One of the biggest stories this week was the gameplay premiere and reveal for Destiny 2. This hour long livestreamed event gave us a lot more information about what’s new in Destiny 2, showed off some awesome gameplay, and piqued the interest of fans and newcomers alike. I mention newcomers in particular because in addition to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, Destiny 2 is going to be available on PC, which broadens the potential audience for the game by quite a lot. In an unusual turn of events, however, Destiny 2 will not be available on Steam. Instead, it’s going to be exclusive to Blizzard’s Battle.net service.
Key improvements talked about in the presentation include a more immersive world, rich with lore and new ways to explore, meant to draw you in. For PvP players, Crucible has been reworked to now be 4v4. And for players interested in teaming up to take on raid content and the like, they say that you will always be able to find others to play with quickly and easily. This is made possible through a system they’re calling “Guided Games”. With this system, clans (which are now supported in-game through a variety of features), will be able to pair up with solo players so that everyone can access even the most difficult content in the game. This means that if you’re a solo player, you can browse clans that are currently hosting and join them for a raid, for example. Or if you’re on the clan side of things and you’re missing one of your people, you can add a solo player to your group.
We also get to see part of the first mission in the game, titled Homecoming. I highly recommend that you go watch the recording of the livestream, but in short, the footage looks incredible. It looks cinematic, intense, awe-inspiring even. I will be counting the days until Destiny 2 releases on September 8, 2017. Before that though, they’ve promised a beta for this summer, so we should have an opportunity to check the game out before the official release.
Public Beta for GWENT: The Witcher Card Game (and a Witcher Netflix series?)
Witcher fans rejoice, a public beta has been announced for GWENT: The Witcher Card Game. For those unfamiliar, Gwent was a card game that was found in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. The addicting collectible card game tests your ability to strategize, determine when to attack, and when to yield, by placing different soldiers into different places on the battlefield. Gwent has been made into its own standalone game, and a public beta is starting on May 24, 2017 on PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. To be notified when the public beta goes live, head over to the GWENT website.
In other Witcher related news, Netflix has announced that they will be working with a Polish company called Platige Image to create a TV series based on The Witcher saga. Details are scarce at this point, but we’ll have to keep an eye out for this one.
Black Desert Online Steam Launch and New Class: The Striker
On May 24, Black Desert Online is coming to Steam. To celebrate, the game is also getting a new class called the Striker. Taken from a recent press release from Kakao Games:
“The Striker uses his Gauntlet as a main weapon and has the Vambrace as a secondary weapon. This fast, agile class plays unlike any of the existing classes and is perfect for players who are looking for a challenging, fresh way to enjoy Black Desert Online.
Players who have maxed out their character slots will be happy to know that an additional slot will be available for just one loyalty in the Loyalty Shop.”
The Striker appears to be a sort of martial artist brawler type of character, relying heavily upon combinations of devastating punches, flying kicks, and grapples. There’s a real sense of power, of weight, in the movements of the Striker. But don’t take my word for it, check out the Striker trailer and see for yourself.
New Open World Trailer for Middle-earth: Shadow of War
The highly anticipated follow up to Shadow of Mordor looks to impress with a new trailer that shows off some of the locations available in the game. While we don’t get a whole lot of new information, we do see some familiar places, and we do get a little bit more of the combat, and a sense of the scale that the game is hoping to achieve.
Shadow of War is set to release on August 22, 2017 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.