The Quest Log: July 18, 2017

Greetings, Guardians! Oh, who am I kidding, if you’re a Destiny fan, you’re almost definitely playing the Beta right now instead of reading this. Well, unless you’re an Xbox player like me, that is… but, hey! At least the PS4 exclusive Beta window’s only a day this time around, right? But enough talk, let’s have at that news.

I think I speak for everyone who has worked with Aaryn – and our fans – when I say thank you for everything. BioWare continues to hold a special magic – full of profoundly talented people, and an inspiring creative energy.

— Casey Hudson, GM of BioWare

BioWare GM Aaryn Flynn Announces his Departure, Casey Hudson Returns to Replace him

It was an emotional roller coaster on Twitter today for long-time BioWare fans as we learned that the studio’s general manager, Aaryn Flynn, had announced his upcoming departure and that his role would be filled by Casey Hudson. Hudson, who left BioWare in 2014 and began working for Microsoft Studios in 2015, has a storied history with the studio, having served as the creative director on the original Mass Effect trilogy as well as the original Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic. His choices on the ending to Mass Effect 3 not withstanding, I believe I’m not the only BioWare fan happy to hear he’s returning. You can read both Flynn’s and Hudson’s official statements regarding the announcement below.

Titanfall 2 Is Getting a Four-player Co-op Mode

Titanfall 2 was one of last year’s most pleasant surprises, and despite the game’s reportedly lackluster sales, Respawn Entertainment and EA just keep churning out new content for the game. In a trailer released today, we got our first look at “Operation Frontier Shield,” a free expansion to Titanfall 2 that will see teams of up to four players working cooperatively to fight off waves of AI-controlled enemies. The game mode will feature multiple difficulty levels as well as unique Titan skins and configurations.

Kingdom Hearts III Gets a Release Window

At Disney’s D23 expo, Square-Enix showed off an all-new trailer for the upcoming Kingdom Hearts 3, a game that fans have been waiting on for nearly the past twelve years. The trailer was packed with a few surprises including a look at the game’s new Toy Story world in which Sora will team up with Buzz Lightyear and Woody from Pixar’s animated classic. Most surprising, however, was that the trailer ended with an honest-to-goodness release window. “Coming 2018,” it says. Is this it? Will we actually get a chance to play this game? Only time will tell.

The Quest Log: April 4, 2017

Welcome, Gamers, to our first Quest Log of April. Looking for what’s going on in gaming news? You’ve come to the right place.

Destiny 2 DLC Launch Dates Leak

Redditor /u/noblesteeda posted on the Destiny subreddit an image of what appears to be an official dossier from Bungie to GameStop regarding their upcoming launch and post-launch plans for Destiny 2. The document also details what specific cosmetic customizations for Destiny 1 guardians will carry over into the sequel (which is mostly just a confirmation of what we’ve seen before) and a pre-order bonus exclusive to GameStop. More interesting, however, is the language surrounding the optional season pass that Bungie naturally wants to incentivize players to buy. The pass will grant gamers access to the first two planned expansion packs, the first of which is due this winter, with another one due next Spring. If that seems like a relatively short time to release two full-blown expansions packs (it probably is), remember that they did something similar for the original game’s release.

Blizzard Teasing April 11 Event in Overwatch

Yesterday, the official Overwatch Twitter account tweeted out a 20-second video that seems to be teasing… something. Some keen fans noticed what appears to be an Omnic-themed (the Omnics being the sentient AI race in Overwatch lore) skin for Tracer, and a post on Facebook by the game’s lead character artist has only fueled the fires on that hope. The game’s one-year anniversary is just around the corner, so it’d make sense to see some a celebratory seasonal event. But will that event also include Doomfist?

8-bit Bayonetta Launches on Steam, Accompanies Countdown Clock

In what initially looked like an April Fool’s Day prank, Sega have released 8-bit Bayonetta on Steam. The game, which is free to play, sees players battling waves of enemies in just one environment and features sprite-based artwork that is reminiscent of classic action platformers (albeit not actually 8-bit, by the looks of it). It’s a fun diversion, but what’s more interesting to fans of Platinum Games’ stylish shoot-em-up is the countdown clock that appeared on Sega’s official site around the very same time the mini game launched.

BioWare Lays out Plans for Post-launch Andromeda

In an official press release today, Aaryn Flynn, the general manager of BioWare, laid out their plans to support and improve upon Mass Effect: Andromeda post-launch. The hotly anticipated sci-fi RPG has been met with a good deal of controversy, largely stemming around the game’s character animations since it hit shelves just two weeks ago. The first patch, due this Thursday, will allow players to skip ahead when traveling between planets, increase inventory limits, and “improve eye appearance for human and asari characters,” among other changes. Hit up the link below for the full release as well as the patch notes.