For those of us who are not attending Comic-Con this weekend, fear not. There are still fun ways to spend your weekend, especially if you’re a gamer. Recently, a few known titles have seen updates, expansions, and sequels, including Destiny 2, Diablo 3, and Splatoon 2.
First up is the Destiny 2 beta, which opens today for all console players! Those who pre-ordered on the PS4 gained access on the 18th and Xbox One on the 19th. The Destiny 2 beta gives players a small taste of story with roughly 15-20 minutes worth of gameplay followed by two different “Crucible” modes. Destiny favorite “Control,” as well as a new “Countdown” mode, which is attack and defend turn-based play, are 4v4. However, I am unsure if this format will remain the same at launch.
In addition to the “Crucible,” we are treated to a new strike called the “Inverted Spire,” which Bungie showed off at E3 earlier this year. Each guardian has two subclasses resembling some of what Destiny gave us, but adding a twist in Destiny 2. The Warlock class has the Voidwalker back again, as well as Dawnblade for players to try. The Hunter class has the Arcstrider, a variation of the Arc Blade, and the Gunslinger. The Titan class sees the return of the Striker subclass and The Sentinel, a variation on the Defender titan from the first game.
There will be a new social space during the beta called The Farm, however, The Farm will only be open from 10:00am PST on Sunday, July 23rd, until 11:00am of the same day. If you’re interested in visiting the new social space, you will have to be prompt on the servers that morning.
No Destiny 2 beta this weekend for PC players? No problem, Diablo 3 Season 11 has you covered. Blizzard’s latest addition to the Diablo family added the “Rise of the Necromancer” DLC. Season 11 brings some changes to the game, including old personal bests from Season 2 will now be removed from player stats, which will continue as the seasons move forward. They will not be clearing the leaderboards for the start of the season however, as stated on the games official blog page.
If you’re looking to get some time on your Nintendo Switch this weekend, Splatoon 2 drops today, with more Splat and paint for you to enjoy with friends. Splatoon 2 features the addition of dual-wielding pistols, Splat Dualies. Players can also stick with the popular classics of chargers and rollers, which have been revamped for the game’s second outing.
Splatoon 2 will feature new weapons, 4v4 multiplayer battles, Salmon Run, and a horde mode where 2-4 players can team up to defeat waves of enemies. Local and online multiplayer are supported.
So, there is still lots of fun to be had, even if you can’t make it to Comic-Con this weekend. If you’d like to stay up to date on all things Comic-Con 2017, check out our coverage!