It’s Friday, which means it’s time for another round of Game Rant Open Discussion, a place where our readers can chat about the biggest gaming news from the previous week, as well as discuss topics of their choosing. This week, we’ll be talking about Fallout 4, Halo 5, and more.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 Launch
Every year, shooter fans look forward to that fall day when Activision releases the year’s Call of Duty. Despite struggling sales over the last couple years, anticipation is high for Black Ops 3, especially after a successful open beta a couple months ago.
It’ll be interesting to see if Black Ops 3 is able to help rebound Call of Duty’s sales, or if purchase numbers continue to decline. If sales struggle to surpass Advanced Warfare, it may be time for Activision to consider rebooting the franchise with more extensive changes and updates than in years past.
Fallout 4 Launch Trailer
Other than Black Ops 3, the most highly anticipated title for the fall is Bethesda’s Fallout 4. The open world post-apocalyptic RPG comes out in just a couple eq6w, and gamer anticipation is palpable.
In preparation for Fallout 4’s release, Bethesda this week revealed the launch trailer for the game. The trailer, which can be seen above, offers gamers a glimpse into Fallout 4’s story. From what little is shared, fans are now aware of Fallout 4’s primary antagonist: an organization known only as the Institute. While there’s not much info, it’s definitely enough to pique the interest of Fallout fans.
Halo 5 Tournament Prize Pool Increased
As Halo 5: Guardians continues to find success and set records among gamers, 343 Industries is gearing up for a massive Halo World Championship tournament that starts next month.
Originally, 343 Industries announced there would be a $1 million prize pool for those who participate in the tournament, but that the prize would go up as players buy in-game REQ packs with real money. Amazingly, after only the first week since release, players have purchased enough REQ packs to increase the prize pool by 50 percent to a whopping $1.5 million. And since the deal is going on, that amount will continue to grow, possibly to and above $2 million.
343 Industries announced it will provide additional details about the tournament in the coming weeks, so stay tuned.
Women More Likely to Own Consoles than Men in the US
A new research study from the Pew Research Center uncovered an interesting and surprising statistic from the world of gaming. It turns out, women are more likely to own video game consoles than men in the US. Their research shows that 42 percent of women own a console, while only 37 percent of men do.
This is a very interesting discovery, and is likely part of the motivation for game developers to increase the number of strong female protagonists in video games. With this new research available, it’s likely that trend will continue for many years to come.
Destiny Players Average 3 Hours of Play Time Per Day
Despite the continued mixed reviews from gamers about Destiny, it seems those who enjoy playing the game still find time to devote to battling the Fallen, Hive, Vex, and Cabal. Activision revealed this week that Destiny players average 3 hours of daily playtime, an impressive feat considering the game is more than a year old. And with Bungie devoting the next year to free content in preparation for Destiny 2, it won’t be surprising to see that number stay steady at 3 hours per day.
With the success and play time Bungie has been able to achieve with Destiny, there’s no doubt other developers are keeping a watchful eye on the sci-fi shooter in an effort to replicate its success.
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