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Destiny 2 is Already Under Development

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Though by no means its best game, Bungie has reached the highest peaks with Destiny, which has broken record after record on sales charts around the world. It is the biggest new franchise in video game history, with nearly 9.5 million registered users playing the game on Bungie servers.

Despite having solid gameplay mechanics, Destiny has been panned by critics for its lack of story and overly repetitive quests. However, its massive success has developers already working on a sequel.

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But before we get Destiny 2, Bungie and publisher Activision have a slew of additional game expansions on the way for their new cash cow…

“Work has also begun on future expansion packs as well as on our next full game release,” Activision Publishing CEO Eric Hirshberg stated in a statement. “We’re very pleased with the launch and continuing engagement.”

According to Activision, the third quarter of 2014 was the most lucrative one in the company’s history, bringing in $753 million in revenue compared to the $691 million generated during the same period in 2013. Unsurprisingly, the huge success of Destiny played a big part, as did Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare.

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It has already been confirmed that Destiny will have three games that form a trilogy. Hopefully, Destiny 2 will manage to right the wrongs of the first release and offer players a meaningful story; more variable and interesting quests; and better weapons and features.

Despite Destiny failing to meet expectations, players spend on average 3 hours a day playing the game, which is impressive, if not surprising. The Dark Below expansion might increase its appeal by introducing new story missions, gameplay modes and gear.

Destiny is playable on the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. While you wait for more details on Destiny 2, head over to the comments and let us know what you think about Bungie’s new FPS adventure RPG game.

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EA Says Old Console Cycles Were “Painful;” New One Better

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At the Nasdaq 35th Investor Program Conference, Electronic Arts CFO Blake Jorgensen praised the mid-generation console refresh being carried out by Sony and Microsoft and condemned the old console cycles as “painful”.

The executive pointed out that in previous console cycles investors always tried to identify the peak earning period, seeing as moving from a generation to generation involved huge expenses to upgrade.

The fact that consoles were also highly customized didn’t help matters — each iteration of the Xbox and PlayStation were very different mainly as a result of being built on customized chipsets that were difficult to program for in the early years of their release.

And then there was the issue of compatibility between between cycles, which forced gamers to stop buying games for the older consoles…

According to Jorgensen, EA cut down the number of game engines from 25 to only two in a effort to control the high costs of developing for drastically different platforms, but games were still not compatible across generations.

The situation is of course different today, with both Microsoft and Sony releasing micro-upgrades more often, allowing for more compatibility of games with previous generations.

That’s to say the market now looks a lot more like a traditional PC market than the specialized console market of yore, which Jorgensen believes is “great for the industry, great for their [Sony and Microsoft’s] production, great for software costs, and great for the consumers.”

Consoles will still continue to get more powerful, making older software less appetizing, but “the whole notion that investors had of the cycle is gone away.”

What do you think about the new direction Microsoft and Sony are taking with this console generation? Was it long overdue? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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PSVR Will Sell 750K Units in 2017, Fewer Than Expected

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One analyst that expected Sony to sell a around 2.6 million units of the PlayStation VR in 2016 now estimates that the company won’t even sell half of that.

Revised 2016 sales forecast for the PSVR by SuperData Research, a market research and analytics firm, reveals that Sony’s virtual reality headset will shift fewer than 750,000 units by the end of the year, a far cry from earlier estimates.

SuperData conceded to its overestimated of the PlayStation VR’s performance at retail, adjusting its forecast accordingly. Its report stated that “notably fewer [PSVR] units sold than expected due to a relatively fragmented title line-up and modest marketing effort.”

The company, however, remains confident that the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift will sell 420,108 and 355,088 units, respectively.

You can purchase SuperData’s full report and other industry insights on its website.

Did you or will you buy a PlayStation VR? Has it lived up to the hype? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Is The PlayStation 4 Good For Casino Games?

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When people think about the PlayStation 4, the first thing that usually comes to mind are big-name games like Uncharted and God of War. However, what few people know is that the console is also a gateway to many great and addictive gambling games.

While some games like The Four Kings Casino and Slots are apps, the fact that you can use your PS4 as an interface for the world wide web means you can also enjoy a plethora of browser-based titles without needing a PC, many of which can be found at betway casino.

Granted, the selection of such games will be smaller on the PS4 (or on any video game console, for that matter) than on a PC, especially when it comes to poker, but you will nevertheless have a lot to choose from.

Now, why would anyone want to gamble on the PS4 rather than on desktop or laptop, you might wonder? Well, the PS4 makes bragging to your friends about your exploits easier, thanks to the accessibility of social share buttons. When you play a great hand of poker or win a jackpot in slots, for instance, you can share images and/or video of the act a lot more easier than you can on a computer of any other type.

So, you now know that the PS4 can be used to play many different casino games, but does that mean you should? Social sharing aside, is gambling using the PS4 any fun? The short answer? Yes!

You will be surprised at how well gambling works on the platform, but it does take some getting used to. Video slots, for example, are as easy to play on a PS4 as they are on a desktop or laptop machine, while games like Blackjack and poker, where a single misclick can cost you big, don’t work quite as well but are still perfectly playable.

Have you played any casino games on the PlayStation 4? Would you recommend any?

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