Fresh news, Destiny 2 fans. Luke Smith, game designer for Bungie and director of Destiny 2, has announced that new changes are coming to the sci-fi shooter, due in December.
While there are only a few details as yet, Smith’s tweet revealed that the adjustments will be centred around how players with interact with vendors, tokens, legendary shards, new reward systems for weapons and armor, “and more”.
Next week the Destiny 2 team will detail the systems side of the December update.
It includes: economy updates (vendors & acquiring their gear, tokens, legendary shards), investment updates (new reward systems for weapons & armor) gameplay updates, and more. (1/2)
— Luke Smith (@thislukesmith) 25 November 2017
This update comes shortly after the game’s release, Destiny 2 having been let loose on the public a mere two months ago for consoles, and last month for PC.
These changes are also arriving on the tail-end of the experience point system overhaul, in which players discovered that they were not receiving as many experience points as they should have been during certain game modes.
The outcry after this discovery prompted Bungie to switch off certain sections of the experience point system.
The following comes from the official Destiny blog:
“We’ve seen community discussion around XP gain in ‘Destiny.’ After reviewing our data, we agree that the system is not performing the way we’d like it to. Today, we’d like to describe what’s going on under the hood, and talk about what you can expect going forward when it comes to earning XP in ‘Destiny 2′.
Currently, XP will scale up when playing longer or fixed duration activities like Crucible competitive multiplayer matches and the Leviathan Raid, and XP will scale down when playing activities that can be quickly, repeatedly chained, like grinding Public Events. We are not happy with the results, and we’ve heard the same from the community.
Effective immediately, we are deactivating this system.
As a result, players will see XP earn rates change for all activities across the board, but with all values being displayed consistently in the user interface. Over the course of the next week, we will be watching and reviewing XP game data to ensure that these changes meet our expectations, as well as yours. Any additional updates to this system will be communicated to you via our official channels.”
This quick response was likely spurred one by the controversy generated by EA’s Battlefront II. Considering that Destiny 2 also includes lootboxes in the form of Engrams, Bungie was likely desperate to avoid the same fate as EA’s latest entry into the Star Wars universe and Battlefront series.
Smith also added that fans can look forward to a live Q&A later in the week, in which the Bungie team will be addressing questions from the audience, as well as dealing with general community feedback.
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