP as usual.
Bungie essentially agreed in its blogpost that the findings are correct. “Currently, XP will scale up when playing longer or fixed duration activities like Crucible competitive multiplayer matches and the Leviathan Raid, and XP will scale down when playing activities that can be quickly, repeatedly chained, like grinding Public Events. We are not happy with the results, and we’ve heard the same from the community,” it explained.
Bungie has said that it has immediately deactivated this system and will communicate any additional updates to the system in the future.More...
These days developers and publishers love to encourage gamers to pre-order games before they are released, sometimes tempting gamers with bonus in-game content as an incentive. However some gamers might prefer waiting for the game to be released before buying, like waiting to check out reviews and so on.
Now if you’re the type that likes to try before they buy, you might be interested to learn that a free trial feature could be coming to Destiny 2 soon. It has been noted that a new emblem added to the game called the Mentor of Light, which in turn has led to speculation that a free trial feature could be coming to the game.
With the original Destiny, Bungie did introduce a free trial where players could unlock a limited amount of content before deciding if they wanted to buy the game, so it wouldn’t really be a stretch to think that such a feature could find its way to Destiny 2 in the future as well. Based on the emblem, it has been hinted that the free trial for Destiny 2 could function similarly, where players can access some story missions and some Crucible modes, and where players who help trial players can earn the Mentor of Light emblem.
There is no word on when this feature will be officially announced, but we’ll keep an eye out for it.
While the PS4 and Xbox One were powerful in their own right, given that these days we’re starting to see our media content moving towards 4K, it makes sense that gaming will also make that jump as well. This is why Sony and Microsoft have since launched the PS4 Pro and Xbox One X respectively.
So what about existing games that weren’t necessarily designed for these consoles in mind? While we can’t speak for all developers and all games, the good news is that Bungie has announced that Destiny 2 will be set to get its PS4 Pro and Xbox One X enhancements in an update to the game in December.
According to Bungie’s announcement, “On December 5, along with the launch of Curse of Osiris and Season Two, we’ll be deploying an update to Destiny 2 that will deliver stunning gameplay with high dynamic range (HDR) lighting to these new consoles. You’ll also see adaptive 4K resolution on the PlayStation 4 Pro and 4K on the Xbox One X.”
The developer doesn’t dive into any technical details as to what we can expect in terms of an enhancement, but given that the PS4 Pro and Xbox One X does support higher resolutions and are more powerful, we suppose at the very least we’ll be seeing some graphical improvements, so Destiny 2 players who own either console, this is an update you’ll want to keep an eye out for.