If there is a gaming development company with built-in respect from the fanbase, it is Bungie. Bungie is the dev team behind the historic ‘Halo’ franchise and their work with Master Chief has become iconic and almost untouchable. Still, that hasn’t stopped Bungie from absolutely testing the patience of fans playing their new title, ‘Destiny 2’. The original Destiny game was released for consoles almost three years ago. It featured an amazing FPS system that was integrated with an almost RPG-like progression system. While the game certainly had its troubles and a fair share of detractors, fans still got in line for Destiny 2. Now, almost three years later, it seems like fans are at the limits of their patience. The reason? Bungie is bungling the core experience of the game: earning exp.
It was revealed almost a week ago that Bungie was rigging the player XP system. This came to light during the ‘Clarion Call’ event which supposedly gave bonus experience points to people playing the game during the specific time frame. Players were immediately wary of how slow their EXP bars seemed to fill and further analysis by a team of Reddit sleuths revealed that Bungie was, in fact, throttling EXP rates while still convincing players that they were actually earning their experience points. The response was immediate and the backlash was severe, with many fans of the title immediately calling out Bungie for being distrustful and exploiting their time.
Bungie didn’t even deny what they were doing, admitting to throttling the EXP almost immediately. To ‘calm fans down’ Bungie reset the EXP system back to normal before changing how much experience you needed to level up, doubling from 80K EXP to 160K EXP. Needless to say, fans were not especially happy. Still, Bungie is moving forward with their free trial and fans are probably going to keep playing. The free trial launches on November 28th and it remains to be seen how many players will actually be turned off by Bungie’s lack of transparency.
The long-awaited destiny is here for the PC Gamers; it is time for the opal Xur. Just recently, Activision launched Destiny 2 for your desktop. The series had skipped the platform in its first time, but in this time, it is part of the project from the creator of Call of Duty and other huge hits. Destiny 2 is not available on steam; it is on Blizzard’s Battle.
Activision is planning to set up its store for Pc games like EA and Ubisoft. If this idea becomes successful, it could prompt the publisher to ditch Steam and the other online retailers and opt for a storefront which it controls.
Though it seems that it is a bit too late to cut off the Steam’s monopoly as the PC game store, and with publishers setting up their storefronts and it looks like a significant difficulty in competition with Valve’s juggernaut. In fact, there is an indication that some people might see this as an inconvenience since they will have to surf through three or four apps to have their preferred games running.
With the anticipated holidays in the offing, the Valve company’s launched the new digital gift cards to add to those readily available at retailers like BestBuy and Gamestop. This will allow the users to send money to the other’s Steam Wallet. Users can send a digital gift card via PayPal and Bitcoin.
The destiny series has now made that step in to the world of PC gaming. Due to the cheaters associated with the game, the studio is trying to avoid that by blacklisting such players, though some people claim that they were banned from the game for no apparent reason.
These banned players have said that they only used harmless software like the Discord Communications service or the OBS recording software. These are just additional programs that provide a code into games to promote the use of unique features.
Upcoming game Destiny 2, developed by Bungie and published by Activision, will reportedly be able to utilize all of the cores of your PC’s CPU, no matter how many you’ve got.
One of the problems with PC gaming is the lack of the ability to fully utilize all of the cores of your CPU, so those with quad-core or higher CPUs haven’t been getting the full benefit of your powerful PC brain when gaming. Until recent DirectX updates, this was just a fact of life. But now games seem to be taking advantage of the new features and becoming more multi-core capable.
It’s an interesting claim, as the first incarnation of the game was only available on console, and it’s somewhat difficult to imagine they would’ve put all this extra work into developing the PC version to take full advantage of PC hardware, but maybe they did. And maybe such an act will serve to spur PC gamer confidence in the game and increase sales.
From what’s been seen of the PC version so far, it seems to be a solid port. The framerates are unlocked, it runs at ultrawide resolutions and 4K resolution. It seems that they really are putting the effort into it, so hopefully gamer trust won’t be misplaced.
With the new 18-core Core i9 CPU and the new AMD Ryzen line of CPUs boasting insane amounts of cores, a feature like this is ideal for using all those precious cores effectively. It’s also good news for streamers, who often have issues with performance due to their streaming setup and game both hogging precious resources. For the true heavy-hitting PC gamer or streamer, this is exactly the kind of feature they’ve been waiting for.