As I do every Friday, let’s go through a couple of the big news stories from this past week. Obviously the big news is the release of Destiny but there were a couple other stories that dropped this week.
DESTINY HAS THE BEST OPENING DAY EVER, OF ALL TIME
I think we all knew that Destiny was going to have a very strong opening week, but I don’t know if the numbers that Activision has reported were on the radar. According to Activision, Destiny shipped over $500 Million to retail, which would make it the best new gaming franchise launch ever. That day one opening total, should it be accurate reporting from Activision, would also put it right at second overall with Call of Duty: Black Ops II behind Grand Theft Auto V. With how much fun Destiny is, I would expect to see the numbers climb even higher, but I don’t know if they can match GTAV numbers.
BATMAN: ARKHAM KNIGHT HAS A RELEASE DATE
One of the trends of this past summer was major titles getting delayed until 2015. In my opinion, the biggest two games to be delayed were Evolve and Batman: Arkham Knight. We already knew the updated release date for Evolve: February 10, 2015. This week though we learned the new date of Arkham Knight’s release – June 2, 2015. This is a much different date that initial rumors suggested, which had the game pinned with a late February launch. Pushing it out till June may actually be a huge blessing, as it will be so far removed from any other major triple A title, giving it a pretty open market.
SUPER SMASH BROS 3DS “LEAKS” IN JAPAN
The full roster for the upcoming Super Smash Bros. game on both 3DS and Wii U had already reportedly leaked a couple of weeks ago, but the validity and completeness had been in doubt. Well, the 3DS version launches in Japan on September 13, but gamers were able to break street date and began streaming the game on Twitch on Thursday. Over the course of the streams, the roster of secret characters was indeed confirmed, with players showing off characters like the Duck Hunt Dog, Ness, Dark Pit and Ganondorf. The unfortunate truth of the matter is that this sort of thing is pretty much par for the course these days, with people able to break street date easier and easier. That said, I’m excited for the game, solely for the ability to play as Mega Man.