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Destiny’s Player Count Reaches 13 Million

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Bungie, the developers of Destiny, has released some new statistic about its highly successful online first-person shooter. Apparently, nearly 13 million (12,869,006, precisely) people worldwide have played the game since its release in September 2014.

Created by the masterminds behind Halo, Destiny was one of the most highly anticipated games of 2014. Unfortunately, it failed to live up to expectations, receiving criticism for its poor story narrative and lack of content.

Even so, the game is a hit; considering that its player count stood at around 3.2 million one month after its launch, 13 million players is quite an accomplishment. We can only imagine how many more players join the fray in 2015…

For some perspective on just how staggering a number that is, the standalone version of multiplayer zombie survival game DayZ boasted approximately three million players as of the time of this writing, while World Of Warcraft accounted for an estimated ten million subscribers.

Dota 2 — the most-played game on Steam — had 9.8 million unique players.

Staggering player count aside, Bungie says nearly 23 million Guardians (playable characters) have been created, which isn’t too shabby.

MUST READ: Destiny 2 is Already Under Development

Bungie and publishers Activision seem to have hit the jackpot with Destiny, which cost around $500 million to create and market, an amount that was recouped within days of the game’s release. Destiny 2 is already under development and will be followed by Destiny 3.

Reference: Eurogamer

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China Blocks Twitch Website And iOS App

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You can no longer access the Twitch website and Twitch iOS app in China, at least legally.

Twitch has confirmed that the Chinese government has blocked all access to its platform in mainland China.

The development comes on the heel of the Twitch iOS app reaching the third spot in the iTunes free apps chart, with the surge of popularly mostly owed to eSports and especially the Asian Games.

Although the reason for the ban wasn’t revealed, the fact that Twitch was the only way for Chinese fans to follow the event was what likely made it a target for the Chinese government.

Twitch now joins a growing list of major websites to be blocked in the world’s video game market, a list that includes the likes of Google, Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.

Considering that some of the Steam Community features are also inaccessible in China, it probably won’t be long until the main Steam store is also banned.

Valve has been taking preemptive measures should it also meet the same fate, having partnered with a Chinese publisher to launch a localized version in the country.

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The Witcher’s Voice Actor Wants To Work On Uncharted

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Uncharted is not the only series the gravelly-voiced actor behind Geralt of Rivia is interested in.

As a video game actor for nearly two decades, Doug Cockle has definitely left a mark on gaming, however small the mark, especially in the hearts of The Witcher fans. Yet, despite all his experience in games, movies, television shows, and even on the stage, he has never worked in motion capture.

“I have yet to get into a motion capture suite,” Cockle told VG247 in an interview. “It’s something I really want to do – it’s on my bucket list.”

All his voice acting for the The Witcher series was done in the recording booth. He’s actually never met the actress who plays Yennefer, and only met Triss’ actress while passing in the corridors between their sessions.

“I’d love to be part of the Uncharted series,” he said, joking that it would also be a lot fun being in Tomb Raider but just not as Lara Croft for obvious reasons.

He expressed great interest in “getting in bed” with the developer of What Remains of Edith Finch, an interactive graphic novel that he things is beautifully done.

Either way, considering his quality performance in the The Witcher series, Cockle (you can follow him on Twitter) will be a great addition to any developer’s team. Dust imagine what he can deliver in a mocap studio.

What game would you like to see him in?

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Nintendo Switch Is Getting New Animal Crossing In 2019

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No more rumors — Animal Crossing is coming to the Switch.

After gutting disappointments at E3 2018 and subsequent Nintendo Directs, Nintendo has finally confirmed that Animal Crossing Switch is gearing up for a 2019 launch.

Details are pretty scant — all we got is “Animal Crossing” for a title — but we can expect Tom Nook to return and, hopefully, at least a visit from all, if not most, of the other characters when you use their Amiibo figure.

Watch the announcement trailer, and let us know what you hope to see in Animal Crossing Switch…

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