Crucible players should consider not buying Beyond Light.
As of now, I don’t plan to purchase BL. And if, as I am, you’re dissatisfied with the state of pvp, and with Bungie’s plans (or lack thereof) for it, you should consider not buying the expansion.
Other than a few cursory changes to the crucible director, I’m not seeing ANYTHING to indicate that Bungie is even pretending to care about crucible.
— Connections and matchmaking have gotten even worse since playlists went from sbmm to cbmm. I’m on the east coast of the US, with solid internet (and play totally wired) and I’m literally playing guys in France and Britain. With no region lock, CBMM IS MEANINGLESS.
— P2P. It’s garbage and everyone knows it. Bungie can talk until they’re blue in the face about their glorious hybrid p2p model. Bottom line, if it was actually good, every other shooter would use that, instead of dedicated servers. But, literally every other shooter uses dedicated servers.
— Trials. I mean, just look at it. They should be embarrassed. Nearly a year later, and still no anti cheat. Terrible rewards and bounty structure. Almost no incentive for anyone but the very sweatiest players to even attempt trials. Adept weapons on the horizon, sure, but again, this only benefits the very top players (and that’s disregarding the fact that Trials should have launched with adept weapons).
— Weapon balance is a joke. I know, I know — destiny will never be balanced and isn’t an esport. But even for this game, the current balance is bad. The state of special weapons (especially snipers and grenade launchers) is ridiculous, and practically no sandbox adjustments have been made since the 600 auto rifle buff. 600 autos are going on almost a year with the same TTK that got Luna’s and NF nerfed? It all gives me the impression that when it comes to PvP, they’re not trying. At all.
— Comp has zero unique rewards for hitting max rank. Zero. It’s honestly hard to believe. Not even a unique shader.
— Are we getting new PvP maps? Bungie’s silence on this indicates that we probably aren’t. A major expansion with no new PvP maps? Wow. They [i][b]really[/b][/i] don’t care anymore. And no, old maps from D1 don’t count as new.
This is just what I can think of off the top of my head. Feel free to add to this list.
I’d love to have a reason to buy the expansion. But I mainly play crucible, and from what they’ve revealed about their plans for it, as a crucible player I have very little reason to give them $50 for a new DLC.
They say “we’re listening,” but at the end of the day, money is the only thing Bungie understands. And I hope all crucible players will consider this before dropping $50 on a DLC that, at least so far, looks like it does next to nothing to improve the PvP experience in D2.
EDIT: Believe it or not, I am aware that there are other PvP games out there! I’ve played almost all of them; at the end of the day, I like this one, and I want it to be as good as it can be.