Destiny – Season of the Drifter: The Problem with The Reckoning

The reaction to this second chapter of Bungie’s new seasonal style approach to content in Destiny has been more mixed than the first. Named the Season of the Drifter, it primarily focuses on the game’s newer competitive mode: Gambit. Something that, while a fantastic addition to the game, doesn’t hold appeal to the player base as a whole.

Destiny - Season of the Drifter: The Problem with The Reckoning

I’ve always personally felt it odd that some people invest themselves into a game and its community for this long, and yet only interact with a sliver of it. There are people who play a lot of Destiny but avoid any form of competitive play at all costs. In hindsight though, it’s as valid way of approaching the game as any, especially with the extra content added over the past year.

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Bungie break away from Activision and take on full publishing rights for Desinty

A news story I couldn’t afford not to mention. Seeing as how Destiny is still the game I am spending most of my time with, despite having a “to play” list as long as my arm.

Bungie posted on their website, via Twitter that they were ending their ten year partnership with publisher Activision and breaking away on their own. Meaning that going forward they own the full publishing rights to the franchise and can make all their own designs, free from a profit driven publisher.

Bungie had massive ambitions when it came to originally making Destiny, but lacked the financial capital to make their lofty dreams a reality back in 2008. Thus they gained funding through a publisher. In this case, the publisher being Activision.

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Wooderon Games of the Year 2018: 5 Best Old Video Games

Game culture has changed, it has for me at least. This past year I have found myself playing far fewer new games. It’s not that I’m spending less time gaming as a rule, rather, it’s because I’ve been investing in other services. Xbox’s Game Pass has been a great resource, giving me access to a ton of older games for a monthly fee.

Wooderon Games of the Year 2018: 5 Best Old Video Games

The “Games as a service” approach from developers has also given games much longer lives than they would have had previously.

It’s a change that’s just getting started I feel, with the likes of Anthem, Skull and Bones, Fortnite and The Division 2 all on the horizon, it seems like every big studio wants their “living game”. Something people just play and play and they just keep supporting over time. Which, right now, suits me just fine.

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