These Dataz Speak…

With the PS4 announcement leading the headlines, a few of these bits may have slipped under your radar. Besides, I’m not a huge hardware nerd, so while everyone else freaks out about the verification of the controller layout and the compatibility of the old PS3 games and streaming and online play and all the other details – I’m still poking around at these upcoming analyses of community feedback from Carbine and Bungie.

Obviously it’s way too early for Bungie to be tipping a hand about much of Destiny’s features and elements and whatnot, but they were kind enough to open the inbox and answer a number of basic questions – and a few completely nonsensical ones. Plus, there are awkward photos to laugh at. Yay.

The gang over at Carbine also distilled the data from this past #WSuplink to get a feel for what the community is chattering about regarding WildStar, which appears to be everything, more or less. Seriously. MMO gamers tend to have their favorite little niches of game that speak to them, whether it’s housing, crafting, PvP, raiding… and the WildStar junkies want to know it ALL. Despite the immense variety of choices, though, Carbine seems to be sticking to their basic mantra of “make it fun,” which is really what it’s all about as far as I can tell.

And if you haven’t seen the Second Son trailer for the inFAMOUS series, observe:

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Bungie… you cannot escape your Destiny.

I know, there’s nothing in gamer culture that you can’t ultimately turn into a Star Wars reference. Well, not much, anyway.

So, Bungie’s big “secret” is out. Destiny is a solo/co-op FPS for Xbox 360 (and eventually the 720, according to a press release), with PS3 titles coming out eventually as well. No word on the PC front yet, but I can hope. The studio is not trying for an MMO-type experience, but they do want to promote a highly social game, using lots of nice key phrases like “living open worlds”, “emergent activities”, and “just enough crazy”. The following video Bungie has released gives a flood of hints and peeks that should keep the Internet busy for a few days at least. For instance, at 1:19 you can see a brief peek at what seems to be a opening menu screen with categories for The City, Chapter 3, Bounty, Strike, Raid, and Faction Wars, with a squad roster on the right side. This is obviously a game that Bungie wants you to play with your friends, and I’m assuming you can either follow the main storyline or just go into battle with a mission style of your choosing. It’s all conjecture at this point, but I like the idea of being able to choose a Bounty mission if I’m low on in-game cash, or dedicating my time to concentrating on my Faction Rep specifically.

Let me just say, I also find the video release to be intriguing in its format & scope. Equal parts mission statement and game trailer, I came away with the impression that I had just watched an action-movie-prologue/triumph-of-the-human-spirit mashup – which is exactly what I think Bungie was going for. So, well done there!