Halo. Destiny. What’s next from Bungie? Does it matter? I don’t know if it matters, but it is Matter. At least, it might be, if a recent trademark registration made by the developer is anything to go by.
As Bungie and Activision keep on digging Destiny 2’s grave, a recent job posting by Bungie on their website points to the studio’s future plans for the franchise, the Eververse store, microtransactions, and player progression. The gaming industry has had a fire lit under its feet from gamers who are rejecting odious DLC and microtransaction practices, and Destiny 2 was found to be particularly predatory in how it made players grind for XP. This week, the Curse of Osiris DLC locked base game content behind a paywall. Last week, Bungie nerfed player progression for all players after turning off their XP scaling system. There’s no end to the crazy headlines and no relief for gamers, and it looks like the studio might plan for it to remain that way in the future.
With the recent controversies over loot boxes, pay-to-win strategies and psychologically manipulating gamers to spend more money on AAA titles in the news, it should come as no surprise that another AAA title has been accused of the same thing. On Friday, a Reddit thread popped up where a user by the name of EnergiserX documented their XP earnings in public events to figure out if Bungie was somehow nerfing the player’s ability to progress further in the game once they had reached level 20.
As it turns out, there was something wonky going on, and the reveal was big enough to make Bungie issue a press statement during the weekend with the promise to fix the issue in the coming weeks. Destiny 2 now joins Star Wars Battlefront 2 and Need for Speed Payback in earning the ire of its fan base, and Bungie’s steps to fix the issue haven’t helped quieten things down. Who’s next?
Yesterday we reported on a rumour that Destiny 2 players were being banned from their games just because they were running overlay software like MSI Afterburner, Discord, or Fraps. If this sounds familiar to you, that’s because Rockstar Games had the same issue with Grand Theft Auto V, banning people who used overlays in the game like Discord or Afterburner. The issue has taken the Destiny community by storm, and there are hundreds of posts and forum threads on the issue. While Bungie’s community rep and the game’s lead developer on PC did reply to players on this issue before, Bungie has officially claimed that game overlays weren’t the issue.
This past weekend, Bungie revealed that Destiny 2 managed to hit an impressive high of 1.2 million concurrent players, all simultaneously shootin’-and-lootin’ their way through the game. That’s an incredible milestone, especially considering that it doesn’t include the PC version of the game, which is only launching towards the end of next month.
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