Relatively busy week this week – not just because of news, but we had two pretty important launches too.
DESTINY’S HOUSE OF WOLVES IS UNLEASHED
On Tuesday, Bungie released the second DLC expansion for Destiny – House of Wolves. I’ve been talking about it all week long here, so I won’t dwell on it too long today. I will say that according to this weeks Bungie Weekly Update, House of Wolves has been a pretty spectacular success at launch. There were more players online Tuesday than there was on Christmas, a typically heavy day with new players. That shows just how well Bungie has done with the build going into this, and hopefully the player count will stay high moving forward.
WITCHER 3: WILD HUNT RELEASES
The other big release this week was the third game in the well respected Witcher series: The Witcher III: Wild Hunt. All the early buzz around this game was that it’s an early favorite for Game of the Year. I picked it up yesterday – physical copy – so I’m looking forward to spending a lot of time with it. I will say, I’m really glad I picked the physical copy up – it comes with an actual game manual, a compendium of the universe as well as a soundtrack and map for the game world. That’s not a Special Edition either, just the normal physical copy. That’s fantastic in this day and age.
NEED FOR SPEED REBOOT COMING THIS FALL
In a somewhat surprising move to me, EA announced that Need for Speed will be rebooted in the fall. The surprising move isn’t so much that the series is getting a reboot, more so that they announced it this week. E3 is only a couple weeks away; this is a modern classic franchise that I think would have gotten a good reception had EA announced this during their press conference. That has me thinking in a whole bunch of directions – is it a weak start, so they don’t push it at E3? Or do they have a stacked E3 conference already, and needed to pull a game? Either way could be the case, and we’ll just have to wait and see.