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Bungie Hires Creator of Destiny Subreddit As New Community Manager

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Bungie has hired a member of the Destiny community as their latest community manager to get a better idea of fans desires

If you’re a Destiny fan who has ever been to the subreddit r/destinythegame then the username “Cozmo23” is probably familiar to you. Also known as Chris Shannon, Cozmo23 is the man who created r/destinythegame when Destiny was nothing but concept art. He’s also now the newest member of the Destiny community management team joining Eric “Urk” Osborne and David “DeeJDague.

It was announced Shannon would be joining the Destiny team today by Bungie on their community site and Shannon on Reddit. In his introduction post on the Bungie’s website Shannon said that he had been part of Bungie’s communities since the Halo days. Making him a long time member of one of the most contentious community relationships in gaming.

Bungie seems to hope that bringing a member of the community like Shannon into the fold will help them get a better judge of what players want. Especially after the explosion of anger towards the upcoming Taken King expansion; that many fans felt community manager “DeeJ” handled poorly. A quick peek at r/destinythegame shows they’ve made a good choice in a new community manager.

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Shanon started the subreddit in 2012 and has grown it into one of the most comprehensive places on the internet for players to learn about and discuss Destiny. Sadly his move to Bungie means he will be leaving the subreddit but says its in capable hands. Shannon seems to genuinely believe he can help the communities voice be heard saying:

“I now aim to better serve the larger Destiny community alongside those who create and maintain the game,” said Shannon in Bungie’s post. “My job is to be your voice, or at the very least your interpreter, filtering the firehose of information on Bungie.net — as well as on social media.”

An area that community manager “DeeJ” admitted Bungie has been dropping the ball on. It will be interesting to see if Shannon can actually become the voice that Destiny players are sorely lacking. It’s a tough position, especially with an explosive community like Destiny’s.

Source: Bungie/r/destinythegame

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Are you eagerly anticipating what Absurd Ventures has in store for us in the coming years

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Activision has recently announced the establishment of a new studio, Elsewhere Entertainment, located in Warsaw. The studio has been entrusted with the exciting challenge of creating a groundbreaking AAA franchise that will captivate players with its immersive storytelling and innovative gameplay. A significant number of employees were let go by the large corporation after the completion of Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard King earlier this year.

According to IGN, Activision made the announcement in a blog post, sharing that the team will be based in Poland with additional resources in the US. The studio has assembled a team of highly skilled individuals who have worked on acclaimed titles such as The Last of Us, Uncharted, The Witcher, Destiny, Far Cry, and Tom Clancy’s The Division.

Activision’s response to IGN’s request for a studio logo or official artwork was rather unconventional. Instead of providing the requested materials, they sent over the Cambridge University dictionary definition of the word “elsewhere.”. However, with a discerning eye, one may catch a glimpse of something lurking in the background. The publication acknowledges that, whatever it may be, it has no connection to Call of Duty. Elsewhere Entertainment has been granted full access to Activision’s extensive resources and cutting-edge tools, enabling them to further enhance their production and development capabilities. We may have to wait a while before we find out what they have in store for us.

Curious about Activision’s latest venture, Elsewhere Entertainment? Opening a new studio after numerous layoffs—is it a tasteless move or simply another harsh reality of the video game industry? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below.

 

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Rockstar Co-Founder Dan Houser is currently working on the development of an exciting new ‘Open World Action-Adventure’ game

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Last year, we reported that Rockstar co-founder Dan Houser had launched a new studio called Absurd Ventures, with the aim of developing original IP for all platforms and formats. The new outfit has recently started development on a game that boasts top-notch combat and third-person action in a variety of game modes.

This information is available, as Eurogamer discovered, from a recent job listing on the developer’s website. The company is looking for more people to join their team and contribute to an “open-world action-adventure game.”. According to Eurogamer, it seems that the project they are working on is still in its early stages. They are currently in the process of hiring for important positions like lead designer, lead gameplay designer, art director, and technical director.

Absurd Venture is dedicated to crafting immersive narrative experiences across a wide range of mediums, such as games, animation, books, graphic novels, live-action, and scripted podcasts. Their mission is to create captivating worlds, compelling characters, and engaging stories that span diverse genres. The former vice president of writing at Rockstar, who co-wrote both Red Dead Redemption games, has recently joined the studio. Additionally, Lazlow Jones, a former writer and producer at Rockstar, has also come on board.

Are you eagerly anticipating what Absurd Ventures has in store for us in the coming years? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below.

 

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Assassin’s Creed Shadows, the physical version, requires an online connection for installation

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Players who choose to go with a physical copy of the recently announced Assassin’s Creed Shadows will need an Internet connection in order to finish the installation. This is unlikely to pose a problem for most Ubisoft fans, but it does align with a trend that is worth mentioning. It follows a requirement that was initially introduced in 2023’s Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora and will also be the case with the upcoming Star Wars Outlaws.

As reported by VGC, pre-orders for the game are now available, and a notice on the front box art at retailers such as Best Buy and GameStop states: “Internet connection is necessary for game installation.” For Avatar, players had to install a day-one patch before being able to start the game. However, both Shadows and Outlaws come with a warning prominently displayed on the front of the box.

The lack of a clear explanation for this requirement raises concerns about the long-term preservation of the game, particularly if the servers are eventually shut down. In December, Ubisoft made the decision to delist the original The Crew, effectively ending its run. This unfortunate event may not be the last time we see a game meet a similar fate.

What are your thoughts on Ubisoft’s requirement of an online connection for the installation of its flagship games? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below.

 

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