This Week in Destiny - 08/17/2023

Aug 17, 2023 - Hippy

We’re excited to share an in-depth look at what’s ahead with The Final Shape and the next Season of planned festivities, but there’s no harm in sharing a little sneak peek, is there? From Twitch Drops to a quick glimpse at what’s next, let’s dig into the latest This Week In Destiny.

But first, let’s recap what we chatted about in last week’s TWID:

  • Welcoming Keith David to the Destiny 2 family.
  • New Exotic Mission Rotator details.
  • What’s coming up in Season 22 for abilities and armor.
  • Age-gating changes on all Bungie services.
  • Grandmaster Battleground: that's no moon.
  • Destiny 2 Showcase reminder.
  • Get your Witch Queen on with the PlayStation Plus Game Catalog.

For this week, we’ll be diving into:

  • Guardians for Maui - Support for Hawaii.
  • A little Showcase teaser, as a treat.
  • Twitch Drop it like it’s hot on August 22.
  • Epic Moments trailer goodness and an added Season 22 surprise.
  • A reminder of everything we’ve shared about Season 22 thus far.
  • Season 22 Weapons Preview recap.
  • Pick up your gear!
  • Increased reputation gains all week.
  • Regional pricing update.
  • Player Support report.
  • #Destiny2AOTW and #Destiny2MOTW picks.

Guardians for Maui - Hawaii Wildfire Support

Last week devastating wildfires fueled by hurricane force winds struck Hawaii, leaving a path of destruction unheard of in its wake across Maui and the Island of Hawaii. The historic town of Lahaina has been reduced to ashes with over 100 lives lost, many more still unaccounted for, thousands made homeless, and countless pieces of cherished history and culture erased overnight. Our hearts go out to all the communities, individuals, and loved ones affected by this tragedy.

Beginning today, the Bungie Foundation is launching a fundraising campaign to directly support the relief and recovery efforts across Hawaii. All profits will go directly to our long-time partner Direct Relief, who is already delivering lifesaving emergency medical kits and aiding in search and rescue operations.

Guardians can support this mission by purchasing a specially designed T-shirt made in collaboration with Asians@Bungie (one of our employee-led Inclusion, Diversity, & Equity Associations) and a local artist from Oʻahu, Brady Evans. All profits will go to Direct Relief. This shirt features a Ghost set against the backdrop of Mauna Kahālāwai (West Maui Mountains) projecting a hologram of Maui. Surrounding the hologram is a Tti leaf (lāʻī) lei adorned with ‘aʻaliʻi flowers. The lei is a common symbol of respect, love, and aloha with the lāʻī traditionally used to ward off bad spirits, cleanse, bless, and heal people. The ʻaʻaliʻi is an indigenous plant to Hawaii whose seeds can endure fire and are some of the first plants to grow back in burned areas. Below the design, the words “Mālama Maui” can be seen, meaning “Take Care, Maui” in Hawaiian.

Each shirt purchased also includes a code for the Kūlike Kākou emblem (Hawaiian for “Stand Together”), newly created to show support in-game for all those impacted by this tragedy. Emblems will be delivered via email after September 5, 2023.

Head to the link here to get your T-shirt and emblem.

N-Now You're Thinking With Portals?

While this portal might not have cake with a questionable existence, we have a feeling that this one offers an adventure that Guardians won’t want to miss. A small teaser, as a treat, before the big Showcase on August 22. Are you ready?

Our Twitch Streams Bring All the Drops to the Yard

Twitch Drops are back as a small token of appreciation for Guardians tuning into our upcoming Destiny 2 Showcase debuting on August 22. Interested in a new emblem perhaps? We’ll be offering up the new The Silhouette emblem seen below:

To be eligible, first you will need to make sure that your Twitch account is linked with your Destiny 2 account in your Bungie.net profile. Then simply tune into any of the official Bungie Twitch channels (there are nine channels total for different languages) on August 22 from 9 AM PT to 11:30 AM PT and watch at least 30 minutes of the Showcase to get that sweet, sweet celebratory loot. For more information, please visit our Twitch Drops help article.

Ready to learn more about what's ahead with the upcoming Showcase? Good, because we can’t wait to show you. Check out our official Destiny 2 Showcase tune-in page for more details!

One Heck of a Ride, Guardians

"All endings are beginnings." As we inch closer to the conclusion of the epic Light and Darkness saga that we’ve been immersed in through the years, here is a look back at the story thus far and the Guardians that have made the Destiny community feel like home. From saying farewell to beloved characters to digging deep within ourselves to find the strength we never knew was there, venture into the history of Destiny and prepare for what lies ahead with this new Epic Moments trailer.

Also, say “hi” to Immaru for us:

A Hive Ghost floats near the Guardian and Ikora.

Season 22: Pre-Game Edition - What You May Have Missed

With Season 22 right there on the horizon and the Showcase we’ve got lined up for next week, we wanted to do a quick TLDR of some of the changes that we’ve previously talked about, in case you might want a little helpful recap.

Cayde-6 Moments, Looking Back at Our Heroic Defender of Puppies and Chickens

Cayde-6 stole our hearts in the original Destiny and then crushed our souls later in Destiny 2 with his flourished exit stage left during the Forsaken expansion. Now that our sassy hero is seen onscreen once more, we want to hear your favorite memories of the Tower’s resident funny guy.

Dig deep into that nostalgia, friends, and share some of your favorite Cayde-6 moments n the journey leading up to The Final Shape. Was there something you loved to hear ‘ol Cayde talk about? A favorite quote? How about some creative cosplay or Cayde fanart that would make Ace proud? Share it all by tagging official Bungie channels and the @Destiny2Team account! We’ll always take an excuse to rave about the man that has a motto we can all get behind; I mean, if an Exo says, “Do it for the puppies,” you do it for the dang puppies, OK?

Oh! Before you move on into some weapons talk, just one last question... you know, for Cayde: “How’s your sister?”

Okay, now we can move on...

Live, Laugh, Weapons

If you haven’t seen our Dev Insights: Season 22 Weapons Preview yet, you’re definitely going to want to check that out. It’s 6,000 words of detailed info on what weapons philosophy going into the next Season and beyond. From overall balance changes to weapon stats—and even a reflection on the Mid-Season balance pass from earlier this year—you can see everything coming down the pipeline with your pew-pew arsenal right here.

Special Delivery

Another detail you’ll note coming in Season 22 is a new Special Deliveries Kiosk located in the Tower. This new addition is an easy-to-access vendor that players can interact with when chatting up Master Rahool and Banshee-44.

Deliveries you can expect to snag from this vendor include rewards like Bungie Foundation incentives and Twitch Drops, Bungie Rewards, Digital Deluxe and Collector’s Edition loot, Secret Stash items, preorder bonuses, and more.

Get Those Gainz

We’re almost at the end of the Season, which means there’s a limited amount of time to run through anything you may need to wrap up before we arrive at the next part of the Destiny 2 story. Just like usual, reputation gains are active for rituals all week. If you need a little help, just picture Shaxx yelling victoriously in your ear. Works every time.

Upcoming Regional Pricing Update

Starting on August 22, 2023, we will be making routine territory-specific pricing adjustments due to foreign exchange rate fluctuations and regional discrepancies. These evaluations typically happen each year to account for variances in economic conditions across multiple regions.

While USD currency will not be affected by these adjustments, other currencies (ARS, INR, KWD, KZT, PHP, TRY, VND, and others) will see increases or decreases of varying degrees in pricing for Silver packs, catalog expansions, and new expansion sales, with the aim of balancing pricing fairly across all territories.

Much of this update will focus on aligning to industry standards around currencies impacted by inflation and other regional considerations. Please note that regional pricing adjustments specific to Silver packs and catalog expansions will begin rolling out on September 6, 2023.

Player Support Report

We’re coming down to the final stretch for this Season. As we prep for Season 22 on the horizon, here’s the latest info drop from the fine folks over on Player Support.

This is their report.

Known Issues List  |  Help Forums  |  Bungie Help Twitter 

UPDATE 7.2.0 RELEASE SCHEDULE

Next Tuesday, August 22, Destiny 2 Update 7.2.0 will be released. View our Destiny Server and Update Status page for maintenance times, but here’s an overview of the timeline (all times are Pacific):

  • 6 AM: Maintenance is scheduled to begin.
  • 7:15 AM: Destiny 2 is brought offline.
  • 10 AM: Destiny 2 will be brought back online. Update 7.2.0 will be playable on all platforms and regions.
  • 11 AM: Destiny 2 maintenance is scheduled to complete.

For more information, please visit our Destiny Server and Update Status help article.

LAST CHANCE BUNGIE REWARDS

As Season of the Deep ends, so does the ability to earn certain Bungie Rewards.

Players looking to earn the following Bungie Rewards should complete the associated in-game achievements before their earn-by deadlines by August 22, 2023:

  • Exotic Angler Pin Set
  • Aquanaut Title Pin
  • Ghosts of the Deep Dungeon Pin
  • Ghosts of the Deep Dungeon Hoodie
  • Ghoul Dungeon Title Pin

For specific earn-by and purchase-by deadlines for each item listed, please see the Bungie Rewards page.

END OF SEASON REMINDERS

As we approach the end of Season of the Deep, players should make sure to claim all engrams and other rewards before the new Season begins. Any rewards not claimed from non-Seasonal vendors will be removed at the beginning of the next Season.

Players should ensure that they have collected any earned but unclaimed rewards from their Previous Season Pass page for Season of Defiance.

Previous Season Pass rewards can only be claimed up to one Season after it concludes. Once we transition into Season 22 on August 22, 2023, the Previous Season Pass page will be updated for Season of the Deep rewards.

KNOWN ISSUES

While we continue investigating various known issues, here is a list of the latest issues that were reported to us in our #Help forum:

  • Certain Honored Centurions in the Gilded Precept Lost Sector are abnormally bright.
  • The Compass Rose Shotgun is missing from Collections.
  • The Lord of Wolves Exotic Shotgun is missing a hipfire reticle.

For a full list of emergent issues in Destiny 2, check out our Known Issues article. Players who observe other issues should report them to our #Help forum.

See You in the Pit

Hippy: That’s metal \m/... literally. If you’re like us and a sucker for a good cover and have an affinity for all things heavy metal, then Javier Sardinas’ Oneirophobia metal cover of the Lightfall OST is for you. Hop in the pit (in your mind) and go wild, because this is a stellar listen. And oddly relaxing. Metal is funny like that.

Movie of the Week: Oneirophobia, but make it metal.

Sam: Sometimes you have to dress in bright pink and dance the night away with your friends, and that's just what these Guardians did.

"The Spirit is Neither Born, Nor Does It Die at Any Time"

Ivan: Our community always surprises us with how quickly they are to show their support and love for the Destiny universe. This #Destiny2AOTW is a perfect example of that exact support. News of Keith David joining the Destiny family only recently broke, but it didn’t take long before artists worldwide combined their efforts to welcome him in with open arms while paying tribute to Lance Reddick, the man that paved the way for Zavala’s incredible story through the years. What an amazing piece and tribute!

Art of the Week: Passing the Torch by A Taste of Zen via Creations Page

Black and white tribute art showcasing Lance Reddick on the left and Keith David on the right with the character they both share, Zavala, in the center

Timon: This is so cute! The lonely Guardian waiting for the fishies to bite. Can´t get enough of the fishing art, so keep them coming!

Art of the Week: Longest fishing rod by @Lexreon via Twitter

A chibi Titan with an abnormally large fishing rod because fishing is self care.

And that’s a wrap on our latest TWID. Just a few more sleeps before the Destiny 2 Showcase action and a look at what’s next with The Final Shape expansion and the upcoming Season. Not to give any spoilers, but Season 22 will definitely help you get into the spooky spirit. You’ll see what we mean on August 22.

Just your usual reminder to make sure you’re drinking that water, prioritizing that self-care, and always leading with your kindest foot forward. See you on August 22, friends.

“I should go,”

<3 Hippy

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