Alright, Alright, Alright. Time for Gambit.
Alan: When we added Gambit back in Forsaken, in the Fall of 2018 (was it really three and a half years ago?), we were closing a gap in Destiny pursuits. We had lots of places in the game to shoot aliens in the face (or juicebox), and we had places where you could face off against other Guardians, but we had no place where you could face off against other Guardians BY shooting aliens in the face. Fundamentally, Gambit is a PvE
HordeFirefight mode, culminating in a race to kill the boss first. Meanwhile, you can throw small and large roadblocks in front of the other team racing you, or BE the roadblock by invading opponents, powered up and loaded for bear.Later that year, we added Gambit Prime — a souped-up Gambit with armor-based player roles — and then it really didn't change much for a couple of years. With Beyond Light, we streamlined both versions into what Gambit is today, combining some of the best parts of the original Gambit and Gambit Prime without attempting to transform the mode, or address much of the feedback Gambit had generated over the years. Over the last few months, we've taken a pass on Gambit to address said feedback and realign the mode with many of its original goals.Ultimately, we believe it is important that in Gambit:
- You can showcase both your skill at fighting in Destiny, and the variety and focus of your arsenal. It should be just as inherently fun and rewarding to shoot aliens in the face in Gambit as it is elsewhere.
- A good invader should be able to turn the tide of a match, but a good invader should be no more important than any other equally-skilled team member. A good invader does not have to mean a PvP God loaded up with the best tracking/one-hit-kill weaponry.
- Players defending against invaders should have ample tools to fight invaders without worrying about using up ammunition dealing with tougher enemies. And players should have methods for recovering from a devastating invade.
- It should be rare that a match is out of your hands as a player, or that an outcome is pre-ordained early in the match.
- Working together with your team to overcome tough enemies — the Primeval, a high-value target, or an invader — should feel as gratifying as a hard Nightfall.
While we don't always hit those marks, Gambit has a healthy and stable population. Ultimately, we want to make Gambit more appealing to a wider audience by addressing points of player feedback and improving upon what exists, without changing the core nature of the mode. Our hope is that this leads to more players engaging, for longer.Upcoming changes fall into five categories:
- Core Activity
- Ammo Economy
- Primeval Tuning
Core Activity ChangesThese changes are all about enhancing teamwork or making the mode easier to play and understand.
- Freelance node added.
- We think it's important that players feel like they always have a chance at winning, and we see over and over again that full stacks of friends or clanmates have a significant advantage over groups of solo matchmade opponents.
- The modes we have added Freelance nodes to (Iron Banner, Glory, and Trials of Osiris) all feel like they end up with more balanced matches more often, even as they increase and split the number of matchmaking pools.
- We are investigating ways to remove the need for Freelance nodes that split the population, and hope to have something for you later this year.
- In the meantime, the ability to queue for Gambit Freelance should be very useful.
- Rotating seasonal selection of curated encounters starting in Season 16.
- In Classic Gambit/Prime, you got a randomly selected encounter from a list of three for each enemy race, on each map. In Beyond Light, due to production issues, we were only able to bring one of the three variations forward into the new activity. Those issues have been fixed, and we are now bringing the missing variations forward.
- Playing with the single variation for race/map for a year led us to an interesting observation: it's FUN to know that 'Hive on Pacifica' means "Oh, god, those Shriekers" and to learn the spawns and master them over time.
- Maybe not interesting for an entire year, but we think it will be interesting to have a set rotation of spawns for a Season and over those three months, really master each encounter.
- So, no more Shriekers on Pacifica for now, but they will be back later in the year!
- Respawn points added to all Fronts (sections of maps where enemies could cycle in or out).
- It can be frustrating to always have to run all the way from the backfield after spawning before you are able to help teammates, fight the invader, collect dropped Motes, etc.
- It can also be very frustrating as an invader to always spawn at the same location on the same map multiple times in a row, or to have the invader camp the entrance to avoid confrontation.
- More respawn points spread throughout Fronts should help you get back into the action faster, and provide for less predictable spawn points during Invasions.
- Players always drop half the Motes they were carrying when they are defeated.
- These can be picked up by anyone, including invaders! Invaders can also drop more Motes now!
- This makes recovering from a ruthless invader (or bad luck fighting enemies) a little easier.
- Players can be revived by other players two seconds earlier, and auto-respawn is delayed two seconds.
- We want to emphasize and reward teamwork as much as possible — bringing your teammate back (and saving them a run) now is even easier.
- This change should also reduce the frustrating moments of teammates being forced to respawn as you’re halfway through the revive interact.
- When your teammate dies and you run to grab their dropped Motes, stop for a second and revive them, will ya?
- All shields have increasing resistance to non-matching damage types.
- While not as severe as Match Game resistance in Nightfalls, we wanted a way to promote buildcrafting and teamwork.
- "Rules of Gambit" node added to the launch screen, and numerous Gambit-specific hints have been added to the load screen.
- Gambit can be a bit opaque to newcomers — this should give them a leg up.
Blockers, Draining, and the BankWhile we didn't do any drastic adjustments here, we have a few tweaks we think will increase interesting decisions both when sending and battling Blockers, and hopefully remove the feeling of helplessness as you pour ammo into three Knights as all of your Motes drain away.
- 10 Mote Phalanx Blocker has its health boosted a bit.
- While they are a good positional challenge with their shield and knockback, we felt like they weren't quite tough enough for their Mote cost compared to the Knight, so we increased their health.
- 15 Mote Knight Blocker gains a Stasis attack.
- We originally planned to pull its health down some as we felt it was a little too beef for 15 Motes, but with the ammo changes below, we didn't find the current health onerous in playtesting.
- We did think they could be more tactically interesting with a Stasis attack without necessarily making them more deadly or harder to kill.
- Mote drain from multiple Blockers continues even if the opposing team is in Primeval phase.
- This will help the team that is behind get to the Primeval a little quicker – it's never felt great to send over four Blockers only to have the enemy team ignore them, all while still being severely behind.
- This also gives the team in the lead a bit more incentive to kill Blockers during their Primeval phase.
- Mote drain is paused if a player is near the bank and engaging Blockers.
- It never feels great to have your Motes draining away while you pour Primary ammo into three Taken Knights.
Ammo EconomyOur goal for these changes are to make a more predictable and equal baseline of Special and Heavy ammo among all players. We will be watching both feedback and analytics around ammo gain and usage rates, and we’ll continue to make tweaks if these aren't enough to make fair matches.
- When completing a Front, a chest containing a small amount of Special and Heavy ammo spawns in the middle of the Front and can be looted once by each player.
- It times out 20 seconds after the initial interact, so you still can't dilly-dally.
- Killing a high-value target spawns one normal Heavy brick for each player.
- During the Primeval phase, ammo chests spawn in one of the Fronts every 60 seconds.
- This replaces the regular Front ammo chests - but you still need to find the time to go grab it!
- Limited Special and Heavy ammo bricks to only spawn from enemies if you have finder mods equipped.
- Other ammo Exotics and perks, like Aeon Cult still work.
The Primeval FightThe Primeval fight is the ultimate challenge of Gambit. It should feel like an epic boss fight and be long enough for the opposing team to get off some invades to counter strong DPS. It should have more to do than simply burning the boss as quickly as possible (and turn in place to kill Envoys every once in a while). Its mechanics shouldn't be complex but should require about as much tactical play as a high-end strike boss.
- Primeval health and Slayer stack bonus retuned.
- Burning the boss after three rounds of Envoys should be just as easy as it is now, but burning him after just one or two rounds should be significantly more work.
- Envoys now spawn with friends out in the Fronts, rather than in the bank area.
- They have reduced health, and are no longer affected by Slayer stacks, and have varied elemental shields.
- Killing the Envoys to get Slayer stacks will require movement, dealing with the Envoy’s protectors, and dealing with their elemental shield.
- Envoys put an invulnerability shield on Primeval.
- You must kill them both to remove it and damage the Primeval, forcing your team to go out and invade.
- Envoys respawn at 30% of the Primeval damage done.
- This increases by 10% every Envoy respawn, and Envoys stop spawning after the fifth spawn.
- The Primeval Servitor boss is removed, since its custom shielding mechanics conflicted with the new mechanics.
- The Malfeasance quest starts on the first Primeval kill.
With the tuning changes above, the Motes phase is significantly quicker, and the Primeval phase longer. You should expect matches to be just about as long as they are now, but we will be watching to make sure they aren't too short or too long.InvasionsAs we said above, a good invader should be able to turn the tide of a match, but a good invader should be no more important than any other equally-skilled team member. We don't want a single good invader to completely dominate match outcome — and they certainly can right now. However, we still want a good invader to be able to delay a strong PvE team from finishing off the Primeval.
- Level advantage is “now” disabled for Invader PvP.
- It has actually been like this since the start of Beyond Light. Surprise!
- One of the Mote phase invasions has been removed.
- Invasions now trigger at 40 and 80 Mote thresholds.
- Primeval phase invasions are unchanged.
- Invasions can no longer be saved up.
- Use it or lose it, pal.
- Invader no longer can see how many Motes enemy players are carrying, and player nameplates fade out when the Invader is aiming down their sights.
- You can still see players through walls, just not while you are engaging your rocket tracking, or using your sniper zoom.
- We found a bug with how the Primeval heal effect was being applied, which depending on the sequence and timing of kills, would heal the Primeval for somewhere between 5 and 35%.
- We fixed it, and now invader kills heal the Primeval for exactly 27% every time.
- This sounds like a LOT but is actually less than the optimal amount prior. We will be watching feedback and analytics very closely on this one and will retune as necessary.
RewardsGambit is the second of the core rituals (after Trials of Osiris) to get comprehensive engram focusing options.
- You can focus the Gambit engram into either 'Gambit Armor' or 'Gambit Weapons' for 10,000 Glimmer and 50 Legendary Shards.
- Gambit Weapons includes: Crowd Pleaser, Bottom Dollar, Trinary System, Borrowed Time, and Servant Leader.
- Brand new Gambit weapons are drop-only for a single Season, and are then available for focusing.
- We expect to expand Drifter's focusing options further during upcoming Seasons.
- Other Drifter Changes
- Bygones/Trust/Bad Omens have been removed from the vendor.
- End Match Drops
- There is a Gambit memento for weapon crafting that can drop after any match.
- Older Gambit shaders now have a small chance of dropping at the end of each match.
- Primeval Servitor cosmetic drops can now drop at the end of any match.
- The Furtive Shell ghost can now drop at the end of any match.
Yes, you can expect more rituals to get this treatment throughout the year, but we do not currently have any specific dates to share just yet. Stay tuned!The Future and Gambit LabsThere are a few things eagle-eyed readers might notice are missing from the above. Don't fret, we do have a timeline for future changes!
- The daily Gambit bounty objectives are generally fine, but some of the repeatable bounties have some onerous completion requirements.
- We are taking a pass on these, though they won't all come at once.
- Sometime this Season, we will be adjusting the completion amounts of most Gambit repeatable bounties.
- (Weapon kills drop from 25 to 15, melee and grenade kills from 25 to 5, and Super kills from 15 to 10).
- In Season 17, we will be making additional tuning changes, as well as adding three new bounties.
- Throughout the year, we will also be adding bounties specific to Light 3.0 updates.
Gambit Labs: Invasion EditionWe also have a couple of Gambit Labs that play with some of the core invasion concepts. These will run for one week each and will take over the base Gambit nodes.
- Invasion Swap
- This Labs variation plays around with who gets to benefit from triggered invasions.
- During Motes phase, instead of opening your own invasion portal at 40 and 80 Motes, you instead open your opponent's invasion portal.
- We expect this to completely disrupt the accepted meta for how and when to deposit and invade. We're looking forward to seeing the clever strategies and counterstrategies you will develop.
- Mote Thief
- Fundamentally, the original concept of the invader was Guardian as Taken Terror, overpowered and dangerous — something new to have to fight. While that is very compelling, we don't believe it is the only compelling invader fantasy. We believe the sneaky Mote Thief is worth exploring, too. Maybe there are more?
- Normal Mote drain from having two blockers is disabled.
- Instead, every second the invader is invading, one Mote drains directly from your bank to the invader's bank.
What About Trials? And What's Next?Fear not, Trials fans, while our main focus for Season 16 is Gambit, we still have some fun changes planned.
- As we discussed earlier this Season we are going to continue to liberally schedule Capture Zone and Freelance weekends, as well as a few reputation updates coming.
- For Season 16, we are moving to a schedule of seven maps for the Season — one of which you will get to decide! Expect a survey to come out in the next few weeks to vote on the final map.
- We also have some Adept reward changes coming for Season 17. We’ll preview those later in the Season.
"What's next?" you might ask. We are still ironing out the details, so we don't have anything to share today, not even a lore drop. However, we are planning to make the next four Seasons a banner year for rituals, and we hope our Season 17 plans will spark joy for everyone.We hope all the Guardians that love (or fear!) Gambit give the mode another try once The Witch Queen launches. We've really enjoyed playtesting it, and we're going to be listening to your feedback and making adjustments.
Final Patch Note Preview
- Starting with The Witch Queen, ritual playlist rewards will be updated to grant ritual specific gear (weapons, mods, armor) and no longer be granting rewards from the general world pool.
- Crucible will grant Crucible gear, Vanguard will grant Vanguard gear, and Gambit will grant Gambit gear.
- Engram focusing is currently only available on Saint-14 and the Drifter for their ritual specific engrams.
- World engrams will continue to be granted at major ranks on ritual vendors, just for a little variety.
- Gambit, Crucible, and Vanguard rituals are receiving updated armor rewards for a new expansion release.
- These share the same base appearance but have slight differences in decals and coloring to represent each ritual.
- Eternity and Vostok return to the Crucible on February 22, 2022.
- No changes.
- Wait, what? Seriously?
- Yeah, there are no systematic changes to the Eververse.
- There will be new cosmetic items available for Silver and Bright Dust, but no systematic changes to the experience.
- But what about Bright Dust? Any changes to how much players will be earning?
- There are no changes to Bright Dust acquisition or totals compared to that of Season 15.
- Players will continue to earn Bright Dust from Seasonal Challenges, repeatable bounties on specific vendors, and through the Season Pass.
- Please note: This week brings the final drop of 700 Bright Dust in celebration of our 30th Anniversary. Make sure to redeem this offer in the Eververse storefront before it’s gone!
- High-stat Seasonal armor has been reintroduced.
- Individual pieces are awarded between ranks 57 and 87.
- Legendary Engrams have been replaced with focused Umbral Engrams.
- Five in total. Each focused to a different armor piece (arms, legs, chest, class, and head).
- All Umbral Engrams are tier 2.
- The Season Pass emblem has been removed, but we have introduced a Season Pass Sparrow.
- The Season Pass scrounger bonuses (bonuses which increased Seasonal weapon/armor drop chances in ritual activities) have been overhauled.
- The weapon scrounger bonuses are no longer separated by weapon type or ritual activity. They now apply to both Season Pass Legendary weapons and all activities at once.
- Two weapon scrounger bonuses instead of six.
- The first bonus grants the player a small chance to receive the weapons from ritual activities. The second bonus gives an improved chance.
- Total drop chance is unchanged from previous Seasons.
- The armor scrounger bonuses are no longer separated by ritual activity. It now applies to all activities at once.
- One armor scrounger bonus instead of three.
- Like the weapon, the total drop chance for each armor piece is unchanged.
- Aside from the emblem, no items have been removed from the Season Pass, only added.
- A number of rewards such as Glimmer and Legendary Shards have been consolidated to make room for high-stat armor.
- A small amount of Upgrade Modules have been added.
- The order some rewards are acquired has been tuned to accommodate the above changes.
- Fixed an issue where Shadow Thrall in The Shattered Throne were unintentionally granting investment rewards, such as Glimmer, engrams, and XP.
- As players begin to craft weapons and level up their Season Pass on February 22, we want to ensure gameplay rewards are earned by playing and completing activities, bounties, or just hanging out with friends in patrols while defeating minions of the Darkness.
- Adjusted the physics knockback for boss stomps.
willshould result in fewer deaths from being knocked into objects.
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