Bungie Weekly Update – 10/15/2015

Oct 15, 2015 - DeeJ

This week at Bungie we’re talking about your rematch with Oryx, the return of Trials of Osiris, and (you guessed it) we’re talking about Shadowshot.

A funny thing happened on the way to the Lighthouse. It turns out that there’s a particularity nasty bug that would undoubtedly conspire to create a less competitive return to form for Trials of Osiris. We’re going to be intentionally vague here, for what we hope are obvious reasons!

We’re going to disable that bug before we invite you to take your next run at a 9-0. We’re also working on a final fix for the bug itself as soon as possible. As soon as we have a solid commitment for Brother Vance, we’ll make a formal announcement on when Trial of Osiris will begin again. We hope that most of you recognize the impact a limitless Nightstalker would have on the competitive landscape.

Thanks for your patience.

Another group that has been eager for a new challenge ever since they sent Oryx careening toward Saturn is our seasoned six-player Raid teams. If you’ve managed to slay the Taken King aboard his own fortress, you’re off to a good start, but your fight is far from finished. That battle is about to get a lot harder.

Originally, we’d planned to introduce King’s Fall Hard mode on October 30th, but the Raid team is ready to go, and we’ve decided to launch a little bit early.

King’s Fall Raid: Hard Mode
Friday, October 23rd
10 AM Pacific

Right about now, some of you are wondering what you can do to prepare. We won’t give you hints, but we’ll plot the difficulty incline. Recommended Light for Hard Mode is 300 – 320. The loot that will drop will be between 310 – 320. Gear up and mark your calendars.

Before the race for World First begins, we’ll share some more insights from the Raid design team that’s about to bring the real pain.

After Update 2.0.1

This week we deployed another update to Destiny. If you’ve downloaded its contents, you’ve very likely already discovered what’s new in year two. We brought Tess back to teach you some new moves. Lord Saladin is holding court in the Traveler’s Walk. We’ve also made some essential changes to the player experience.

We’ve been listening to the conversation over the past few days. Here are some answers to some of the most frequent questions you’ve been asking.


Indeed, we hear you. We’re looking at the data, as well. It’s too early to dig in and make any promises. We’ll talk more soon, once we get a full picture.

“Why am I not getting my Iron Banner rewards?”

Iron Banner has been both a test of skill and your best gear, as well as a way to get a new set of gilded armor and weapons. Legendary items won’t drop until you reach Rank 2 with Lord Saladin, and the pool expands as you continue to climb the ranks.

The premiere items we believe you’ll want to obtain are also available for purchase from Lord Saladin himself. Subsequent Iron Banner events will include additional pieces of gear.

“What are you doing about the lag in Iron Banner?”

If you’re manipulating network traffic, or if your connection is so bad that you’re unintentionally compromising the experience of other players, we’ll issue a temporary restriction from all Crucible activity. The first round of these restrictions went live yesterday. The second wave is happening as we speak. As always, we start small to ensure our tools are properly calibrated, and widen the net as we become more confident that we’re ensnaring the actual perpetrators of shenanigans. Fair Warning: We will also permanently ban repeat offenders!

When Trials of Osiris is live, we’ll be utilizing the same policy and technology. Play nice, and please make use of our in-game reporting tools should you come across a player you believe needs some extra time and attention from our team.

Our matchmaking engineers are also monitoring the overall health of the matchmaking pool writ large with an eye toward making improvements across the board. You’ll be hearing from that team about their progress in the weeks to come.

“How about those Nightfall rewards?”

There is another update inbound as soon as next week that will deliver more frequent and more powerful Legendary rewards to the Nightfall loot tables. We’ll save the specific numbers for the Patch Notes. And, of course, the best reality about the nature of those rewards will be found in your feedback.

“Someone datamined files that prove Tess will be selling King’s Fall consumables! You said you wouldn’t do that! Why are you doing that!?”

We’re not doing that. The files in question were actually first uncovered some time ago, well before the launch of Eververse Trading Company. They weren’t ever intended to be sold in exchange for Silver. What you’re seeing are remnant files for Three of Coins or Moldering Shard like items that would have been available from Xûr. Ultimately, the team decided that they didn’t have a place in the game, and cut them from the experience. You’re seeing some dust and echoes from the cutting room floor. 
Files that get datamined aren’t official sources of news, though we understand why they are intriguing.

“Why did you change the economy for Strange Coins and Weapon Parts?”

In Year 2, we took steps to streamline and simplify the economy for players, with hopes that providing more direct paths to gear and the stuff you needed to upgrade that gear would just be more satisfying across the board. Changes to economy of the game are made in the interest of preserving the value of the items in your inventory and ensuring that you have good uses for the things you’re saving. 

Weapon Parts, specifically, have been particularly vexing. Some players use a LOT of Parts, whereas others use almost none. Still, we are very aware that this is a choke point for some players, and further adjustments may be in order. 

In all cases, we're still watching our reports and listening to feedback, and we will continue to react to how things are going. 

Thanks for playing, and keep sounding off. Update 2.0.1 is not the first time we’ve made changes to Destiny, and it’s guaranteed not to be the last. You’re a part of that process, so keep the conversation lively wherever you’re having it.

Sterling Silver Support

If you’re a customer, we’re at your service. Destiny Player Support is devoted to make sure that both Bungie and Tess are doing a good piece of business with you. Here is what they want you to know this week.

DPS: With the launch of the Eververse Trading Co., Destiny Player Support has dropped some updates on the Help front this week to better assist you:

  • A new Guided Support has been created for all things Eververse and Silver. You can access this Guided Support anytime, anywhere by visting bungie.net/silver.

  • #Eververse help forums have been created for those with questions or issues regarding Silver or Eververse items. Please don’t post Silver or Eververse related topics on the #Help forum. Consider the #Help forum the town from Footloose.

  • We have created a Vital Information thread on the #Eververse forum to help track and communicate any and all updates Destiny Player Support may have.

If you encounter any issues purchasing Silver or interacting with any Eververse items, visit bungie.net/silver for a wealth of knowledge. If you encounter a Silver or Eververse Item issue that isn’t covered, let us know using the new reporting tools found within the new Guided Support.

Lastly, the return of Saladin to the Tower means Iron Banner is back on the Crucible menu. We’ve updated the Iron Banner FAQ to reflect the changes introduced for Year 2.


Don’t Just Stand There – Bust a Move

Now is the time in the Bungie Weekly Update when we dance.

Cozmo: It’s not unusual to see amazing fan created films here. This week was no exception. Many of you have already taken advantage of your new emotes to create some hilarious moments. As always, our winners will be getting special emblems reserved only for the creator of the Movie of the Week (and Honorable Mentions). We have a lot of selections this week. They were just too good to leave out.

Movie of the Week: Stop trying to stick me and stick me

Honorable Mention: Lined up for the grand opening

Honorable Mention: That feeling of betrayal

Honorable Mention: Oryx doesn’t care for your Raid time shenanigans

Honorable Mention: Another beautiful cover of Destiny music 

If you read all of this, you might have new questions in response to some of our answers to your old questions. The conversation about Destiny, like the game itself, is ever changing. There are plans in place, and we’ll keep you updated as we work behind the scenes to make them a reality. We’re right here every week, and every moment wherever you might be talking about the game.

So, keep talking!

DeeJ, out.
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