In this week’s Game Rant Open Discussion, we’re talking about Bungie’s skill-based matchmaking mistake with Destiny, the Season Pass for Tom Clancy’s The Division, and more.
It’s Friday, which means it’s time for another Game Rant Open Discussion. For those new to this series, each Friday we cover a few of the week’s biggest stories, and open our comments section for readers to chat about these and other interesting topics. This week, we’re talking about Tom Clancy’s The Division, Destiny, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and more.
The Division DLC Plans Revealed
With the beta for Tom Clancy’s The Division kicking off this weekend, Ubisoft is pressing forward with its marketing plan, revealing new information about The Division’s Season Pass and future DLCs.
The Season Pass will come with three expansions: “Underground”, “Survival”, and “Last Stand”, each with its own unique addition to the ravaged streets of New York City. Additionally, the Season Pass will give The Division players special monthly rewards beyond just the expansions.
For those not interested in picking up the Season Pass or DLCs, Ubisoft will still provide free content for all players, though there’s not yet any clear details on what that free content entails.
Tom Clancy’s The Division will launch March 8, 2016 for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.
Bungie Appoints New CEO
Bungie announced this week its new CEO is Pete Parsons, the developer’s former Chief Operating Officer. Parsons replaces Harold Ryan, who recently stepped down as the company’s President.
With many Destiny fans currently frustrated with the way Bungie is handling the game, and after rumors surfaced that Destiny 2 is delayed beyond its assumed September 2016 release, many are hoping the leadership change will bring positivity to the Destiny community. Parsons has shown his dedication to the company, and his passion for the Destiny community, so things are looking good so far, but that doesn’t mean fans will give the developer a break.
It’ll be interesting to see what direction Parsons takes Bungie, and how it affects the future of the Destiny franchise.
Bungie Inserts, Then Removes Skill-Based Matchmaking in Destiny
It’s common knowledge that many gamers have a strong distaste for skill-based matchmaking. Despite that, Bungie determined to silently insert skill-based matchmaking into Destiny. It didn’t take long for players to figure it out and unload on the developer.
One would have thought Bungie had learned from Treyarch’s experience just a few weeks ago, when that developer did the same thing with Call of Duty: Black Ops 3. But for whatever reason, Bungie decided to move forward with the plan, and is now working to revoke the skill-based matchmaking it inserted into Destiny.
While there may be some merits to skill-based matchmaking, especially for inexperienced players, there will always be a very loud group who fight against such inclusion. With that in mind, it’ll be interesting to see if developers continue their attempt to incorporate skill-based matchmaking, or if they allow the practice to die.
Final Fantasy 15 Details Incoming, Plus New Screenshots Released
Final Fantasy fans have a lot to look forward to on Saturday, January 30th at 8 PM PST. Square Enix announced it will be doing a livestream on YouTube this Saturday to discuss new elements of Final Fantasy 15’s game combat and mechanics. Fans will see footage of battles and scenes of magic.
In preparation for the livestream, Square Enix released new screenshots for Final Fantasy 15, which show off the game’s beautiful environments and impressive battle detail. It’s safe to say Saturday’s livestream will be full of great moments for Final Fantasy fans.
Final Fantasy 15 is scheduled for a 2016 release, and will be available on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Trailer Leaks
Unfortunately for Platinum Games, it seems the developer can’t catch a break with its upcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles game. After already experiencing leaks, another leak happened this week showing a brief teaser trailer for the game. To make matters worse, the leak happened just one day before the developer planned to do its official announcement of the game.
On a positive note, the game looks fun, especially since it will include four-player co-op. As the trailer shows, it borrows its artistic style from Borderlands, with colorful cel-shading. Also, the combat looks quite fun.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants in Manhattan will be available this summer for PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.
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