This Week At Bungie – 3/19/2020

Mar 19, 2020 - A_dmg04

This week at Bungie, the Fourth Horseman rides again.

Some of you may have heard the legend of the Fourth Horseman - a weapon so powerful, Spider Tanks run from it in fear. Any enemy foolish enough to come within range… ripped apart within seconds by the arc pellets launched from its four barrels. At the invitation of Zavala, you can get your hands on this beautiful Shotgun in Destiny 2.

Let’s say you want to strike fear into the hearts of the Cabal, but feel this already ridiculous weapon needs a little something extra. Keep your eyes peeled for its catalyst by continuing to upgrade Rasputin through Seraph public events, or clear Legendary Lost Sectors of the darkness found within.

And so, we begin another TWAB. Your weekly dose of Bungie and Destiny 2 news. We’ve got some exciting news on a new Twitch extension, an update from the Bungie Foundation, and more. While there isn’t a cat picture hidden in this article, I still expect you to read every single word. No exceptions.

An Extension of Your Hand

With weekend-two of Trials of Osiris on rapid approach, we’re excited to announce our first Bungie-developed Twitch extension. Bridging the gap between streamer and viewer, you can now quickly glance at the current state of the streamer’s Perks, passage, weapons, armor, perks, mods, catalysts, and more.

We’re also launching the first Twitch Weekly Bounty. After each match, you’ll have time to react to a clutch play (or heartbreaking loss) with some Destiny-themed emotes and earn progress towards this unique Bounty. Upon completion, players will be rewarded with Glimmer, XP, and Trials Tokens within Destiny 2.

For more information on the Destiny 2 Official Twitch Extension, please visit our Twitch Extension Support and our Twitch Extension Error Code articles.

We’re also looking at expanding the extension to apply to more activities in Destiny 2. Which activities would you like to be supported in the future? What other bounties would you like to see? Sound off!

Lightmakers // Lightbreakers

With the return of Trials of Osiris, players have a fresh opportunity to put some new accomplishments on display. You may have seen a few Guardians in the wild flaunting stat trackers with their flawless passage count or the number of Guardians they’ve defeated.

By using specific emblems granted from the Flawless Chest, players can earn unique stats as they complete more passages within the activity. We also introduced a way for Guardians to identify themselves as Lightmakers or Lightbreakers.

Lightmakers: With the “Light for the Lost” Emblem equipped, help Guardians to their first ever flawless passage. You can be identified by white glows on your Flawless armor.

Lightbreakers: With the “Flawless Empyrean” Emblem equipped, reach seven wins on a passage, and then continue winning matches. You can be identified by red glows on your Flawless armor.

We’ve seen many of you taking on these roles in the wild already and are excited to see how high you climb in the stat charts. Please note: In order for the emblems to track their associated stats correctly, players must have the emblem equipped when completing their respective requirements. We’ll be highlighting some of the greatest Lightmakers and Lightbreakers among you in future articles, so get to it!

Smelting Iron

Once again, Lord Saladin calls upon Guardians to test the strength of their iron. While Power-enabled combat is no longer exclusive to Iron Banner, this is your 6v6 battleground. As announced earlier today, Artifact Power will be disabled in Iron Banner. Don’t worry though, you’ll still have the opportunity to put your pinnacle Power on display.

This Season, Saladin is also offering a pursuit weapon as reward for completing the “Smelting Light” quest. You’ll be challenged to capture zones and defeat opponents with a collection of weapons on your journey to earning the “Point of the Stag.”

The Iron Remembrance armor sets also make their return, upped to Armor 2.0 standards. You’ll have the opportunity to earn some innacle Power rewards by completing weekly bounties. Additionally, Iron Banner armor pieces have chances for higher stat rolls from bounties, vendor packages, and post-game drops.

Iron Banner begins at 10 AM PDT on March 24, running through 10 AM on March 31.

Bungie Foundation Update

Over the last few months, we’ve had a few initiatives from the Bungie Foundation to help those in need. This week, we’d like to share some insight on our efforts to help during the COVID-19 Pandemic, and provide an update on Guardians for Australia. 

Foundation: With so much going on around the world right now, we know it can be anxiety-provoking, confusing, and stressful. Because of that, it is more important than ever to lift each other up and put the well-being of others, especially those who are in need, before ourselves. It has been encouraging to see communities join together in solidarity to keep themselves and others safe and healthy. 

As a company located in the epicenter of the U.S. outbreak here in Washington State, we believe it is important to help our local community through this crisis. Bungie is grateful to partner with the Boys & Girls Club of Bellevue (BGCB), which is doing life-saving work for our local families. While all local schools remain closed through the end of April, the BGCB is committed to keeping as many of their facilities open as possible to care for children, so that parents who must continue to go work are able to do so. In addition, they are feeding and providing necessary supplies for families in crisis. 

Bungie is providing a $160,000 grant that will enable the BGCB to operate four sites across the Bellevue region through the end of April in order to care for our community’s most vulnerable low-income and homeless families. This care will allow more families to continue earning income and paying their rent, while keeping their families fed and healthy, and will help to minimize long-term repercussions from this crisis. 

While many of us live in areas that have been encouraged to practice social distancing, there are always ways to help your fellow neighbor. Here are a few things to consider:

      • Support your local small businesses. As an example, if your gym is closed, please consider retaining your membership so that they can afford to re-open their doors. 
      • Support family-owned restaurants by ordering take-out or. Search for local fundraisers like GoFundMe that are providing financial support to restaurant workers, artists, performers, and more that are without work during the shutdowns.
      • Support your nonprofits. Many major fundraising activities have been cancelled or postponed. If you plan to donate to any organization this year, please consider doing it now rather than later. Many organizations depend on those fundraisers and are in a really tight spot without those funds. 
      • Support families in your community. Make a donation to your local food bank, United Way, or Boys & Girls Club. These organizations are able to leverage every dollar to deliver critical support to families in need.
      • Donate blood. Since the outbreak, there has been a drastic drop in blood donations nationwide (approximately 86,000 fewer than is normal in this time period), at a time when our hospitals are at or nearing capacity. If you are healthy and showing no signs of fever or other symptoms, please contact your local Red Cross or other local agencies to make a donation.

Stay safe, stay positive, and love your neighbor. We’re all in this together. 

The Bungie Foundation is also proud to announce its Guardians for Australia t-shirt campaign has raised $1 million USD (approximately 1.6 million AUD at the time of sending) to support those impacted by the Australian bushfires. Since launching on January 14, over 75,000 shirts were sold and are now on their way to supportive guardians worldwide.

We also want to take this opportunity to give a special thanks to our partners Sunrise Identity, PMC Fulfillment, Pacific Sportswear, and Brand Access for their support to maximize donations to the organizations.

The Guardians for Australia t-shirt incorporates iconic Australian flora and fauna, as well as a Guardian ship patrolling the landscape overhead. Funds raised will go towards the NSW Rural Fire Service and WIRES. 

"We are blown away by the outpouring of love and generosity the Bungie community has shown for Australia following their devastating wildfire seasons. Because of our fans, the New South Wales Rural Fire Service will be better equipped to deal with future challenges and serve the community in times of need. WIRES will be able to rehabilitate their sick, injured and displaced wildlife while restoring their natural habitats. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for continuing to demonstrate that the Bungie community is stronger together and truly makes our world a better and kinder place."

- Christine Edwards, Senior Bungie Foundation Manager

The Guardians for Australia fundraiser follows previous efforts for the 2015 earthquake relief in Nepal and the 2017 relief effort for Hurricane Harvey. Bungie also ran Game2Give in 2018 to support the Bungie Foundation’s iPads for Kids Program and Children’s Miracle Network benefiting sick kids across the United States.

To learn more about Bungie's fundraising efforts, you can visit the Bungie Foundation's website

Get that door open, Zavala…

During last week, Destiny Player Support has been attacking bugs from all angles. Crashes, Gambit error codes, and more. It wouldn’t be a new Season without a few speedbumps, now would it?

This is their report.

Since the launch of Season of the Worthy, we have received questions regarding the Flawless title for Trials of Osiris. The Flawless title can be earned in Season of the Worthy as well as future seasons. All triumphs must be completed within a single season; if a player has completed some triumphs but not all by the end of Season of the Worthy, they must earn those triumphs again in the next season.

While we continue investigating various known issues, here is a list of the latest issues that were reported to us in our #Help Forum:
      • Ornaments for Dunemarchers, Raiden Flux, and Crown of Tempests are not appearing on Year 1 versions of the armor.
      • The Raiju’s Harness exotic chest piece allows for infinite Whirlwind Guard usage. We have disabled this exotic until a fix can be deployed at a later date.
      • We are investigating an increase in ANTEATER, BEETLE and BEAVER error codes.
      • Only the character who unlocked the EDZ Bunker can use the PDS upgrade to clear the Bunker – other characters will receive an error.
      • The Warden servitor in Warden of Nothing is not counting as a Fallen boss for strike bounties.
      • We’re investigating crashes issues occurring in Gambit for players on PS4 and Steam.
For a full list of emergent issues in Destiny 2, players can review our Known Issues article. Players who observe other issues should report them to our #Help forum.

Yeetus Deletus

Last week, we shared some lovely Trials clips from Destiny 1 tagged with #TrialsReturns. This week, we have the opportunity to showcase more Trials content, but this time from Destiny 2! Seems that Titans are good for more than just bodyshields. Don’t worry, there’s a Warlock clip in here too…

Movie of the Week: Flawless Thundercrash

Honorable Mention: Crispy Snipes

Honorable Mention: If Pigs Could Fly

Next week, we’ll get back in the flow of giving PvE some love. If you’d like a chance for the MotW emblem, throw your clip, monotone montage, mix tape, or video on the Creations Page.

We’ve been working remotely for about two weeks now. It’s been a pretty weird time, not going to lie. While we’ve gotten things straight on the backend to continue our workflows (and kick off a new Season), there isn’t anything that can replace the face-to-face interactions we have –-at Bungie. I do feel lucky, though, as we have ample opportunity to mix things up online.

Even if your area has gone on lockdown in the face of COVID-19, you can still find Guardians running around Mercury completing their weekly flashpoint, or grinding out some raids in preparation for Trials of Osiris. Share your favorite emotes with one another, or maybe even jump in a fireteam to strike up some friendly conversation. One thing that I’ve enjoyed most is the variety of songs players have suggested to keep motivated, or even as timers for washing their hands.

We’ll get through this together, as Guardians.

Much love,
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