Hello and welcome to another week of gaming news recaps! With Black Friday coming up there are some mega deals to be had. Also, we take a look at Destiny‘s beautiful DLC trailer, and Valve’s new developer guidelines. Read on to find out more.
Video game developers Bungie have released a free demo for Destiny, which will allow players interested in the game the chance to try the shooter out, transferring their data onto the full game if they buy it. The free demo is now live on all platforms–PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One–with the last-gen consoles calling it Destiny Demo, and the current-gen consoles, Destiny Trial. Both versions of the demo are offering “a sampling of character creation and progression, story mission content, along with cooperative and social activities, according to the FAQ on Bungie’s website. To play the “Demo” you’ll need 6GB hard drive space, and for the “Trial” you’ll need 20GB.
Both trials can be upgraded to full versions and players can continue playing within the same console family. If you use a particular character on the PS3, you will be able to use it on the PS4, but not any Xbox consoles. You’ll be able to buy the full game on the PS4 and Xbox One from the in-game menu; however, for the old-gen consoles, you might have to take a trip to your local game retailers or use the PlayStation or Xbox Store. Along with the release of these free demos, there was another major update to Destiny, and the game now features voice chat for match-made games and extra bounty slots.
That’s not all the Destiny news this week, either, as the opening cinematic for the game’s first expansion pack “The Dark Below,” has leaked online, available to watch on Mr.Jester6598’s YouTube page. According to the video description on YouTube, the trailer was leaked due to an error, and the new DLC is slated for release on December 9th. It will be one of two packs planned for the game, with the other being “House Of Wolves.” In “The Dark Below,” the game’s Light level cap is raised from 30 to 32, 5 extra bounty slots are added, and there is more endgame gear. A new second raid will also be included called Crota’s End, plus three new competitive multi-player maps.
You can check out the new cinematic trailer below.
In an effort to ensure the quality of games isn’t compromised, Valve has updated its guidelines for any game developers who intend to release titles through Steam Early Access. The report was made by Eurogamer, and states that the updated rules now mean that Early Access “is meant to be a place for games that are in a playable alpha or beta state, are worth the current value of the playable build, and the developer plans to continue to develop for release.” Another part of Valve’s new document reads, “When you launch a game in Steam Early Access, there is an expectation by customers that you will continue development to a point where you have what you consider a ‘finished’ game”.
The full guidelines can be found here, and are a must-read for any game developers, new or experienced.
Retail giant Amazon have already gotten into the Black Friday spirit, with a truck load of deals to launch the holiday buying season. Amazon will be offering new deals on a regular basis over a period of eight days, with three “Deals of the Day” planned for Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday. Prices have been slashed by up to 50% on portable speakers and printers, and $100 off the Lenevo Flex laptop.
For video games, sales will see select console, PC games and accessories down by 20%. For example, Lego Marvel Super Heroes is now only $19.99.
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