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Destiny 2 Officially Announced With Teaser Image

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Given the popularity of 2014 co-op shooter Destiny, a sequel was inevitable. Destiny 2 was announced today with a single teaser image by the official Destiny twitter account. No further information was given.

The picture seems to depict Earth’s last city burning from destruction. Neither publisher Activision nor developer Bungie are being chummy with any details.

Rumors have surrounded the anticipated sequel, including a poster leak that points to a September 2017 launch. Activision has previously confirmed that the sequel existed and would be released this Fall.

In related news, Destiny’s final live update hits tomorrow, March 28. The full trailer is below.

The Age of Triumph is a fitting end to the first game, bringing back many iconic raids and items, as well as new gear. It will also include the largest Record Book of any live event, with pages of new challenges to complete.

Created by the original Halo developers, Destiny was the biggest new franchise launch when it released in 2014. Bungie has continuously supported the cooperative shooter through post-launch updates and paid expansion packs.

Destiny received a major 2.0 overhaul with the second expansion, The Taken King, in 2015, which was very well received by fans. The most recent was Destiny: Rise of Iron in September 2016. Bungie has stated that the original game will remain online and be continually supported with updates and patches.

Despite its popularity, Destiny is actually one of the most divisive games among both fans and critics. Its cooperative gameplay and shooting mechanics were generally praised, but poor story elements and manipulative loot-based gameplay left many feeling cold.

Destiny 2 is coming, and that’s all we know right now. Let the speculations fly!

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Review: A New Frontier

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Available On: Switch, Wii U

I was incredibly fortunate to play The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time when it launched for the Nintendo 64 around Thanksgiving 1998. While most game developers were struggling to make the awkward transition into 3D graphics, Nintendo blew everyone away with a fully 3D Hyrule to explore and adventure in.

While Ocarina of Time could be considered the prototype for open-world adventures, the genre really didn’t take off until MMORPGs and RPGs like Bethesda’s Elder Scrolls series embraced giant 3D worlds. These days nearly every big game is an open world adventure, and it’s become more of a rote expectation.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild redefines what it means to be an open-world adventure, creating a vast frontier of possibility. Ocarina of Time remains one of my all time favorite games, and I’m here to tell you that The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is the best 3D Zelda game ever made.
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Sony Will Host Girls Make Games 2017 Summer Camp

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This year Sony is teaming up with educational and training group Girls Make Games to host their annual Summer Camp. This year’s Summer Camp, the fourth since Girls Make Games’ inception in 2014, will be held at the Sony Interactive America building in San Mateo, California. Full details are below:

Dates: July 10-28, 2017 (3 weeks, M-F)
Hours: 10am-4pm (early drop off and late pick up offered)
Tuition: $1,500 (Up to 100% financial aid available)
Venue: Sony Interactive Entertainment America LLC
2207 Bridgepointe Parkway
San Mateo, CA 94404

“It’s important for all of us at PlayStation to maintain a diverse and inclusive community that brings people together through their shared love of gaming,” says Shawn Layden, Chairman of PlayStation’s Worldwide Studios. “We’re excited to team up with Girls Make Games to offer young women the opportunity to learn about game development and, hopefully, inspire the next generation of creators.”

The Sony PlayStation team will not only host the event, but also provide scholarships and on-site mentoring from female executives and developers.

“We’re thrilled about working with PlayStation to encourage and empower more young women to learn about and pursue careers in technology and game development,” says Laila Shabir, CEO and founder of Girls Make Games. Shabir notes that while the number of women gamers has grown significantly (current statistics puts them at around 50%), “less than 15 percent of the games industry workforce is women.”

The Summer Camp is a day camp based around teamwork. There’s no age requirement or restriction, but typical camp goers are around Middle School aged. During the three week course, attendees will learn programming, computer science and computer art design, as well as confidence, industry knowledge, and teamwork skills. At the end of the camp, attendees will create their own collaborative video game, some of which have gone on to find success via crowdfunding on Kickstarter.

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The Elder Scrolls: Legends Launches on PC, Announces Expansion

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Digital card game spin-off The Elder Scrolls: Legends officially steps out of beta and into final release today. If you’ve played in the beta since last year, you still keep all your cards and rewards. The 1.0 release is for Windows PC only, through Bethesda’s game launcher. It’s coming to iPad on March 23, Android tablets in April, Mac in May, and mobile phones in Early Summer.

“We’re pleased to announce that the PC version of Legends is now out of beta,” states the blog post. “Start the game today, play with friends, grow your collection, and begin your adventures across Tamriel. We wouldn’t be where we are today without our amazing fans and we want to thank them for helping us grow during our closed beta.”

Read our preview of The Elder Scrolls: Legends here.

With the release, Bethesda is also announcing their first expansion update, “The Fall of the Dark Brotherhood,” coming April 5. It will feature more than 20 solo PvE missions across three maps, and 40 new cards.

Bethesda plans on integrating rewards and incentives across The Elder Scrolls: Legends and The Elder Scrolls Online. Those who get “The Fall of the Dark Brotherhood” will also receive the Doom Wolf mount in The Elder Scrolls Online. This is comparable to how Blizzard often includes cross-promotional rewards and bonuses with their titles such as Overwatch, Hearthstone, and Heroes of the Storm.

Bethesda detailed more future post-launch plans with The Elder Scrolls: Legends. Another big expansion will come in early Summer; it will be announced during E3 in June. May will see many new features added, such as Spectator mode, Twitch integration, and a new Gauntlet mode. Gauntlets will be monthly in-game tournaments with varying conditions and prizes.

The Elder Scrolls: Legends uses the now familiar Hearthstone model of pricing. The digital card game is free-to-play and card packs can be earned in-game. You can also purchase card packs with real money. Presumably expansions will follow suit. Bethesda will release more information in the coming weeks.

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GoG Spring Sale Has Over 500 Deals on PC Games

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Steam has most of the holidays and seasonal sales covered, and isn’t far behind. GoG is jumping all over the chance for a week-long sale to kick off Spring. Spring technically hasn’t started yet, but who cares – it’s a sale!

The GoG Spring Sale includes over 500 discounts from GoG’s hefty DRM-free library of PC games.

As in previous sales you can find a lot of deals within GoG’s custom-packaged bundles. Some are pretty obvious, like Strategy Games and RPGs. Others are a bit more interesting, like “Games with Wacky Weapons” and “Games You’d Hang Up On Your Wall.”

Unfortunately the bundles don’t actually save you any more money like they did in past sales. These bundles are more like Steam Discovery, pointing out games you otherwise might not know about. This lets you pick and choose whichever titles you’re interested in.

There’s a nice emphasis on more recent titles for this sale. Here are some of my personal recommendations:

Previous GoG sales have trickled in the bundles every day, as well as including little social games to earn points and free games. None of that is in place for the GoG Spring Sale.

Be on the lookout for any discounts that are 75% or more. Note that a few deals are actually not as low as previous sales. Divinity: Original Sin Enhanced Edition is currently on sale for 50% off. Just last week it was 60%.

The GoG Spring Sale ends March 12 at 3pm Pacific/6 pm Eastern.