“We used to wait to talk about game updates until we were certain we could meet our deadlines to avoid letting players down if we changed our plans. No longer,” opens the Destiny 2 development roadmap from director Christopher Barrett. Sure enough, Bungie has laid out a long list of changes that are in the works in the immediate and distant future of the multiplayer FPS.
First, and certainly more pressing among the game’s forumgoers, is the question of Eververse and its impact on the game to this point. Barrett admitted that “the scales are tipped too far towards Tess” the Eververse trader, and so rewards will be pulled from Bright Engrams and returned to activity rewards with upcoming Seasons in the game, including Ghosts, Sparrows, and ships. Barrett is also promising an unexplained “gameplay path” to Bright Engram rewards as well as direct purchase options for players to get the items they want.
The changes in question are due to arrive for Destiny 2’s Crimson Days event, which is set to begin on February 13th. Clearing a raid, Nightfall, and event milestone will grant exclusive rewards like Legendary Emotes and weapon skins. Crimson Engrams will also be granted with each level up on top of Illuminated Engrams and will also drop from completing event milestones and matches.
The next major update to Destiny 2 lands on January 30th, where Masterwork Armor will be introduced to the game and raid rewards are being tuned to be more unique, including mods with raid-specific perks.
An update in February will replace the Nightfall time limit with a Strike scoring system similar to Destiny 1, but with adjustments for competitive execution of Strike objectives and the ability for players to select score modifiers. Mods will also receive a rework, along with Quickplay rule modifications, a Tower chat for PC players and more. The date for these changes was not provided.
The write-up went even further into Spring and Autumn of 2018, with plans to add ranks to Crucible, bring 6v6 matches back, and bring back the Mayhem event. End game pursuits, Masterwork Exotics, clan chat for PC players and other additions are all planned.
Of course, as Barrett stated, the further out from the present plans are, the more likely the arrival date of features is subject to change. That said, you’re welcome to read the updates in full and see what’s coming for yourself.
Bungie has a long way to go in rebuilding the bridge between itself and player trust, but these adjustments seem like a good start. We appreciate that a great number of these changes will take time to develop, but it would be beneficial for the health of Destiny 2 to get these updates out sooner rather than later if at all possible.
Source: Bungie website