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‘Destiny’s “The Taken King” Set To Be A Real Game Changer…Literally
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Bungie Studios knew they were in for the long haul when they came out with Destiny. Now they’re getting ready for the third expansion with “The Taken King” launching exactly one year from the date of the game’s initial release, and it will be quite literally a game changer.

From gameplay, weapons, and even the high-profile voices of characters, Destiny as it was even after the latest expansion in May, will be fundamentally different. Bungie has shown time and time again with this game that they are actively listening to the players and the community. With each update and expansion, they show how willing they are to add or change something based solely on players wants and needs. So in that regard, what Bungie is doing is kind of unique to the gaming industry in this day and age. For instance, one of the biggest notable changes will be the “deletion” of one of its highest profiled voice actors, Peter Dinklage.

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Geek Discussion: Is ‘Destiny’ Still A Thing After Six Months?
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Bungie's Destiny

In the summer of 2014, we got a beta event for Bungie’s Destiny and the excitement for the game was palpable. By September when the game came out, lines of people were clamoring to get their hands on this sci-fi MMO-FPS juggernaut and history was indeed made. Then the reviews started coming as people played through the game and the results were mixed at best. The story was found to be very thin; there were exploits like the “Loot Caves” which made the game ridiculously easy; no one seemed interested in going to Bungie’s site to explore these “Grimoire” cards for lore; and the list goes on and on.

Bungie however has responded as best they can to the community and fans responses. For the past six months, patch after patch has been released trying to dial into just what’s going on and give the developers a chance to “fix” issues. Again, the critics cried foul that the players weren’t given a full-fledged game experience from the start. By the time December rolled around and it was time for the first DLC to go live, fans had already abandoned ship and “The Dark Below,” despite updating and patching some big issues fans were upset about, didn’t seem to do much to improve Destiny’s mediocre ratings.

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‘Destiny’ DLC “The Dark Below” Officially Announced
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Destiny DLC "The Dark Below"

Bungie announced today that the first DLC expansion for their space magnum opus Destiny, titled “The Dark Below,” will roll out on December 9th of this year.

While it’s been well known that the DLC was coming, there are some things about the announcement that are surprising and no doubt will cause even more controversy for a game that has struggled since release with controversy.

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Activision Says ‘Destiny’ Has Already Reached $500 Million In Sales
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Back in May we found out that publisher Activision was sinking a whopping $500 million into Destiny, the ambitious new game from the makers of the Halo franchise, Bungie.

While an insane amount of coin, the number was an estimate of everything that would go into the longterm 10-year plan they are aiming for, which means multiple games and DLC and marketing and all that jazz. Still, there was a big question mark as to whether or not the risk would pay off or if the game would prove to be a big flop.

After it was officially released Tuesday, Activision is saying not only was it a successful launch, but that they’ve already sold that $500 million in sales to retailers.

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E3 2014: New ‘Destiny’ Gameplay Previews and Trailer
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Bungie's Destiny

Halo creator Bungie was of course in attendance at E3 2014 to share more of their ambitious ten-year, $500 million blockbuster hopeful Destiny.

If you’re excited about the game, or even if you’re still undecided on it, there’s a wealth of new footage to check out. Below you’ll find a gameplay experience preview, a new trailer, and an added bonus, a 30-minute look at the game being played to give you strong idea of what to expect if or when you play it yourself.

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Bungie’s ‘Destiny’ To Cost $500 Million; Will It Be Worth It?
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Bungie's Destiny

Video games costing as much as a big budget Hollywood blockbuster is nothing new. Rockstar Games’ Grand Theft Auto V, for example is said to have cost around $265 million overall—the most expensive video game of all time. To put that in perspective, the estimated most expensive movie of all time is Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, which cost around $300 million. After that comes Tangled ($260 million), Spider-Man 3 ($258 million), and the rest of them. Movie budgets don’t usually include marketing cost and other things that would increase these numbers, but you get the idea.

So when it’s reported that a new video game, Destiny, will likely cost around $500 million when it’s all said and done, you understand the significance.

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New 7-Minute ‘Destiny’ Gameplay Demo Has Arrived
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Bungie's Destiny Image

With this year’s E3 on the horizon, excitement for all of the new previews and reveals that will soon be arriving is growing. But as always, there’s plenty of pre-E3 goodness to take in and help build said excitement.

One of the games with a big presence at last year’s E3 convention looking to replicate that showing is Destiny, the new game from Halo creator Bungie.

A new seven-minute gameplay demo for the game has been released, and can be seen below. Oh, and if the voice of the AI assistant later on in the video sounds familiar, it’s because it’s none other than Tyrion Lannister from Game of Thrones, Peter Dinklage (the voice at the beginning is thought to be Fringe‘s Lance Reddick).

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E3 2013: New Trailer & First Gameplay Demo For ‘Halo’ Creator Bungie’s Next Game ‘Destiny’
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Another impressive gameplay demo shown off at E3 was for Destiny, the next endeavor for Halo creators Bungie, which is a first-person shooter that also has multiplayer elements.

The game is set 700 years in the future after the Golden Age—an age of peace, prosperity, technological advancement, and exploration that saw humans spreading out and colonizing various planets in the Solar System—before an apocalyptic event known as the Collapse destroyed almost everything, ended the Golden Age, and left known survivors only on Earth, where a giant sphere known as the Traveler (seen above)—which gave humans the power to expand into space centuries earlier—protects them.

In Destiny you’ll play as a Guardian of the City who must investigate and neutralize hostile alien races who have taken over some of the former colonies humans had established and once occupied, and are on their way to the City, where the surviving human race is now living.

You can check out a new trailer for the game and a co-op gameplay demo below now.

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The Drill Down 266: Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics
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PlayStation-4

This week, the sky falls over Russia, Apple makes their own Pebble, Bungie announces their 1st non-Halo game in over ten years, Google plans to launch stores (and a new netbook to put in them), Sony’s Playstation 4, and Tesla drives the New York Times crazy.

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‘Halo 4’ Begins The Reclaimer Trilogy; New Concept Art Revealed
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Halo 4

At the Penny Arcade Expo, a panel was held for the recently announced Halo 4, which is being developed by 343 Industries, the division established by Microsoft Game Studios to take up the reigns after Bungie concluded their work on the franchise with Halo: Reach.

Halo 4 is still a long, long way off, so 343 wasn’t able to talk a whole lot about the project, but they did have a couple of small things to share with eager fans, as well as some concept art from the early stages of the game’s production.

First of all, the game will begin a brand new trilogy of games, and 343 announced that this new trilogy has been named The Reclaimer Trilogy. And what is a “Reclaimer,” some of you might ask? Well…I haven’t the slightest clue. But the Halo Nation Wiki page does have a description, which you can see below along with the video of the various pieces of concept art shared.

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