Destiny is a big investment for Activision, the publishers of video game juggernauts like Call of Duty and Hearthstone, and the company hopes the title from the makers of Halo will pay off. While the company has yet to release concrete numbers about how the game sold during its first day on the market, Activision has released some promising news about what success may be in store.
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The onslaught of fall video game releases officially kicks off today with the arrival of Bungie’s Destiny, which debuts for the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, and Xbox 360. Published by Activision, the shooter is being touted as the next big franchise, and the industry has taken notice—almost no other major release is scheduled until the end of September. With several weeks to keep players’ attention, Bungie has the difficult task of not only hooking players for the fall season, but, as their plans indicate, for several years to come.
So why is Destiny such a big deal, and does it have a hope to succeed? Let’s dive in and find out, Guardians.
The newest installment in Activision’s hugely popular Call of Duty series, Black Ops II, has grossed $1 billion in just 15 days, making it the fastest-selling video game of all time.
The previous record-holder, 2011’s Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, reached $1 billion in 16 days. Activision would also like to point out that Avatar, the highest-grossing film of all time, took 17 days make as much.
The Game: You’ve heard of Call of Duty? Powerhouse videogame franchise? Burgeoning national pastime? Excuse for foulmouthed 12-year-olds and a significant number of men to spend hours screaming at a TV screen? Right, so take that and add robots. (Available on Nov. 30 for Xbox 360, PS3, and PC)
What We Saw: First, we saw a level from the Black Ops 2 campaign, set in 2025 in the midst of an invasion of Los Angeles. As the level begins, you are inside a car with the president of the United States, then you proceed down a collapsing freeway into an urban war zone. Inevitably you wind up flying a plane. READ FULL STORY
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