Recently Bungie took the relatively bold step to cancel the third and final stream advertising various aspects of the upcoming DLC Curse of Osiris. Instead of this stream they opted to put the minds of the community to rest by speaking on several key topics that have been extensively requested over the 3 months since Destiny 2 released. I want to talk about my problem with how they are releasing all of the changes they detailed.
In their blog post detailing all of the changes we can expect to see in the update on December 5th, 12th and “early” next year they impressed upon their readers that this was the start of the conversation between the community and Bungie about the direction the game will be taking from now on. This is good new; isn’t it? On paper yes I think this is good news, my problem lies with the fact that firstly we are three months into the life cycle of the game, how can this conversation only just be starting? Secondly we are now in the fourth year of the journey of Destiny, the problems that a lot of the community have, were created in Destiny 2, where they were’t present in Year 3 of Destiny 1, such as repeating end game and enjoyable Strike Playlist to name two. I don’t want to go off the point too much, as this topic of game system regressions is one that I could spend all too much time ranting about, so I digress. Let us then embrace the fact that they are starting this conversation at all, and ignore the fact that they are far to late to this party. My main issue with their blog post is that it is just too big. Let me explain.
Ever since the launch of Destiny 2 on September 6th, there have been a total of 10 hot fix patches released for the game, these fixed nothing more than bugs such as emotes allowing access to unintended places. There was a “proper” update for the game released on September 25th which contained the Faction Rally event, which as many players will attest, held little reason to return to the game if you had already moved away from it. Back to my point that the blog post was too big, there are 10 major new additions or tweaks to the game announced, ranging from the new Masterwork system for weapons, to purchasing Legendary Engrams for Legendary Shards. There was a very exiting list of additions that will hopefully be the start of the road towards making the game that Destiny 2 arguably should and could be. My problem is that this is a veritable avalanche of highly requested features that will be dumped upon the heads of players in one go, after receiving nought from Bungie for three whole months. Taking aside the fact that these features would have been very welcome when the game launched, why couldn’t Bungie have drip fed these changes to us over the last three months? The community is complaining about set rolls on all weapons? The next This Week at Bungie(TWAB) should have roughly outlined the Masterwork system they were working on, and said they would be able to deliver it within the next few weeks. Next week people are crying out for different things to spend their Legendary Marks on, the ensuing TWAB should again outline the ideas they have for new ways to spend Legendary Marks and pledge that these changes will be implemented into the game by the release of the first DLC at the very latest. I could repeat the same point for all of the major changes they have outlined but I’m sure you get my point. For a company as large as Bungie, and a game that once was, and will hopefully return to the millions of people who have played Destiny 2, their lack of communication both feels like a slap in the face to the devoted fans of the game, but also highly detrimental to the game itself. I can say with the utmost certainty that I would not have put the game down after “only” 100 hours if some of these changes had been added to the game sporadically over the last few months.
Both the game Destiny, and the developer Bungie can get better, and I truly hope do get better. I have tried to be constructive and offer ways in which Bungie could better serve the community of Destiny fans. As always I would very much like to hear all your thoughts on the issues I’ve raised above, either in the comments below or on Twitter.
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My name is Ed, I write everything here, covering all kinds of games, but I only play them on the PS4!