Bungie unveiled their new game Destiny today via a brand new viddoc entitled “Pathways Out of Darkness”. It’s mostly concept art but there’s a bit of gameplay footage, and it’s looking really cool.
Destiny is a massively (ambitious) multiplayer online first person shooter that’s going to change how console gamers play online. Bungie’s creating a persistent world and new ways for players to interact with the game’s universe. Additionally, via the game’s iOS app, players will be able to interact with one another even when they aren’t sitting in front of a screen, controller in hand. Despite being revealed in the four plus minute feature, there’s more mystery surrounding this IP than ever. Hopefully as we inch closer to GDC and E3 Bungie will continue to trickle out information to keep interests piqued.
It’s that time of year again. Bags are packed, the car is running, and my better half is shouting from the next room over, “You’re sure you have the passes, right?” In the next few minutes we’ll hit the road, braving I95 South for our third consecutive PAX East weekend. PAX East is my holiday. My girlfriend and I put it above birthdays, Thanksgiving, and any other noteworthy event found on a calendar. Truth be told, Boston is only an hour away from us, and we go there pretty often–but going to PAX is just different. Obvious reasons aside (VIDEO GAMES!), there’s something in the air (other than the dreaded PAX-plague, of course). Roughly 70,000 people are there for the same exact reason I am, and there’s positive vibes oozing from every hall of the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center.
The seven days leading up to this moment largely entail me investigating the Guidebook app on my iPhone and picking out a schedule of panels I want to attend (with bits of Battlefield 3 sprinkled in for good measure). That said, I have a feeling that as soon as I set foot on the show floor, my eyes will gloss over with euphoric wonder and I’ll probably forget about the day’s agenda. If the two previous expos are anything to go by, it’ll be hard not to walk the halls with a huge, stupid grin on my face.
Speaking of panels, this year’s convention has some fantastic stuff. I predict most of my time Friday will be spent on the show floor waiting in line for Assassin’s Creed 3 (of which I am fully prepared to wait multiple hours for), Borderlands 2, catching up with the Supergiant Games guys (Darren did a podcast with me, no big deal I guess), and checking out the plethora of other awesome games. If I can manage to pull myself away from the show floor, I’d love to check out the “Take Over Kotaku (For One Hour)” panel and BioWare’s panels for Dragon Age and Mass Effect. Although, ME might get cut short in favor of attending TwitchTV’s “Video Games Aren’t Just for Playing: Gameplay as Spectator Entertainment” session. Never in a million years did I think I’d get into eSports, but between what my buddy Justin has shown me and our trip to the TwitchTV offices while we were in San Francisco, I’m intrigued. Plus, I’ll probably get to see Jared Rea again, which is always a good time.
Saturday is going to be incredibly busy, and there’s not a chance I’m missing Epic’s “Epic Games: Past, Present, and Future” panel. Cliff was at last year’s show, and I really regret missing him (I think I was checking out Amalur when he was doing a meet and greet), and I’m not making the same mistake this year. At 5:30PM Jeff Green will be on a panel about community management, so I’ll be sure to catch that. Shortly thereafter, I’ll find myself in the audience at the “How Not to Succeed as a Freelance Game Journalist” panel. Then it’s time to get my game face on as I make PAX East 2012 the second year I’m in the front row for Giant Bomb’s “Giant Bomb Easter Weekend Safe and Sane Family Funfest 2012″. The good word is that they are throwing their meet-up same place as last year right after their panel, so I’ve already started mentally preparing myself for a hard night of drinkin’.
Sunday morning is all about eSports. No doubt I’ll be nursing the most epic of hangovers while checking out “State of the Game PAX Edition”, hosted by fancy folks like djWHEAT, iNcontroL, DAY9, and Brad Shoemaker. Justin will definitely be accompanying me on that one, and like most of our time together when eSports is involved, he’ll know exactly what’s being talked about and I’ll don the expression of a monkey doing a math problem.
Saving the best for last, I’ll be closing out PAX East 2012 by hitting up “1UP Presents: Retronauts in Your Favorite Games… Are Awesome”. Retronauts was the first panel I attended at the first PAX East, so I’m really looking forward to closing this year’s show with Jeremy Parish and Chris Kohler. Poking around the 1UP Community boards, I’m a little sad there’s not going to be a 1UP meet-up, but hopefully I can get a couple minutes with Jeremy to say hi and get his take on 2012′s expo.
Yikes, look at the clock! I was supposed to leave a while ago, and the car’s been running this whole time waiting for me. Leave me a comment and let me know what games and panels you’re excited to see, maybe I’ll be in the same panel as you! Time to hit the road, hope to see you at the show!