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Dwelling on Destiny

February 22, 2013 - 12:32am -- innuendo

This week Bungie has let loose some details regarding their upcoming MMOFPS Destiny. As a long time Halo player I of course was interested in the news and watched it all closely. What I found was Bungie highlighting some features ArenaNet had mentioned before launch. Ideas I just can’t get out of my mind.

On an average day, after you subtract work and sleep, I get about 4-6 hours of time I could spend in front of my pc at home (aka “The Guild Wars Box”). Take out time for my daughter and homely duties, I get maybe an hour or so a day to spend in game. On the flip side I spend every waking moment with my smartphone.

The reveal of Destiny had a lot of things in it, but the one my mind keeps wandering back to is the preview clips of the mobile app. They showed off the character sheet, and push notifications, and response to friends in game. Well before launch of Guild Wars 2 we saw preview shots of similar sorts of features dubbed “the extended experience.” 

Some people have connected some dots and it looks like staff shuffling at ArenaNet and a possible change in priorities has caused the extended experience to go from a headline feature to a back burner pipe dream. I’m not saying I disagree with that prioritization, there are a lot of things that the core game needs, and is hopefully getting soon, but I can’t shake the feeling we are missing something amazing. Maybe not something necessary, but something amazing.

It’s a confluence of reasons that are pushing this idea to the forefront of my mind. First, as I explained above, I just don’t get as much PC time these days as I would like, and getting to dip my toes into the game from anywhere coughworkcough would be, in a word, awesome. Second, I can’t help but let my mind wander after the Destiny reveal about what could have been. The ability to ping and message friends in game would be awesome. Especially if you are in a WvW guild that relies on communication at all times to succeed.

Even seemingly silly stuff would be awesome to have at my fingertips. Just getting to review builds and theorycraft is great. Yes there are websites, but it’s not the same as looking at your character and your gear (something blizzard does extremely well in Diablo III and WoW). I could list features all day, and that’s why I can’t shake this thought. There is simply so much untapped potential in this space, and it would be a shame to see Bungie capitalize on something ArenaNet promised 2 years before (nothing against Bungie).

The Gathering Storm is coming soon, and this “small” patch has turned out to be quite a big one. So even if it’s impractical to dream, it would be amazing if we started hearing more about the extended experience. My busy schedule (and overactive imagination) would surely appreciate it. 

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I been hoping for them to put this in, but all I have seen is an answer somewhere that it was put on a shelf.

 

As for the character viewer and the ability to theorycraft and look at other players stats and whatnot, it was also talked about as a part of the extended experience, but has since been dropped. Its of course true as you say,  that other things must have higher priority, but its still sad.. :/

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Hmm

http://www.arena.net/jobs/

 

I guess they are hiring both web and mobile dev's, so things might be in the works. Looking at the mobile job description it says "recently announced iPad/iPhone map viewer for GW2," which sounds interesting... :)

 

So its not totally in the basket I guess

 

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I too am very much looking forward to this kind of feature. Being able to keep up with things in game while at work would help me a great deal in taking my mind away from the tedium that is my job. I hope Anet pulls something out of their bag of tricks soon.

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