As promised, Bungie has delivered particulars on the place Destiny 2 is headed. Since launch, there have been complaints from the hardcore fanbase concerning the lack of an actual end-game and poor communication from Bungie, amongst different issues. In the present day’s preview, which took the place of a canceled Curse of Osiris livestream, is supposed to handle a lot of this.
Stating that Bungie must be “extra open,” director Luke Smith and venture lead Chris Barrett said that the studio plans to refocus its efforts on catering to gamers who wish to benefit from the recreation long-term: “Going ahead, Future 2’s post-launch recreation programs, options, and updates are being designed particularly to give attention to and assist gamers who need Future to be their hobby–the recreation they return to, and a recreation the place friendships are made. We would like Future to be a recreation that matches into your life, offering you with causes to log in and play with your pals, clans, and households. We would like Future to be a world you wish to be part of.”
Bungie outlined its plans for 2 updates coming subsequent month that can begin this course of. The primary of those comes on December 5, alongside Curse of Osiris, with one other following on December 12. The studio’s said targets for these patches are as follows: “Deepen rewards for superior gamers; present extra participant management over acquiring rewards; make Shards helpful by including issues to make use of them for; present normal high quality fixes wherever doable.”
Within the December 5 replace, new Armor Ornaments might be added for “some” present armor. These will let you get hold of a brand new search for your gear with out affecting your Shaders or Mods. Armor units could have a set of aims to finish, and doing so will unlock Ornaments on your complete account. These units could have Ornaments in Season 2, which begins on December 5:
- Vanguard Faction Armor
- Crucible Faction Armor
- Trials of the 9 Armor
- Iron Banner Armor
- Useless Orbit Armor
- Future Battle Cult Armor
- New Monarchy Armor
- Eater of Worlds Raid Lair Armor
Additionally on December 5, there might be modifications to how mods are acquired from Banshee. Uncommon Mods may be dismantled for Gunsmith Supplies and “have an opportunity to provide Legendary high quality Mod Parts.” Banshee can even promote particular Legendary Mods, together with these for Kinetic weapons. The lineup will change each day, with the value being a mix of Legendary Shards and Mod Parts. Moreover, Grasp Rahool will promote Legendary Engrams, which might be a method of acquiring Masterworks (extra on these beneath). Status Tokens will now be obtained in better portions and in additional methods, although the quantity of status required to acquire an Engram can even enhance.
The larger modifications come within the December 12 replace. Bungie will introduce Masterworks variations of Legendary weapons; these observe and show your kills with that weapon (and may be set to point out Crucible kills or complete kills), create Orbs when securing multi-kills, and have weapon stat bonuses which might be “chosen randomly from a small pool and are re-rollable.” That half is especially essential, as a typical grievance is that weapon duplicates are successfully nugatory within the present recreation.
Masterworks may be obtained by means of drops when you hit Energy degree 250, or Legendaries may be upgraded into them. To perform the latter, you possibly can dismantle Masterworks to acquire supplies that you’re going to then use to boost a Legendary you personal. Bungie notes that weapons from the Raid and Trials of the 9 have a “very excessive likelihood” to drop as Masterworks. It additionally states that there are plans for Masterworks variations of different sorts of gear, and so as to add extra methods on your kill counts to be displayed, corresponding to on the Crucible kill display screen.
The December 12 replace additionally introduces the choice to immediately buy Faction armor and weapons for Legendary Shards and Faction Tokens from “most” Faction distributors. The choice will all the time embody every armor slot, whereas weapons will rotate weekly (for Factions that supply them). These totally different slots might be unlocked as you declare Engram rewards for every Faction–and any you have earned beforehand will depend towards unlocking these.
Lastly, Xur could have new objects on supply weekly. Fated Engrams may be bought for Legendary Shards and can decrypt into Exotics that you do not already personal, and there might be a brand new Three of Cash merchandise for buy with Legendary Shards. This Three of Cash might be simpler to make use of than that of the primary recreation; right here, they will merely present a lift to Unique drop charges from all sources for 4 hours. Zavala and Shaxx will each promote some new objects, and–in perhaps probably the most welcome change of all–vendors will solely have a notification icon once you even have sufficient Tokens to acquire an Engram.
Bungie’s submit additionally offered details on the recent Destiny 2 XP controversy, vowing to make further changes. It additionally reiterated its promise to speak extra successfully, stating, “Going ahead, we plan to proceed this dialog as overtly and regularly as doable. This might be an ongoing course of, however one which we’re dedicated to.” The developer additionally plans to launch a podcast this week the place it should additional talk about the state of Future 2. There is no actual date for when that can arrive, however within the meantime, you possibly can try some new Destiny 2 Curse of Osiris Crucible maps, or see the complete listing of introduced modifications within the December updates and past here.