Shacknews - David Craddock

Following a mixed reaction to Destiny in 2014, Bungie seems poised to sand down rough corners and polish its massively multiplayer online shooter to a fine sheen with Destiny 2, due out later this year.

Here's everything we know about the sequel so far ahead of its release on September 8 for Xbox One, PS4, and PC.

Destiny 2 is Coming To PC (But We Don't Know Exactly When)

While the original Destiny stayed exclusive to consoles, Bungie is looking to expand its player base by bringing Destiny 2 to PC. The PC version will be sold through Blizzard Entertainment's Blizzard Launcher instead of Valve's Steam digital platform. As a result, you'll be able to buy Destiny 2 using World of WarCraft gold.

The downside to Destiny 2 coming to PC is that Bungie hasn't nailed down a release date yet, which means that version could follow the Xbox One and PS4 release on September 8. "We're not committed to a PC date yet, but at Bungie we're totally committed to making a PC build as great as we can," said Destiny 2 director Luke Smith in an interview with PC Gamer. Our partnership with Blizzard and being on Battle.net, we want to make sure that this version of the game has the time it needs to bake in the oven so it's a delicious piece of bread when it comes out."

Destiny 2 on PC Won't Offer High-End Servers, but Won't Require High-End Specs to Enjoy

Bungie isn't ready to get into specifics where online architecture is concerned. However, Destiny 2 PC lead David Shaw did confirm to PC Gamer that the game will not use dedicated servers. "We do not have dedicated servers for Destiny 2 on PC," Shaw said. "I can tell you that we have had conversations and we’re aware of—we try really hard to listen to the community and hear what their concerns are, and we try to take those and turn those into the plans."

In order to appeal to as wide a customer base as possible, Shaw went on to say that Destiny 2 on PC won't demand top-of-the-line hardware to play. "So, we’re not announcing a min spec or recommended spec today," Shaw said. "We’ll talk about that in the future. But no, you absolutely won’t have to buy the latest and greatest hardware to be able to play the game and have a fun, quality experience."

If you do have a beefy rig, though, you'll be able to tap into features such as 4K resolution and support for 21:9 monitors.

Destiny 2 (Probably) Won't Be Ported to Nintendo Switch

I'm a loud and proud member of the "bring every single video game ever to Nintendo Switch" club, but a port doesn't seem to be in the cards for Destiny 2. "I think it's pretty unrealistic, given we're an online-only game, right?" Noseworthy told IGN. "The Switch, because it's a portable, and I love my Switch, I've got Breath of the Wild here, I've got it with me. It's incredible, I love the console, but in terms of where it's at, I don't want leave anyone with the possibility of, like, 'it's a thing we'll consider, maybe next year.' There's no plans right now for Switch."

Destiny 2 Will Offer Clan Support and Guided Games for Solo Players

The original Destiny asked you to keep track of allies on your own, lacking built-in support for clans. Destiny 2 will remedy that by offering clan support, as well as multiplayer features such as guided games that appeal to solo players.

By using clans, you'll gain access to "in-game rosters, tools you need to build your fire teams, and custom banners to help you shape your shared identities," according to Destiny 2's Social Lead M.E. Chung.

Destiny 2 Features an Overhauled Weapons System

Where the original Destiny divided weapons into primary, secondary, and heavy groupings, Destiny 2 will use kinetic, energy, and power in its revamped weapons system. The groupings seem to be intuitive, such as sniper rifles belonging to the power category.

Destiny 2 Will Fix What Was Wrong in the First Game

If you liked parts of Destiny and wished the rest of the game carried its share of the weight, Destiny 2 sounds like it should be right up your alley. Bungie's plan is to iterate on, rather than innovate with the sequel.

"Destiny 2 doesn't appear to be a total sea change from its predecessor, but it has taken criticisms to heart and sanded off some of the rough edges that may have turned off prospective players," wrote Shacknews editor-in-chief Steve Watts after going hands-on with the PC version. "It remains to be seen if the progression loop is equally refined, but Bungie has shown a capacity to learn from its mistakes. Destiny 2 is a smarter version of the game we began playing years ago, and that's exciting even without the element of surprise."

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Alice O'Connor)

That damn Brendan’s always flaunting the fact that he had a childhood, that he didn’t just floop fully-formed out a pod. Oh hark at you, Mister ‘Renegade Ops makes me feel all young and boisterous again and not at all like what grows if you spill nutrient paste down the back of the radiator.’ Yeah, well, the rest of us can also enjoy shooting tanks and helicopters and soldiermen in top-down Jungle Strike-ish shooty action, you know. And we can do it for free, as Sega are giving away Renegade Ops along with Gunstar Heroes and Viking: Battle for Asgard right now.

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Kotaku

Streets of Rage has to be one of the all-time classic side-scrolling beat-em-ups, right? It had a sense of an atmosphere of menace that other games lacked. After a fan-made game was scuttled by Sega, the only activity on the old-school series has been mobile releases of the original games. So it's a real shame that the remake demonstrated above never made it out into the world.


A tweet from Ubisoft level designer Sean Noonan revealed the footage, which comes from a digital downloadable that was reportedly in development at Ruffian Games. Destructible environments, brutal takedowns, street gangs straight out of The Warriors… it's all there. Throw this one onto the pile of promising dreams that will never become reality


Video Spotlight: Cancelled Streets of Rage "Reimagining" Footage Leaks Online [Sega Driven, via Spong and NeoGAF]


Shacknews - Steve Watts

Sega has been keen on releasing its classic Master System and Genesis games lately. The Monster World Collection recently leaked out, and now it appears more games are coming to the Xbox 360. The Pan European Game Information (PEGI) board has rated another three titles.

Siliconera reports that Super Hang-On, Golden Axe 3, and Streets of Rage 3 have recently been rated, which is a pretty certain signal that they're coming. Sega hasn't formally announced the games for Europe or here in the States. But like the ESRB, PEGI has a long and proud history of spilling the beans on upcoming game announcements. We'll probably see some word of these titles soon.

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Jim Rossignol)


Last week SEGA ordered that the Streets Of Rage remake – a faithful fan (reportedly eight years in development) recreation by Bomber Gamers that we previously reported on – be taken down by its creators. Subsequently, SEGA issued this statement:

“SEGA is committed to supporting any fans that take an interest in our games, and where possible we do so by involving them in Beta tests and other development, marketing or research opportunities. However we need to protect our intellectual property rights and this may result in us requesting that our fans remove online imagery, videos or games in some instances.”

Fairly tragic, I think. Is there any good news today?

Kotaku

The fan-made Streets of Rage homage released earlier this month after eight years in the making was recently pulled at the request of Sega. The original maker of the 16-bit Streets of Rage games says it took action to "protect our intellectual property rights." Sega's full statement is here.


Kotaku

Fan-Made Streets Of Rage Remake Pulled After Request From SegaStreets of Rage Remake, the exhaustive, fan-made homage to the classic Sega Genesis beat 'em up series, looks to have finally gotten the attention of Sega. The creators of that freely distributed Streets of Rage title have pulled the game after a request from Sega.


Released last week after some eight years in development, creators Bombergames pulled previously posted links to downloads for Streets of Rage Remake, asking forum members not to redistribute the game. Streets of Rage Remake is available for Windows PCs.


"SEGA have contacted regarding the download hosted on this site," writes a Bombergames forum moderator. "While this issue is being resolved, please do not upload the game for others to download. Any links posted on this site will be removed. Thank you."


Forum moderators have since locked a thread discussing the availability of Streets of Rage Remake.


The Streets of Rage Remake web site says its creators had informed Sega of the project during development via "a formal letter," but recent press of the 16-bit beat 'em up may have gotten Bombergames noticed.


Sega is still in the business of selling versions of Streets of Rage games through various means, including Steam, Wii Virtual Console and disc-based compilations for consoles.


Kotaku contacted Sega for details on its request to Bombergames, but the company has not yet officially responded.


Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Alec Meer)

I have only foggy memories of Sega’s 1991 side-scrolling man-thumper Streets of Rage (I was more of a Final Fight man, played on a chum’s Amiga) but I remember visiting the house of the only boy in the world to own a Mega-CD / Sega CD and playing it with him there. Though it might have been the second game, now I think of it. No matter – many buttons were bashed, many men were thumped, many naughty-swears were uttered. And yes, I do remember that thing where the police car turns up and bombs everything to death with as much fondness as the next man.

Now, a cartel of indie devs have painstakingly remade the bally thing as an elaborate, faithful but free PC game. After a remarkable eight years in development, you can play the ‘final’ version of this labour of violent love right now.
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Kotaku

After more than eight years in development, the most complete, perhaps the most obsessive game in Sega's Streets of Rage series has been released in its final form. The fan-made Streets of Rage Remake is finally finished and—best of all—free to download.


Streets of Rage Remake is an homage to the 16-bit beat 'em ups of old, a series that graced the Sega Genesis, Game Gear and Master System. The remake boasts impressive raw numbers: 19 playable characters from multiple Streets of Rage games; 64 types of enemies; 83 remixes of classic techno tunes; 103 stages in which to bust skulls, one kick, elbow or flaming uppercut at a time.


The Streets of Rage Remake project started way back in March 2003, according to its creators, with more than a dozen musicians and artists contributing to the project that brings the best of Streets of Rage games from the Genesis and its 8-bit ports into one title.


Interested? You can grab the 218 MB install file from the Bombergames forums, perhaps making a donation while you're there.


Thanks to Scott (and everyone else) for the tip!


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