The idea of hosting in-game events that happen in real-time is slowly catching on. That’s largely thanks to Epic Games’ “Fortnite” and the success it has had with things like live map reveals and even in-game concerts with some of the biggest names in music.
Now, Bungie, the developer of “Destiny 2” is trying its hand at the format. It hosted its first ever live event on Saturday. Unfortunately, it was rather underwhelming, leaving many players feeling like they logged in just to be part of a glorified cut scene.
Bungie’s foray into live events didn’t go quite as planned. Over the last three months, the developer has been building up to something massive. It pitted the “Destiny” world’s artificial intelligence (AI) supercomputer, Rasputin, against a planet-destroying spaceship called the Almighty.
Throughout the past season, players have taken part in events to communicate with the AI character. They were asked to participate in a dizzying number of public activities to unlock a weapon from the original “Destiny” and an extra story mission. However, what intrigued players most was Bungie’s promise of more to come at the end of the season.
Many believed that the Almighty would crash into the game’s Tower social hub. Others predicted a sort of real-time battle that would permanently change the Tower.
In essence, what players got was a 90-minute slow-motion scene of the ship exploding and crashing. The event, scheduled to start at 1:00 p.m. ET was mired by a 20-minute delay. Users were quick to find the comedy in the event, taking to Twitter to pass the time.
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Eventually, the Almighty exploded and started crashing towards the ground. Players experienced bits of debris raining down. Aside from that, however, the entire event concluded with a crash landing and a shock wave in the background of the Tower. Supposedly, players who inspect the crash debris will get a special emblem.
Although Bungie’s “Destiny 2” event was cool in theory, it could have been spectacular. Then again, players might be spoiled due to similar events in “Fortnite.”
It’s impossible to forget the Travis Scott show which transformed the rapper into a skyscraper-sized hologram for more than 12 million players. Likewise, “Fortnite’s” unprecedented black hole event from last fall has proved that Epic has the technical capabilities to carry out magnificent stunts.
The events help keep “Fortnite” fresh and draw millions of players in time and time again. That success is why developers like Bungie are experimenting with the space.
For now, its approach remains nowhere near as sophisticated as Epic’s. Still, the event wasn’t a total flop. It does bring players closer to “Destiny 2’s” original promise of creating a shared, constantly-evolving world.
Moving forward, it will be interesting to see what Bungie has up its sleeves for its next live event—if it decides to try again. The developer certainly learned a thing or two from this one and should be able to improve on the second go-around.
Regardless, one thing is clear—gamers love live events and want to see more of them in their favorite games.