All posts by John Pinnick

I am a father, a husband and a spartan. I started out gaming as a blue hedgehog, then I traded in my racing shoes for a gender-neutral space suit. From there it was a blur, I lived through fantasies that were not so final, landed on universe ending rings, and more recently I have defended Azeroth from Orcs. Lots. Of. Orcs. Oh, also, whose foot prints are these?

Praise the sun all over again – Dark Souls Remastered to launch in May 2018

I was tempted to just post the announcement trailer, then a video of me running around my house Praising the Sun. Alas, I imagine that the gods of TiX wouldn’t be too amused by that!

Update: It seems that the much-loved site Fextralife, has been working with FromSoft on bug fixes and more. One bit of new information to come from this is that the Remaster will run on the Dark Souls 3 engine. Exciting news, I’d say!

So, here we are Chosen. Dark Souls is being remastered for the PC, Xbox One – with enhanced support, the PS4 – with Pro support, and the Nintendo freaking Switch. There isn’t too much information at this time, beyond the usual release date, which is May 25th, and marketing spiel, but the below image has found its way onto Discord. It shows, in the most basic form, some of the improvements to come. The one that stands out for me is “dedicated game servers”, what a great move by FromSoft and Bandai Namco.

Developed by FromSoftware Inc., DARK SOULS: REMASTERED allows players to explore the twisted ancient land of Lordran in the first title of the critically acclaimed action role-playing series like never before. Experience the rich world of DARK SOULS in upscaled 4K resolution with 60FPS when playing on a PlayStation 4 Pro system, Xbox One X, and PC. Also, 1080p resolution with 30FPS is available when playing the game on Nintendo Switch with its TV mode.

From their first timid steps to absolute mastery, players will build their characters by strategically adapting to daunting foes, exploring haunting locations, and amassing a large collection of weapons, armour and magic spells to utilise for a truly unique playstyle. Hidden in the world of DARK SOULS: REMASTERED are nine online covenants to uncover that will motivate your online interactions. Collaboration or confrontation, support or betrayal – which allegiance will you choose? Up to six players can join together online to help or hurt, each other throughout their quest.

As a long-time Dark Souls player, I’d say that Dark Souls is so much more than the above quote provided by Bandai Namco. Also, I know there are some Dark Souls players hidden within the TiX staff…. I’ll hold this thought for now. Keep your eyes locked to TiX, and you may see some Dark Souls content in the leading up to the launch of Dark Souls: Remastered. I wonder if Rob Mafia is up for some narration?….

Super Public Event Honoring the History of DBZ Games and Celebrating the Launch of Dragon Ball FighterZ

I remember my first exposure to Dragon Ball Z…. A friend at school wanted to sketch a Freezer on my shirt. Whereas other friends left messages, jokes and crude outlines of body parts, this friend wanted to sketch a kitchen appliance. It wasn’t until he had done, I am pretty sure I just left him with the shirt as it was taking so long, that I discovered he meant Frieza.

Back in Black

Now we have been down my memory lane, why not take your own trip to a very rare event? You and other gaming fans are welcome to play some of the most popular Dragon Ball Z video games on retro consoles such as; Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 3 to Dragon Ball Z Super Butoden plus loads more! Visitors can also get a taste of the latest instalment in the Dragon Ball Z series with Dragon Ball FighterZ available to play.

There are also tournaments taking place for Dragon Ball FighterZ. You can hone your skills during the Open Beta starting on January 14th. More details below.

Session Start Date/Time (GMT) End Date/Time (GMT)
Only Pre-Order users access gameplay Saturday 13th at 08:00 Sunday 14th at 07:59
All Users can access gameplay Sunday 14th at 08:00 Tuesday 16th at 08:00
You Know What I am Saiyan?

Full details on the event, including the public invite – which is worth printing out just for the artwork alone! – is below. If you go to the event, feel free to tag TiX or Bandai Namco on Twitter, and don’t forget to include #DBFZLaunchParty!

Dates: 26 January 2018

Address: Under the Bridge, Stamford Bridge, Fulham Road, London, SW6 1HS

Opening Times:
12PM – 10PM
Tournament – Check-in at 4PM

Ticket Price: FREE

Register for a ticket here

*Early registrants will receive an exclusive DBFZ T-Shirt

Restrictions: Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult. Those under 18 will not be served alcohol. ID must be presented upon request.

Most Anticipated Games of the Year 2018

New game plus is activated, it is now +2018. Happy New Game Plus to you all. Following on from TiX’s 2017 Game of the Year, we’d like to present our Most Anticipated Game 2018. The staff here at TiX were asked to provide a list of the games they are most looking forward to this year – based on public knowledge– so no guesses, insider knowledge, or Half-Life 3 requests, please. After you’ve seen our list, please comment below and let us all know what your most anticipated game of 2018 is!

We had 23 submissions, with 15 only being mentioned once. The top spot is occupied by 4 titles from across different formats. Here is the complete list in unique submission order, with the top four and some comments from staff to follow.

Red Dead Redemption II
Ace Combat 7
Bravo Team
Detroit: Become Human
Monster Hunter World
Attack on Titan 2
Sea of Thieves
Far Cry 5
We Happy Few
Anthem
Yoshi
Jurassic World Evolution
Civilisation VI: Rise and Fall
Kingdom Hearts 3
Forged Battalion
Agony
Dissidia Final Fantasy NT
Burnout Paradise HD
Half-Life 3
A Way Out
Ori and the Will of Wisps
Skull and Bones
Final Fantasy VII Remake
Out of the 23 submitted titles, the top spot goes to the following 4.

Anthem – Bioware / EA

Despite what people think of EA, sometimes they manage to pull something out of the bag that wows us all, I have that feeling about Anthem, we may end up disappointed but I’m happy to go along for the ride and see what happens…

Detroit: Become Human – Quantic Dream / SIE

It looks stunning ….. after all this is from the development studio that brought us Heavy Rain and Beyond Two Souls, which is enough to have me giddy at the knees

Monster Hunter World – Capcom / Capcom

I love monster movies, as I type this I have Godzilla on in the background, the 1998 one people seem to hate, but I cannot resist a monster movie. Games of this ilk don’t seem to find their way to me very often so this game has my interest.

Red Dead Redemption II – Rockstar Studios / Rockstar Games

… This will be epic! The only question is just how epic! The original was a masterpiece, as Rockstar are experts at creating a living, breathing world with an incredible story. Given the quality jump between GTA4 and GTA5 I find myself salivating at what RDR2 will bring. And the success of GTA Online will surely signal the beginning of Read Dead Online, with posses of Cowboys all causing mayhem in the Wild West. CAN. NOT. WAIT!

John’s GOTY 2017

Game of the Year talk is, oddly enough, a year-round topic. I remember early on in 2017, March time, I remember saying to a few friends that I believed that Horizon: Zero Dawn wouldn’t be bettered this year. Also, that Resident Evil 7 was a return to form – even though it took me a lot longer to finish than I cared to admit, at the time anyway. During my review of Shadow of War, for this very site, I often said to my colleagues here that I’d need the dust to settle on the Middle-earth epic before I could say where it sat – but top three was mentioned a fair bit.

Now, one game that I have had to – personally, that is – judge harsher than some other potential Game of the Year titles this year is, surprisingly to some, Destiny 2. If I’d settled on this list in early October, or heck, purely on the nights played with other TiX staff, then Bungie’s controversial sequel would have been a solid top three entry. However, with a game like Destiny 2, I have to let it breathe a little before seeing where it sits. Destiny 2 is a game that, for me, has asthma. Bungie hasn’t given it an inhaler, at least not regular enough, which is why it doesn’t quite make the cut.

Obvious, to some, omissions are most of Nintendo’s first-party hits. From Zelda to Pokemon, deluxe Mario Kart to the sprawling Mario Odyssey, and the much hyped – by me – Xenoblade Chronicles 2. All these titles are stellar but just didn’t strike me like the following three games did.

3rd – Middle-earth: Shadow of War

Overall, I had an incredible time returning to Mordor and the surrounding areas. Monolith really did go and pull an Empire! An improvement in almost every single area, from gameplay, to the unrivalled Nemesis system, and the world they doubled in size. The latter half of the game is a bold move, one that I hope they can make payoff. And if they don’t, then I look forward to my yearly replays of War, and maybe Mordor. Maybe.

2nd – Resident Evil 7: Biohazard

Resident Evil 7 was a return to form that I wasn’t aware was needed. Resident Evil 5 was a game that my Wife and I played many, many hours of. Resident Evil 6 was being played when my Wife’s waters broke with our second-child. Yet, Resident Evil 7 has the both of those beat, for me. I was in a party with a good ol’ friend, who had already beaten 7, but he was a passanger on my journery through the terrifying-times ahead – and I dare say he enjoyed every moment which I flinched and yelped at. Yelp, being the replacement word for scream. I yelped a lot.

GOTY 2017 – Horizon: Zero Dawn

I am not sure what to say about Guerrilla Games’ smash-hit. I am serious…. Just buy it, play it. Love it. Play it again. Then go online, talk about it with rabid fans; discover parts you missed. Go back. Play it again. Then write about it on a GOTY list.

[Live Coverage] The Game Awards 2017

It is that time of the year again! The Oscars of gaming. The Game Awards 2017. We here at TiX are looking forward to the event, and I’ll be consuming a lot Orange Lucozade to watch and cover the event. If you are going to be watching the event live, then I encourage you to watch it via Mixer with me! It can also be found here on YouTube. Along with the awards, of which there are plenty, there will be announcements of new games. Details provided about already known titles, like Sea of Thieves, and more!

Special Award

Industry Icon – Carol Shaw

Nominees for the 2017 Game Awards are as follows:

Game of the Year
Horizon Zero Dawn (Guerrilla Games / Sony Interactive Entertainment)
Persona 5 (Atlus)
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG Corp.)
Super Mario Odyssey (Nintendo EPD / Nintendo)
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Nintendo EPD / Nintendo)

Best Game Direction
Horizon Zero Dawn (Guerrilla Games)
Resident Evil 7: Biohazard (Capcom)
Super Mario Odyssey (Nintendo EPD)
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Nintendo EPD)
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus (MachineGames / Bethesda)

Best Narrative
Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice (Tameem Antoniades, Elizabeth Ashman-Rowe / Ninja Theory)
Horizon Zero Dawn (John Gonzalez / Ninja Theory)
NieR: Automata (Yoko Taro, Hana Kikuchi, Yoshiho Akabane / Platinum Games)
What Remains of Edith Finch (Ian Dallas / Giant Sparrow)
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus (Jen Matthies, Tommy Tordsson Bjork / MachineGames)

Best Art Direction
Cuphead (Studio MDHR Entertainment)
Destiny 2 (Bungie / Activision)
Horizon Zero Dawn (Guerrilla Games / Sony Interactive Entertainment)
Persona 5 (Atlus)
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Nintendo EPD / Nintendo)

Best Score / Music
Cuphead (Kristofer Maddigan)
Destiny 2 (Mike Salvatori, Skye Lewin, C Paul Johnson)
NieR: Automata (Keiichi Okabe, Keigo Hoashi) 
Persona 5 (Shoji Meguro)
Super Mario Odyssey (Naoto Kubo, Shiho Fujii, Koji Kondo)
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Manaka Kataoka, Yasuaki Iwata)

Best Audio Design
Destiny 2 (Bungie)
Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice (Ninja Theory)
Resident Evil 7: Biohazard (Capcom)
Super Mario Odyssey (Nintendo EPD / Nintendo)
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Nintendo EPD / Nintendo)

Best Performance
Ashly Burch, Horizon: Zero Dawn (As Aloy)
Brian Bloom, Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus (as BJ Blazkowicz)
Claudia Black, Uncharted: The Lost Legacy (as Chloe Frazer)
Laura Bailey, Uncharted: The Lost Legacy (as Nadine Ross)
Melina Juergens, Hellblade (as Senua)

Games for Impact
Bury Me, My Love (The Pixel Hunt / Figs / ARTE / Playdius)
Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice (Ninja Theory)
Life is Strange: Before the Storm (Deck Nine / Square Enix)
Night in the Woods (Infinite Fall)
Please Knock on My Door (Levall Games AB)
What Remains of Edith Finch (Giant Sparrow / Annapurna Interactive)

Best Ongoing Game
Destiny 2 (Bungie / Activision)
Grand Theft Auto Online (Rockstar Games)
Overwatch (Blizzard)
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG. Corp)
Rainbow Six: Siege (Ubisoft Montreal / Ubisoft)
Warframe (Digital Extremes)

Best Independent Game
Cuphead (Studio MDHR Entertainment)
Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice (Ninja Theory)
Night in the Woods (Infinite Fall)
Pyre (Supergiant Games)
What Remains of Edith Finch (Giant Sparrow / Annapurna Interactive)

Best Mobile Game
Fire Emblem Heroes (Intelligent Systems / Nintendo)
Hidden Folks (Adriaan de Jongh / Sylvain Tegroeg)
Monument Valley 2 (ustwo games)
Old Man’s Journey (Broken Rules)
Super Mario Run (Nintendo)

Best Handheld Game
Ever Oasis (Grezzo / Nintendo)
Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia (Intelligent Systems / Nintendo)
Metroid: Samus Returns (MercurySteam / Nintendo)
Monster Hunter Stories (Marvelous / Capcom / Nintendo)
Poochy and Yoshi’s Woolly World (Good-Feel / Nintendo)

Best VR/AR Game
Farpoint (Impulse Gear / Sony Interactive Entertainment)
Lone Echo (Ready at Dawn / Oculus Studios)
Resident Evil 7: Biohazard (Capcom)
Star Trek: Bridge Crew (Red Storm Entertainment / Ubisoft)
SUPERHOT VR (SUPERHOT Team)

Best Action Game
Cuphead (Studio MDHR Entertainment)
Destiny 2 (Bungie / Activision)
Nioh (Team Ninja / Sony Interactive Entertainment)
Prey (Arkane Studios / Bethesda)
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus (MachineGames / Bethesda)

Best Action/Adventure Game
Assassin’s Creed: Origins (Ubisoft Montreal / Ubisoft)
Horizon Zero Dawn (Guerrilla Games / Sony Interactive Entertainment)
Super Mario Odyssey (Nintendo EPD / Nintendo)
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Nintendo EPD / Nintendo)
Uncharted: The Lost Legacy (Naughty Dog / Sony Interactive Entertainment)

Best Role-Playing Game
Divinity: Original Sin II (Larian Studios)
Final Fantasy XV (Square Enix Business Division 2 / Square Enix)
NieR: Automata (Platinum Games / Square Enix)
Persona 5 (Atlus)
South Park: The Fractured But Whole (Ubisoft San Francisco / Ubisoft)

Best Fighting Game
ARMS (Nintendo EPD / Nintendo)
Injustice 2 (NetherRealm Studios / Warner Bros. Interactive Ent)
Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite (Capcom)
Nidhogg 2 (Messhof Games)
Tekken 7 (Bandai Namco Studios / Bandai Namco Entertainment)

Best Family Game
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Nintendo EAD / Nintendo)
Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle (Ubisoft Paris + Milan / Ubisoft)
Sonic Mania (PagodaWest Games, Headcannon / Sega)
Splatoon 2 (Nintendo EPD / Nintendo)
Super Mario Odyssey (Nintendo EAD / Nintendo)

Best Strategy Game
Halo Wars 2 (Creative Assembly, 343 Industries / Microsoft Studios)
Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle (Ubisoft Paris + Milan / Ubisoft)
Total War: Warhammer II (Creative Assembly / Sega)
Tooth and Tail (Pocketwatch Games)
XCOM 2: War of the Chosen (Firaxis Games / 2K)

Best Sports/Racing Game
FIFA 18 (EA Vancouver / EA)
Forza Motorsport 7 (Turn 10 Studios / Microsoft Studios)
Gran Turismo Sport (Polyphony Digital / Sony Interactive Entertainment)
NBA 2K18 (Visual Concepts / 2K Sports)
Pro Evolution Soccer 2018 (PES Productions / Konami)
Project Cars 2 (Slightly Mad Studios / Bandai Namco Entertainment)

Best Multiplayer
Call of Duty: WWII (Sledgehammer Games / Activision)
Destiny 2 (Bungie / Activision)
Fortnite (Epic Games)
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Nintendo EAD / Nintendo)
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG Corp.)
Splatoon 2 (Nintendo EPD / Nintendo)

Most Anticipated Game
God of War (Santa Monica Studio / Sony Interactive Entertainment)
Marvel’s Spider-Man (Insomniac Games / Sony Interactive Entertainment)
Monster Hunter World (Capcom)
Red Dead Redemption II (Rockstar Games)
The Last of Us Part II (Naughty Dog / Sony Interactive Entertainment)

Trending Gamer
Andrea Rene (What’s Good Games)
Clint Lexa (“Halfcoordinated”)
Guy Beahm (“Dr. Disrespect”) 
Mike Grzesiek (“Shroud”)
Steven Spohn (AbleGamers)

Best eSports Game
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (Valve)
DOTA2 (Valve)
League of Legends (Riot)
Overwatch (Blizzard)
Rocket League (Psyonix)

Best eSports Player
Lee Sang-hyeok “Faker” (SK Telecom 1, League of Legends)
Marcelo “coldzera” David (SK Gaming, Counter-Strike: GO)
Nikola ‘NiKo’ Kovac (FaZe Clan, Counter-Strike: GO)
Je-hong “ryujehong” Ryu (Seoul Dynasty, Overwatch)
Kuro “KuroKy” Salehi Takhasomi (Team Liquid, DOTA 2)

Best eSports Team
Cloud 9
FaZe Clan
Lunatic-Hai
SK Telecom T1
Team Liquid

Student Game Award

Falling Sky (Jonathan Nielssen, Nikolay Savoy, Mohsen Shah / National Film & TV School)
From Light (Alejandro Grossman, Steven Li, Sherveen Uduwana / USC)
Hollowed (Erin Marek, Jerrick Flores, Charley Choucard / University of Central Florida)
Impulsion (Hugo Verger, Remi Bertrand, Maxime Lupinski / IIM)
Level Squared (Kip Brennan, Stephen Scoglio, Dane Perry Svendsen / Swinburne University)
Meaning (Hariz Yet / DigiPen Institute of Technology Singapore)

Best Debut Indie Game
Cuphead (Studio MDHR Entertainment)
Golf Story (Sidebar Games)
Hollow Knight (Team Cherry)
Mr. Shifty (Team Shifty)
Slime Rancher (Monomi Park)

Chinese Fan Game Award
Honor of Kings《王者荣耀》 (Timi Studio Group)
ICEY《艾希》(FantaBlade Network)
Gumballs & Dungeons《不思议迷宫》(QcPlay Limited)
jx3 HD《剑网3》重制版 (Kingsoft Corporation)
Monument Valley 2《纪念碑谷2》(ustwo games)

What is in Your Destiny? More Experience Points!

An eagle-eyed Redditor had spotted that the experience points (XP) earned whilst playing Destiny 2 wasn’t being received correctly, so they did a lot of digging and testing. The thread can be seen here – click moi – but the TLDR is below, plus a nice graph for those Cayde-types.

If you earn XP slow, the ingame display is correct. If you play normally, the game drops some XP (~ 50%). If you power-grind XP the game will drop most of your XP (in testing, I managed to lose ~95% of the XP during an ‘enemies moving against each other’ event

Word from the Vanguard has since come down – report here

“We’ve seen community discussion around XP gain in Destiny. After reviewing our data, we agree that the system is not performing the way we’d like it to. Today, we’d like to describe what’s going on under the hood, and talk about what you can expect going forward when it comes to earning XP in Destiny 2.

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.

Effective immediately, we are deactivating this system.

As a result, players will see XP earn rates change for all activities across the board, but with all values being displayed consistently in the user interface. Over the course of the next week, we will be watching and reviewing XP game data to ensure that these changes meet our expectations, as well as yours. Any additional updates to this system will be communicated to you via our official channels.”

I, Guardian, am unsure how to comment, so I shall not. However, how do you all feel about this?

See you all on Mercury.

What Is in Your Destiny? New Curse of Osiris Information, Mainly

The hype train for Curse of Osiris, expansion one for Destiny 2, has departed from Bungie HQ and is on the route to launch – December 5th.

A huge shout-out to Mesa Sean for doing Cayde’s work and providing the Tower with the stream.

A brief rundown of what came out of the stream is below. To note, there will be a couple of addition streams between now and December 5th, so any information we have now may not be in full context – as is the way of the reveal.

  • Osiris will be found inside the Infinite Forest.
    • The Infinite Forest is a location that will allow players to venture to Mercury during several time-periods – The past, showing a lush untouched world, and the future (The Dark Future), showing the world around our own dying sun. There will be other time periods, too. The long rumoured ‘procedurally generated content’ of the Infinite Forest hasn’t been confirmed nor denied; however it was stated that different combinations of enemies and locales will be used each time you enter. This of course could simply be a small number of slight changes in group makeup, boss rotations and the like. I do look forward to finding out!
  • The story, reported to be around three hours (via IGN), takes place roughly three months after the ending of Destiny 2’s main campaign.
    • The release of the light from The Traveller is what has sparked the events on Mercury.
  • Ikora appears to be the main Vanguard present in this expansion.
  • There will be a female Ghost – a series first. Fail-safe just got put on notice!
  • Heroic Strikes are returning.
  • The raid content is a Raid Lair (not layer).
    • It will be a short experience, featuring new encounters, puzzles and an end boss.
    • It will require power level 300 – as will the current raid. So, sorry to a fellow contributor here on TiX – El Simon – who wanted to breeze through the raid at 335.
    • It will feature a prestige mode, new loot, and a lot of dying.
    • There is a slot on the raid screen for the second raid Lair in expansion two – due in Spring 2018.
  • Mercury itself will have feature the biggest public event to date in Destiny.
  • The Lighthouse will have a glyph area.
    • You unlock glyphs on the wall as you progress through story, both main and postgame, to unlock new weapon quests.
  • Brother Vance returns!
    • He will be an engram NPC, as well as have a role in the story!

There was so much to take in, but the gist of it is this – it is Destiny, with more Destiny. I look forward to the following streams, where I hope we’ll get information on quality of life changes – I am looking at you: repeat extoics and tokens. So. Many. Bloody. Tokens.

On a personal note, I am happy to be able to drop some WiiYD content again. Life as a Guardian has been trying recently, but the overlords at TiX have been supportive and have allowed me time to flounder in my own Vex milk. Drop them a Tweet, if you feel so inclined, and let them know that you love them. Or like them. Or don’t not dislike them. Your call.

Xbox One X Enchanced: Gears of War 4 / Halo 3

Today is a landmark day, there will never be another day like this; there will never be an October 23rd in 2017. Also, today is the day when Gears of War 4  and Halo 3 received X Enhancement trailers. The October update appears to also lay the foundation for the Xbox One X update for Gears of War 4, though the update is less than 10 GB in size.

Gears of More!

Watch this video, which sadly isn’t in 4K or 60 FPS.

If you need more information, then read on here. There is a lot of information to digest, here are a few choice picks:

  • True 4K Experience
    Get ready to experience unmatched clarity, richness and details with true 4K visuals (3840×2160) in our Visuals Rendering Mode. Even if you’re playing on a 1080p screen, you’ll instantly notice the difference thanks to a 4K supersampled image that brings you a crisper, richer looking Gears game than you’ve ever seen before.
  • Dolby Atmos Audio Support
    When playing Gears of War 4 on Xbox One, we now offer Dolby Atmos, which gives you immersive, moving audio.

Halo There

This video, provided by IGN, does run at 60 FPS. And, to me, the changes are more noticeable – maybe because of the amount of time I played Halo 3, or maybe not. Overall, seeing any game have a bump in graphics and performance is most welcome.

LIVE: Bungie at Twitchcon – Lots of News on Seasons

DISCLAIMER: As a live report, this will more than likely contain some errors. Please bear with us, and enjoy the show!

[12:46]
Also, Bungie aren’t selling the seasons angle too well atm. Let’s hope they’ll reorganise their notes before the stream comes back up. Edit: seems they did. (edited)

[12:48]
Events should last 3 weeks at a time, in season 2.

[12:49]
Ice Hockey in the tower

[12:49]
Snowball fights

[12:49]
In the world, strikes and social spaces.

[12:50]
The event is called the Dawning, it’s back from D1. Brings new gear and weapons.

[12:50]
And shaders.

[12:52]
Ooh, they are calling events like Iron Banner ‘rituals’ and they’ll still be weekly.

[12:52]
Iron Banner in season 2 will have direct purchase of guns, via shards and tokens. Thank goodness.

[12:54]
Ornaments, perks and other things unlocked via gameplay. Not just random.

[12:54]
1 more season 1 iron banner

[12:57]
Similar types of things for Trials.

[12:59]
Season 2 IB and Trials weapons will fill in weapon types that S1 didn’t have, ie an energy hand cannon

[12:59]
Faction Rally time

[12:59] The results will be across xbox, PC and ps4

[1:01]
2nd faction Rally will have new weapons for season 1.

[1:02]
Base set through random packages.

[1:03]
However, some awesome looking faction effects.

[1:03]
Unsure how they are awarded, but they look sweet.

[1:03]
Oh, they are shaders.

[1:03]
Shame they aren’t ornaments

[1:05]
Dead Orbit has a linear fusion rifle

[1:05]
Clarion Calls now

[1:05]
Double experience when with clan mates during the ritual

[1:06]
No other rewards apart from Bright Engrams, at least this time around.

[1:08]
Some guy just got sold for 25k glimmer

[1:09]
Bright Engrams get a face lift in season 2

[1:09]
Deej says spicy raymon

[1:10]
Mic drop is being added as emote

[1:10]
Spicy ramen etc won’t be able obtainable after season 1

[1:12]
Season 2 is themed after the Dawning

[1:14]
Ship for season 2…. FM, it looks amazing.

[1:14]
Looks like a Batarang

[1:14]
Another is a table with a kettle on top

[1:15]
The 3rd is like a Falcon head

[1:16]
Sparrow in season 2 actually looks different.

[1:16]
Art team are on the ball

[1:17]
Season 2 Ghosts…. Look amazeballs.

[1:17]
Ps: not seeing ANYTHING about new gameplay content atm

[1:17]
Winamp skin for Ghost

[1:18]
It feels like Destiny 2 is becoming PS Home.

[1:18]
However, if they add gameplay / new content, these rewards get even more awesome.

[1:19]
Shaders now

[1:19]
They won’t be limited per season

[1:20]
Bulk deleting of shaders are on the radar

[1:21]
Bright Engram armour is gone after season 1, you’ll get new armour in season 2.

[1:21]
Seems Minecraft themed

[1:22]
Pvp time

[1:24]
Season 2 will have a new pvp map, it’ll be part of a ritual first, then it’ll go into general population.

[1:24]
Heavy hints to a redone map from D1

[1:25]
Sandbox tuning

[1:26]
Apparently, they know our favourite missions…. Not sure how seeing as we don’t have the freedom to replay them.

[1:26]
Clans will be reset in each season

[1:26]
New perks each season

New clan banner

[1:27]
Clan level is 6

[1:28]
Stave awarded for each season

[1:28]
Red Legion stave is OK.

[1:29]
Clan Engram will update each season

[1:30]
Season 2 will have a new enemy as its focus

[1:30]
I hope the new focus will mean new stuff and things

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3 big streams in November, talking about how we can evolve etc. I hope that means first dlc news.

Limited Time Only: Hand of the Gods: Smite Tactics Is Free for Xbox Live Gold / PlayStation Plus Members

We all like free, don’t we? HiRez knows this, and they are delivering. Until November 15th, that is. The MOBA titles – Smite and Paladins failed to let me down, so it’ll be nice to see where Hand of the Gods takes me.

Hand of the Gods is entering Closed Beta on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One platforms! The beta kicks off by offering special bundles for PlayStation Plus and Xbox Live Gold members–including FREE access to the Closed Beta for those members!
Starting today, PlayStation Plus and Xbox Live Gold members can receive the Hand of the Gods promotional bundle for free!

Exclusive Xeus Leader Skin for Zeus (Xbox) / Ah Puch (PlayStation)
Labyrinth Card Back
Tree of Life Player Icon
5 Core Packs