Bungie has shared details of Destiny 2
content and changes planned for 2018, apparently hoping to improve relationships with their player base with evidence that they are responding to feedback. Highlights include private PvP matches, increased vault space, fireteam members appearing on maps, and reduced repetition in playlists and exotic drops.
On the downside, it appears there is no resolution in sight for the thorny issue of XP rates
. This issue angered the Destiny 2
community first when players identified an XP cooldown mechanism apparently geared to boost microtransactions, then again when Bungie disabled the mechanism while simultaneously increasing XP requirements for levelling and earning Bright Engrams. The development update below acknowledges that the position of Eververse is currently too strong and outlines Bungie's plan to fix this by shifting emphasis from earning Bright Engrams to improved activity rewards. Good implementation of this strategy could go a long way towards reducing residual anger about the XP cooldown, but at the risk of reigniting the issue if players perceive they are losing out yet again as a result of the changes.
The team has been hard at work and we’re ready to share where we are headed. We used to wait to talk about game updates until we were certain we could meet our deadlines to avoid letting players down if we changed our plans. No longer. We’re not just listening, we are doing. Please keep in mind that the further out we make promises, the more they are subject to change. With that caveat, here are our plans.
Destiny Content Categories
One thing we want is to set clearer expectations for is which categories of content are available to everyone each Season, and which are exclusive to Destiny 2 Expansions:
- Expansions are purchasable updates that typically add new Story, Destinations, and Gear, as well as new Crucible, Strike, and Raid Lair content.
- Seasons introduce content that is made available to all players of Destiny 2, at no additional cost.
Iron Banner, Faction Rallies, and their rewards will be available to everyone as part of Season 2. Additionally, going forward we are making a change that new Seasonal rewards from Crucible, Strikes, and Trials of the Nine will be available to all players.
Faction Rallies returns on January 16 and Iron Banner will be back in the rotation on January 30.
We recognize that the scales are tipped too far towards Tess at the moment, and Eververse was never intended to be a substitute for end game content and rewards. So, we’ll be making three changes for upcoming Seasons:
- We’re shifting the balance of new content in favor of activity rewards over Bright Engrams. This includes adding Ghosts, Sparrows, and ships (to date found only in Bright Engrams) to achievement reward pools.
- We'll provide a gameplay path to earn Bright Engrams and all contained rewards (including Event Engrams).
- We’ll give players more direct purchase options and make adjustments to Bright Engrams to allow players to get the items they want more often.
We’ve begun implementing these changes for the Crimson Days event beginning February 13 (with even more changes on the way in Season 3):
- Completing Nightfall, Raid, and Crimson Days milestones during Crimson Days will reward you an exclusive Legendary Emote, Weapon Skin, and Exotic Sparrow, respectively.
- Players will earn double engrams at level-up: one Crimson Engram and one Illuminated Engram for the duration of the event.
- Crimson Engrams can also drop from completing the Crimson Days match and from completing the Crimson Days milestone on each character.
- Each Crimson Engram is very strongly weighted to new rewards when decrypted until all new event items have been obtained.
We are still investigating changes to XP earn rates. Our goal with any updates to XP are transparency and consistent XP gain regardless of your preferred activity. Right now, it’s too slow in general and lopsided towards grinding specific activities (which is not a fun grind) and we want to fix that without making those activities low value to players who aren’t grinding them (fairness is cool). Our first attempt turned out to be unworkably buggy so we’re having to investigate other angles. We will continue to update you as we move forward.
There are three releases that we want to put on your radar right now. Later releases will get more specific dates as they get closer.The following content and features will be available to all D2 players, regardless of expansion ownership. January 30 UpdateFebruary UpdateSpring 2018 Fall 2018 (or sooner)
One Final Note
Expect to hear more from us via Bungie.net, Twitch, and social media. We’ll be talking to you more directly, and more often, as promised. We want to thank our community for all the passionate and detailed feedback you provide. It’s critical to our ability to continually improve Destiny, so thank you!
The next Destiny 2
update is due to drop on January 30th.