Weekly News Recap: September 12, 2014

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

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

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

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.

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Pre-E3 Hype

E3 LogoE3 is only a couple weeks away, and we’re already seeing a few glimpses of the games we might be seeing this year. I expect Evolve to have a really great showing – they’ve been playable at a few conventions already this year, using the feedback to keep tweaking the game, which is a really good sign. Destiny will have a playable booth at E3, I’ve already talked about how excited I am for that game, so I’m really looking forward to hearing how people react to it. Arkham Knight got a new gameplay trailer last week, I wouldn’t be surprised to see that have a real big showcase booth this year.

Of course, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare will be there, and it wouldn’t surprise me to see the last Ghosts DLC news announced there either. I would also expect this year’s Halo game to be officially announced and trailered, now that Halo 5: Guardians has been confirmed for next year. No surprises there. I think we will also see some new Titanfall news, perhaps the next DLC announced. Battlefieldwise it gets a little interesting. Just today they announced Battlefield: Hardline, which looks to be cops V. robbers, and is developed by Visceral Studios, the developers of Dead Space. All the info so far points to a fall release – the choice of developer has me intrigued, Visceral is better known for single player games, so this could be a Battlefield game more in the vein of Bad Company. We’ll know more I’m sure as E3 hits. Also today a 15 minute clip of Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel footage hit, which I also see having a big showing this year.

Borderlands PreSequel

In terms of “surprises” at this year’s show, I think they’re all fairly predictable. They have said that Star Wars: Battlefront 3 is in development, I fully expect a big trailer and maybe even a playable build, along with the Visceral developed single player Star Wars game. Don’t be surprised to see Mass Effect show up this year, although whether or not it’s called Mass Effect 4 remains to be seen. I also expect to see Fallout 4 finally get confirmed and trailered, along with the next Mortal Kombat, and hopefully Dishonored gets a sequel too.

All in all, I have a hunch that this year’s E3 is going to be a crazy show. Last year was the year of the console announcements, this year, we get a ton of killer games to check out and start prepping for. I could see a few games slated for 2015 making early appearances too, a la Final Fantasy XV or Kingdom Hearts 3. We just have a couple more weeks to wait – then it becomes a longer waiting game as we wait for the release dates.