Games are nothing without their respective communities. Fans are the backbone of any well-loved gaming franchise, and developers are keenly aware of this. In the age of instant information and social media, studios have begun to embrace the way in which fans and popular players can generate buzz for upcoming releases or expansions.
It should come as no surprise that a company like Bungie, that puts a priority on community, understands this. The studio is planning to ramp up hype for the hotly anticipated Destiny: The Taken King, and they’re doing it with the help of some familiar faces.
Bungie announced in its Weekly Update today that it will produce several Twitch streams leading up to Destiny: The Taken King‘s release, to be aired over the course of 3 weeks in late August and early September. These streams are designed to be both informative and entertaining, and the developers themselves seem quite eager for the chance to share more content with Destiny fans.
Bungie will kick things off on August 19, 11am PDT, with a stream called “Destiny Year Two”, hosted by executive producer Mark Noseworthy and senior design lead Tyson Green. The presentation will center around what Destiny: The Taken King means for our own Guardians, with topics ranging from how the improvements to the Tower will benefit players to just how Bungie plans to up the ante on character powers and abilities in Destiny‘s second year. Former Destiny sub-reddit mod Cozmo will be fielding community questions live as well.
A week later, design lead James Tsai will be joined by popular YouTuber Mr. Fruit on August 26, 11am PDT to host “Strike the Dreadnaught”, a stream entirely dedicated to the new hub of action being introduced in Destiny: The Taken King. According to the preview, this stream will illustrate the improvements in Strike mechanics while also showing off the new Guardian sub-classes in action. Fans of Destiny‘s PvE content certainly won’t want to miss this one.
Finally, designer Ben Womack and raid lead designer Luke Smith will be joined by Twitch streamer Laced Up Lauren to present “Court of Oryx” on September 2, 11am PDT. While this event seems the most mysterious, the stream will feature a Patrol of the Dreadnaught and a demonstration on how players can now instigate Public Events in The Taken King. Since this will be the last stream before the game’s release, we can expect Bungie to hold nothing back for this one.
It seems like the team behind The Taken King is extremely confident with the product they’re putting out. Given the fact that this DLC is over double the size of The Dark Below, fans should expect fresh content that builds on all the lessons Bungie has learned over Destiny‘s first year online. With so many improvements being scheduled for an already excellent game, there’s no reason The Taken King can’t make year two an even bigger success for Destiny.
Destiny: The Taken King releases on September 15 for PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.