Hot off the press! Bungie just dropped this week's TWAB and it's a doozy! Check it out below!
THIS WEEK AT BUNGIE - 07/12/2018
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This week at Bungie, Lord Saladin is ornamenting the Guardians again.
Iron Banner is back, and not even for the last time in Season 3. There are matches to be won, ranks to earn, and rewards to collect. This is also your one and only chance to enjoy some 6v6 combat in theDestiny 2Crucible – for one more week, at least.
Update 1.2.3 lands on Tuesday. With it, Quickplay will evolve to become a 6v6 engagement. Between now and then, our old friend the Iron Lord is the only one with the hookup.
That’s great, Bungie, but what about us solo players?
Rumble is also coming back in Update 1.2.3!
What about those of us who aren’t Crucible warriors, Bungie?
We have other news to report for those of you who prefer to focus your fire on the enemies of humanity.
Let’s dig in and take a look at everything in our immediate future.
When you light out into the wild in search of action and adventure, the fighting is all the sweeter when you have more ways to reap the rewards. In Update 1.2.3, we’re expanding on that experience with new bounties forDestiny 2.Senior Design Lead Tyson Green, who some suspect is actually the Cryptarch in his spare time, has some thoughts on what we want to accomplish with this addition to the player experience.
Tyson: With the original launch ofDestiny, bounties provided a set of daily objectives that players could use to advance faction reputation or earn XP to level up their gear. These were removed to streamline the activity experience inDestiny 2and reduce the number of “chores” that players felt compelled to complete every day. In retrospect, we realized that was an over-correction, and optional daily objectives to achieve specific goals are something we want to restore.
The bounties returning toDestiny 2in Update 1.2.3 are a return to most of the properties of bounties inThe Taken King. They will be obtained from a variety of vendors, they will generally award XP and faction reputation (though some will offer even better rewards), and can be redeemed “in the field” to immediately claim your rewards. InForsaken, you may also see some bounties drop in the wild.
There are two new mechanics. Bounties will expire if left uncompleted, and acquiring them will cost a small amount of Glimmer. We wanted to avoid the “grab every bounty you see until your inventory is packed and sort them out later” experience without constraining players to the tiny inventory they found in previous iterations of the game.
InForsaken, more vendors will have more bounties on offer, and some will provide Legendary (or better) rewards for completing them.
It’s fair to observe that we didn’t answer every question you might ask about the return of bounties. What would be the fun in that? You’ll discover exactly how they work and where you can find them next week, and in all the weeks that will follow.
For the Kids
At the time of this posting, one storm is dissipating online while another one gathers in real life. The GuardianCon fundraising stream is over, with millions of dollars raised for charity. Once again, we are left stunned by the passion and goodwill exhibited by the community. Congratulations to everyone who pitched in and ran their leg of the marathon.
Tomorrow, the after party begins inside the Tampa Convention Center, and the celebration is shaping up to be thunderous. We’ll be on hand to commit all challengers to teams of four to battle each other in Gambit. This is your final blog reminder that we’re also hosting an epic clash of content creators you may know on their mainstage.
In today's Destiny 2: Forsaken feature, we take a look at the Exotic Auto Rifle Cerberus +1, which harnesses the power of Contra's Spread Gun (and four separate barrels) to deliver devastating damage in seconds.https://t.co/guj5sqozqYpic.twitter.com/uUQbO3JuAJ
Keep an eye on 'em. They’re not done showing off what awaits you this September.
Update 1.2.3 will deploy on Tuesday, July 17. Destiny Player Support will have more information concerning deployment times and download sizeshere, but we have a quick preview of what to expect next week:
Misc Quality of Life Changes
PC Clan Chat: Adds a new in-game text chat channel that allows onlineDestiny 2clan members to communicate.
Once all Mercury Forge weapons have been obtained, they become available for direct purchase from Brother Vance in the Lighthouse (on the second vendor page).
Removed momentum from Heroic Adventures.
The Pursuits inventory bucket has been moved to the top of the inventory categories.
Commas have been added to large numbers as separators on the IGCR and PGCR.
Exotic Armor Fixes
Fixed an issue that was causing targets marked by Sanguine Alchemy to produce orbs when defeated.
Fixed an issue that caused Starfire Protocol to not work with Dawnblade's Attunement of Sky ability path.
Fixed an issue that prevented Warlock melee attack damage when using the Ophidian Aspect Exotic and the Hive Swords or orb carry objects.
Additionally, some Heroic Strike Modifiers will be given slight adjustments in response to player feedback.Test Engineer Drew Martineauhas a quick round of developer commentary on the goal of these changes:
Since the release of Update 1.1.3, we’ve been collecting player feedback concerning Heroic strike modifiers. On Tuesday, three of the more punishing modifiers will receive some adjustments. Ultimately, we want your Power, stats, and armor modifications to matter, and we realized that our debuff modifiers were a little too powerful to allow players to see their impact. Here’s what you can expect:
Blackout: We wanted to ensure that enemy melees are threatening, but this shouldn't dismiss a player’s Power progression or the stats they chose to invest in with their armor. As such, this modifier is changing somewhat: it still increases enemy melee damage significantly, but it’s now no longer a guarantee of players being defeated by a single melee from many enemies. Be careful, though! If you’re not at the recommended Power for the Heroic Strikes playlist, your enemies will be more powerful and pack a harder punch.
Grounded: There are many times players are considered "airborne" when they're not actually jumping. To account for that, we are reducing the damage threshold so players aren't punished for things outside of their control. Additionally, we’re looking to prevent players from falling to their demise from a height of 2 meters, just as they happen to land on a rock or some other small object.
Glass: This modifier reduces a Guardian’s shields and health while increasing recovery. We slightly reduced the impact of this modifier to better enable players to see the effects of their overall Power progression over time.
Stay tuned to bungie.net next week for the full patch notes, expected to become available at 9 a.m. PDT on Tuesday, July 17, 2018.
Over the past few months, we’ve been testing a new feature called the Prismatic Matrix. When wefirst announcedthis new reward system, we stated our goals for the experiment:
Give players more control over how they earn Eververse items
Offer a more predictable path each week that guarantees access to specific items
Drop fewer duplicate items
This week, the user interface calls specific attention to the limited time of the feature. To explain our previous objectives and future plans, here are some thoughts from the design team:
The original intent of the Prismatic Matrix was for it to be a special event—something to help players round out their collections, as the odds of earning the items that were eluding them improved as they continued to earn Bright Engrams. We had a limited number of weeks scheduled, designed to keep repetition to a minimum. That schedule of curated offerings is coming to an end, so the feature will be going on temporary hiatus starting next week. Thanks to some good feedback about this new feature, we’ve learned how we can make it better, so we’ll continue to support it inForsaken. We look forward to your continued feedback and are excited to relaunch the Prismatic Matrix in the next season ofDestiny 2.
There will be more on this topic soon. Before the launch in September, we’ll update this conversation with a full preview for how the Eververse Trading Company will be evolving to better serve you.
The Player Support Report
Community management involves a lot more than going to conventions and posing for pictures. Serving the Guardians is a team effort, and some of us are more tactical than others. The specialists on the Player Support Team are experts on how the game evolves over time.
This is their report.
Moments of Triumph
On July 7, we launched Moments of Triumph on Bungie.net and the Destiny Companion. Destiny 2 players can nowtrack their Triumphs onlinebefore they go live in-game with the Solstice of Heroes live event. The following is vital information that players should be aware of for Moments of Triumph:
Progress toward Triumphs and event rewards may be lost if players delete any characters on their account. For the best experience, it is recommended that players do not delete any characters until all desired rewards have been redeemed and Solstice of Heroes concludes on August 28, 2018.
Players will not be able to redeem completed Triumphs for points or rewards untilSolstice of Heroes goes live in Destiny 2 on July 31, 2018.
Next Tuesday, July 17, at 10 a.m. PDT, Destiny 2 Update 1.2.3 will become available to players. To allow players to download and install this update and prepare for the launch of Prestige raid lairs,“Leviathan, Eater of Worlds” and “Leviathan, Spire of Stars” will be temporarily disabled. These activities will become available for players to compete for World First at the following times:
“Leviathan, Eater of Worlds” Prestige, 11 a.m. PDT on July 17
“Leviathan, Spire of Stars” Prestige, 10 a.m. PDT on July 18
Last week, we conducted the Destiny 2 free trial weekend on Battle.net. While players who participated can choose to keep Destiny 2 installed on their PC for use in future free trial weekends, they will receive SAXOPHONE errors if they do not own Destiny 2 when they attempt to launch the game outside of promotional periods.
For more information regarding trial access, players should visit ourDestiny 2Trialhelp article.
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