Recent controversy about the game’s questionable XP system has prompted developer Bungie to cancel its plans for another expansion livestream tonight and publish an update on the studio’s blog instead, explaining exactly what’s what, and how we can totally make this relationship work, babe.
“We are investing all our efforts into delivering some higher priority information about Destiny 2,” community manager David “DeeJ” Dague announced on the game’s forum. “You’ll hear from studio leadership about their assessment of Destiny all up, they’ll talk about our goals for the game going forward, and you’ll also learn about how we’re reacting to your feedback with some game updates that will arrive in the next few weeks.”
The scandal started over the weekend when users worked out that in-game XP numbers were apparently misrepresented, with players over level 20 earning substantially less than they were supposed to in public events and other activities. Bungie acknowledged the problem, but at the same time also kind of owned up to having implemented a system of diminishing returns on purpose for whatever reason. Something to do with those buy-with-real-cash engrams? Maybe.
With public outrage about unscrupulous in-game economies already massing into a drama-o-rama of intergalactic proportions, Bungie is in a very precarious position here, but I bet adding multiple-use shaders to the game would help.