This Week at Bungie – 10/13/2016

Oct 13, 2016 - gitac0

This week at Bungie, we’re getting ready to shine some more Light on your Guardian.

If you consumed your dose of developer commentary last week, you know that the Heroic Mode of Wrath of the Machine arrives next week. A more challenging Raid is not all that’s about to change in Rise of Iron. With greater risk comes greater reward.

We have almost a full month of battling the Devil Splicers under our belt. In that time, we’ve studied your progression through these new adventures. We’ve also had time to react to what we’ve learned.

Before you embark on your next mission to destroy Aksis, there will be an update to download.

Lighten Up

To be a Guardian is to quest for greater power. On Tuesday, new avenues to higher Light will open up to you. Prepare to receive a fresh download. The vehicle for this evolution will be numbered 2.4.1.

When it comes to matters of investment and progression, our Live Team looks to Senior Designer Victoria Dollbaum. She’s the foremost authority on how the Engrams you find in the Plaguelands behave when you deliver them to the Archivist.

Victoria: On October 18th, corresponding with the release of Heroic Mode for Wrath of the Machine, your Maximum Light will be increased to 400. With this increase, many reward sources will also increase their maximum Light. Strike Hoards, Nightfall, Exotic Engrams, Trials of Osiris, Crucible, and Iron Banner will now provide rewards up to 400 Light. Archon’s Forge, the Heroic SIVA Strike playlist, and Legendary Engrams will now provide rewards up to 385 Light. Rare Engrams and the SIVA Strike Playlist will now provide rewards up to 365 Light. The recommended Light for these activities will remain the same with the exception of Nightfall, which will be increased to a recommended light of 380. For those striving to reach Heroic Wrath of the Machine or even attempt their first run at Normal Wrath of the Machine, players should find more paths and options available to them to reach the recommended Light.

For players forging their path through Wrath of the Machine, Trials of Osiris, and Iron Banner, these activities will now attempt to reward higher Light on average, compared to your current Light.
Artifacts and Ghosts were dropping from fewer sources than intended and have been added as Archon’s Forge completion rewards. These items will now drop up to 400 Light. In Faction Packages, the rate at which Ghosts are rewarded has been increased. Likewise, the rate of artifacts from Eris’ Faction Packages have been increased.

That’s just a preview of what you’ll find in 2.4.1. Deployment begins at approximately 10AM Pacific on Tuesday, October 18th. To ensure that all World-First-hopeful Fireteams have time to download the update, Heroic Mode for Wrath of the Machine will begin at 2PM Pacific on Tuesday, October 18th.

There are more changes to come. Those announcements are yet to be... unmasked. In the meantime, we’re looking for heroes to brave a harder Raid.

Known Knowns

When you talk on the Internet, it’s comforting to know that someone is listening. At Bungie, we maintain an entire team to do just that. We call them Destiny Player Support.

This is their report.

Destiny Update 2.4.1
As stated above, on Tuesday, October 18th, Destiny Update 2.4.1 will become available to players on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles. This update is expected to become available around 10:00 AM PDT. While there is no expected downtime, PlayStation 4 players will receive Error Code CAT, and be returned to the title screen. Xbox One players will be removed to the title screen after returning to orbit from an activity. Stay tuned to and @BungieHelp for additional information.

Destiny: Rise of Iron Known Issues
Since the release of Destiny Update 2.4.0, we have been collecting, investigating, and confirming player reports of issues impacting Destiny: Rise of Iron. All known issues that have been confirmed by Destiny Player Support may be found within the Destiny: Rise of Iron Known Issues thread. The following have been the highest trending on the #Help forum over the last three weeks:
  • Exotic Faction Class Item Quests may only be progressed if a player equips a “SPEKTAR” class item for the desired Faction. These may be found within Chroma Faction Reputation Packages.
  • Some Crucible Emblems from Trials of Osiris and Iron Banner may be unavailable from Emblem Collections.
  • SIVA Crisis Heroic Strikes currently do not progress the “Take a Strike” node within the Rise of Iron Record Book.

The following issues have recently been confirmed and added to our known issue list. Reports have been forwarded to the appropriate teams for further investigation.
  • The Trials of Osiris Shader “The Devoted” is not currently available in-game.
  • Known troubleshooting methods are not resolving issues impacting the Trophy/Achievement “Student of History.”
  • While progressing through the new Thorn Quest "A Light in the Dark," Shiro-4 will display a false waypoint in the Iron Temple.

We are also aware of reports that public forums were not appearing properly on the Destiny Companion App, and the Recruitment forum was impacted by performance issues. On Wednesday, October 12th, server side changes were made to address these issues. Players should be able to view all forums and interact with Recruitment posts once more. If you continue to experience issues when attempting to access features on the Destiny Companion Application, please post a report to the #Help forum.

Special Effects

When he’s not sacrificing his honor on Twitch so that some of you can win a fancy Emblem, he’s watching a ton of movies so that some of you can win a fancy Emblem.

Cozmo: Another week has come and gone. With it brings new Movies we humbly highlight here for your entertainment. The Creations page is still alive and well. It’s practically bursting at the seams with submissions. It’s a mixture of montages, massive plays, and more. The winners will be granted a special Emblem as a tribute to their accomplishment.

But enough of this small talk, send in the winners. 

Movie of the Week: Reflection Playground

Honorable Mention: Aksis defeated without weapons

Honorable Mention: Hello Destiny, my old friend

Honorable Mention: "Rise of Iron" Excerpt Cover on Guitar

If you were there with us on Twitch when we traded blows with volunteers from chat, we thank you. We always love sharing games with the community, and it’s always a learning experience. For instance, in exchange for the Emblems we passed out, we claimed these new pearls of wisdom:

1. Never ask 11,000 people at the same time if they want to play a game. #bounty

2. Never tease a secret code without alerting the community to the fact that not all amusing Easter Eggs hatch to reveal Exotic Weapons.

3. @_mantis_ is a person with feelings.

There is no playbook for this. We’re writing it as we go along. Wouldn’t have it any other way.

It promises to be a windy weekend here in the otherwise gentle and majestic Pacific Northwest. Storms blowin’ in! We now go to batten down our hatches.

Good luck with that Heroic Raid. As always, we’ll be waiting for you at the finish line with some sweet loot and a big old pat on the back.

DeeJ, out.
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