‘Destiny 2’ set to add private multiplayer matches in 2018

Destiny 2 is one of the best first-person shooters of the year, and its competitive multiplayer “Crucible” mode has had a large hand in keeping the game engaging in the nearly two months it has been in the wild. But if you have been waiting for the chance to blast away at your friends — and only your friends — in the Crucible, you won’t have to wait much longer.

In a recent update post on Bungie’s website, game director Christopher Barrett revealed that private multiplayer matches were in the works, with an estimated early 2018 release date. Currently, your only options for the Crucible are the casual “quickplay” and more intense “competitive” modes, both of which use matchmaking instead of invitations exclusively.

“We’ve been playing the game in the wild for seven weeks, and like the Destiny experiences that have come before, we’re always thinking about where the game is heading next,” Barrett said.

A number of other changes are being made to the Crucible, including adjusted scoring in the “Supremacy” game mode, as well as “better incentives for completing Crucible matches” and harsher penalties for those who quit.

On the cooperative and single-player front, Destiny 2 is also evolving over time. Bungie is working to reduce the number of duplicate Exotic gear drops, as well as better rewards for activities like Lost Sectors, Strikes, and adventures.

Currently, these activities offer rewards that aren’t particularly valuable to players with a Power Level over around 265, as the dropped items begin to plateau. Instead, players have to take part in Crucible matches, Flashpoints, Nightfall Strikes, the Leviathan raid, and Trials of the Nine in order to earn more powerful equipment.

Other changes coming to Destiny 2 in the future include new ways to spend Legendary Shards. Currently, they’re used to increase the level of an existing piece of gear, but not much else. There will also be new ways to spend “surplus currency,” so you won’t be walking around with thousands of unspent Glimmer in your inventory all the time.

Destiny 2 is now available for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and as of October 24, PC. For tips on conquering the Crucible, check out our guide.

Gaming

Bethesda explains why ‘Fallout 76’ players using secret room are banned

Following a series of bans in Fallout 76 brought on by players entering a secret room in the game, Bethesda has explain exactly why these players' accounts have been temporarily deactivated.
Gaming

This list of PlayStation 4 exclusives puts its competitors to shame

The PlayStation 4's game library and incredible selection of exclusive games could make anyone with an Xbox One or Nintendo Switch think twice. Here's our list of the latest and greatest PS4 exclusives.
Gaming

Xbox One X vs. PS4 Pro: Which console is more powerful?

Far from cooling down, the console wars are only getting more intense. We compare Microsoft's Xbox One X to Sony's PlayStation 4 Pro to help you decide which premium console is right for you.
Gaming

Everything we know about 'Red Dead Online', including the new mode Gun Rush

Red Dead Online will gradually rolled out to Red Dead Redemption 2 players via a beta. We've got all the details about the beta's suite of competitive and cooperative modes, as well as what to expect going forward.
Gaming

Blizzard’s latest hiring spree is likely for the unannounced ‘Diablo 4’

Activision Blizzard is hiring for more than a dozen positions on unannounced Diablo projects. Some of the roles are likely for the unannounced Diablo 4, the next mainline entry in the series.
Gaming

Fortnite V-Bucks being used by criminals for money laundering on dark web

Criminals are using Fortnite's V-Bucks for money laundering schemes on the dark web. Epic Games, apparently, is not doing enough to prevent the game from being used for the illegal activity.
Emerging Tech

Awesome Tech You Can’t Buy Yet: camera with A.I. director, robot arm assistant

Check out our roundup of the best new crowdfunding projects and product announcements that hit the web this week. You may not be able to buy this stuff yet, but it sure is fun to gawk!
Gaming

Relive the 8-bit gaming era with the best NES emulators for Android and PC

For years prior to the release of the NES Classic, emulators have offered a means to every NES game ever created without needing the console. Here are the best NES emulators for Android and PC.
Gaming

Mortal Kombat 11 Kollector’s Edition comes with a life-size Scorpion mask

The Mortal Kombat 11 Kollector's Edition will come with a human-sized replica of the mask of Scorpion, one of the most iconic fighters of the series. NetherRealm Studios has also announced the game's preorder bonuses.
Gaming

Xbox app lets you access your console while away from home. Here's how

Microsoft's Xbox allows you to access your profile information and launch media content directly from your mobile device. Check out our quick guide on how to connect your smartphone to an Xbox One.
Gaming

These are the best indie games you can get on PC right now

Though many indie games now come to consoles as well, there's still a much larger selection on PC. With that in mind, we've created a list of the best indie games for PC, with an emphasis on games that are only available on PC.
Gaming

Goodbye, Machinima: YouTube gaming channel pulls the plug after 13 years

Machinima, a YouTube gaming channel that was launched in 2006, has suddenly shut down, with all of its videos set to private. The #RIPMachinima hashtag is now making the rounds in social media to reminisce about the channel's content.
Gaming

Overkill’s ‘The Walking Dead’ delayed indefinitely for PlayStation 4, Xbox One

Overkill's The Walking Dead for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One have been postponed without a new release date. The co-op zombie shooter suffered massive delays, then received lukewarm reviews once it launched for the PC through Steam.
Gaming

The hottest Nintendo Switch games you can get right now

The Nintendo Switch's lineup started off small, but games have steadily released as the console continues through its second year. Here are the best Nintendo Switch games available now.