Bungie reveals future plans for Destiny events, lessons learned from player feedback
You gotta hand it to Bungie for not only addressing fan feedback, but also embracing the Destiny community’s feedback – no matter how critical or negative the minority can be. For Bungie, Destiny is the combination of all their strengths (solid sci-fi shooting and interesting visual design) but also a major departure from their post-launch support from the Halo games. Determined to make Destiny the greatest game it can be, Bungie are sticking with the ongoing events and admitting how previous ones could have been better.
According to the latest weekly news post on Bungie.net, players found reaching the highest rank in the Iron Banner to be too difficult to obtain, no matter how many hours they put into the game mode. This was largely due to progress being limited to the winning team only, which made a number of losing players quit games early and hindering the progress of everyone involved. There was also no required entry for the Iron Banner, something that earned the ire of many level 20+ Guardians but also low-level players who felt the damage was out of balance. The next Iron Banner will require a Fireteam leader to be at least level 20 – they can still bring their lower-level friends, but they will find the game to be an even bigger challenge as Bungie are ramping up the damage factor. Players who lose in the Iron Banner will receive a medallion that upon their next victory will reward a rank progression increase almost equal to that of a win in the Iron Banner – pretty good news for persistent Guardians.
The Queen’s Wrath event was also poorly received by the majority of Destiny players. Bungie have stated that it’s “going back in the oven” for now but you can be certain that a revision of the event will take place in the future. Here’s hoping players can earn ascendant energy or ascendant shards once they complete the armour set (which will also hopefully unlock less randomly).
In addition to tweaked events, players will also be able to re-roll weapon upgrades, which I feel is fantastic. This will make for more variety across Crucible participants, but also ensuring that players get the gear that suits their specific needs (hand-cannon build here I come!).
As I stated earlier, you’ve got to hand it to Bungie for addressing the community’s enthusiasm, critiques and complaints as Destiny goes on. If only other developers were as passionate as they are!
For more detailed information on the upcoming Destiny update, head to the latest news post on Bungie’s website.