Now that we’re starting to get farther away from the holidays, the news is starting to flow again. As I do every week, I got a couple stories here that I think are worth your time.
EVOLVE OPEN BETA IS UP AND RUNNING
The first major new game for 2015 would probably be considered Evolve, which launches next month. Even though the game has already gone gold, Turtle Rock Studios is hosting a second pre-release session. There was the Big Alpha back in the fall, and now we have a bit larger scale Open Beta. The cool thing is that any progress will carry over through to the full game, including character unlocks – although the pre-order incentive on the Xbox One unlocks all the later characters/monsters. To me the more important part of the beta is that we have access to all 12 maps, including the “campaign” mode starting tomorrow. It’s a bit more fleshed out than it was during the Big Alpha, which is to be expected. Evolve is still set to be a pretty solid first release of the year, which I think bodes well for 2015.
CROTA’S END HARD MODE RAID LAUNCHES NEXT WEEK
As for Destiny‘s current state, Bungie just released a patch that fixes a bunch of cheese exploits in the Crota’s End raid on the Moon. This week they also announced that next week, they’ll flip the switch and turn on Hard Mode for the Crota’s End raid. While the specifics for just what the Hard Mode will entail are still veiled in secrecy, I think it’s pretty safe to assume that since it’s starting at level 33, it’ll be a challenge for all players, regardless of their level. The good part is that we know a bit more about the primary weapons we’ll unlock for beating it.
NINTENDO HAS NEW 3DS DETAILS
With the latest Nintendo Direct, they’ve nailed down some of the details on the upcoming release of the New Nintendo 3DS. First, the smaller model won’t be out in the States. Second, the special edition – featuring Majora’s Mask artwork – sold out almost instantly. Having had my 3DS for about three or so years now, I’ve never really felt the need to upgrade – although now that new ones have Amiibo support, it might be worth it for games that take advantage of them.