This Week At Bungie – 7/22/2021
This week at Bungie, we march on.
It’s already late July. Can you believe it? Seems like 2020 lasted about 5 years but 2021 seems to be moving along at a better rate. Who says time is a constant?
Anyway, Solstice of Heroes is going strong. Have you upgraded your armor yet? Next week is the final week of the event so go check out the EAZ and earn that armor before the event ends on 8/3. We had a lot to go over last week with a preview of ritual reputation changes coming next Season. It’s a little lighter this week but we do have some important info about the new Bungie Store and some changes to Armor Synthesis. Let’s get to it.
Unraveling the Synthstrands
Since the launch of Season of the Splicer we have been monitoring reception and behavior around our new Armor Synthesis system. Today we’d like to review a minor update around the system’s currencies.
Effective at the start of Season 15 we will deprecate the passively-earned world currency, Synthstrand, that was used to purchase Armor Synthesis bounties from Ada-1. In its place, these bounties will be purchasable for 10,000 Glimmer instead.
Our hope is that this change reduces the time needed to earn your 10 Synthweave tokens per class each Season.
Removing this currency also frees up a slot in the Consumables inventory bucket — a bucket that could be full for those of you carrying around a large quantity of items. Finally, we hope this change reduces the complexity of the Armor Synthesis system, with only one remaining currency for each class that can be immediately turned in at Ada-1’s Loom for a Synthweave token.
We’ll continue to monitor the conversation and use of Armor Synthesis as Season 15 rolls out. In the meantime, keep showing us your new looks! The team is inspired and delighted by the incredible creativity they've seen from Guardians around the world so far. We can’t wait to see more!
The Bungie Store team has been hard at work behind the scenes making the Bungie Store a better place to shop, especially for Bungie Rewards. Existing Bungie Store customers can now reset their password and migrate their Bungie Store account to the new site. From there they can link their Bungie Store account to their Bungie.net account to view and purchase Bungie Rewards without a code. If you reset your password before July 31, 2021 11:59 PM PT, you’ll get a free exclusive in-game emblem, New Blue sent via email by August 6.
Go check out the new and improved Bungiestore.com, see what Bungie Rewards you’ve unlocked, and treat yourself to some new merch. You deserve it.
Double Your Fun
Next week, Nightfalls will feature double rewards. We will also have a mixed bag of rewards as Palindrome, THE SWARM, and Shadow Price will all be dropping. So everything is on the menu, and with double rewards it’s a fantastic opportunity to pick up more rolls of add them to your collection for the first time.
Speaking of Nightfall rewards starting in Season 15, the Nightfall weapon rotation will be changing. Instead of six weapons in a 1/1/1/3 rotation as we had in the second half of Season 14, we'll have eight weapons, in pairs consisting of one newer and one older weapon. You might remember the new weapons being reprised from Destiny 1 as a hilarious Shotgun and a Rocket Launcher that was the ultimate reward for doing the longest Crucible quest. Each week, one of these new additions will be featured along with another weapon already in the pool.
- The Comedian / Shadow Price
- The Hothead / Hung Jury
The additions this Season have the spicy perk combinations typical of Nightfall loot, including a couple of perks not seen on these archetypes in the past.
You ever wonder what it’s like to create the thing that allows the creators to create? We updated the Bungie Tech Blog yesterday with a new article covering what it’s like to be a Tools Engineer at Bungie.
If you are a new engineer, still in school, or just really interested in getting into game development and still considering which area you want to pursue, this is a great read on what it’s like to make development tools at Bungie.
Ghoyster Needs Eye Drops
Now we welcome our Player Support team to give important information on the state of the game and known issues.
This is their report.
UPDATES TO BUNGIE REWARDS & STOREOn Tuesday, we relaunched the Bungie Store and made it easier than ever to get your Bungie Rewards! To purchase your earned Bungie Rewards, go to the Bungie Store and log into your store account. You may have to press “Forgot my Password” and create a new password. Go into your account settings and link your Bungie.net account. You’ll need to approve the Bungie Store to access your account. Once the accounts are linked, you’ll be able to purchase any Bungie Reward you qualify for without having to use a code.For more information about Bungie Rewards, visit our article.For more information about Bungie Store accounts or resetting your store password, visit Bungie Store’s FAQ page.
UPDATE 184.108.40.206 RELEASEDEarlier today, Update 220.127.116.11. was released. Some notable issues that were resolved include:
- Solstice Packages and Fragments should no longer get removed from player inventories when creating new characters.
- The Ludomaniacal emblem will now unlock for players who reset their Infamy three times.
- Some Dreaming City weapons will now drop for all players as intended.
- One Fell Strike Triumph is now unlocked for all players.
KNOWN ISSUESWhile we continue investigating various known issues, here is a list of the latest issues that were reported to us in our #Help Forum:
- Upgrades to Magnificent armor sometimes drops the armor’s Power level to 1100.
- Insight Terminus can sometimes produce BIRD error codes during the boss fight.
- The Ghoyster Ghost Shell displays somewhat off-putting white eyes with no pupils on some platforms.
- The Foetracer Exotic clips through the Siegebreak Cloak ornament.
- Some players didn’t get their EAZ Weekly Challenge reset.
- Riven sometimes doesn’t get stunned on the second level of the Last Wish raid.
It is now time for movie of the week. Or should I say movies of the week? Why stop at one? Two is better than one. I mean most of the time. Like two ferocious bears chasing you is worse than if it was just one. What were we talking about? Oh yea, here are our two ferocious movies of the week.
Movie of the Week: Deep Stone Garage Band
Movie of the Week: Around the World
Congrats to the winners, if one of these videos is yours, please make sure you have a link to your Bungie.net profile page in the description so we can get you your reward.
Let's take a moment to admire the arts, shall we? We have a wide array of community artists all offering up their own style and twists on the Destiny aesthetic. It’s a lot of fun seeing different takes on Destiny characters. Here are a few of our favorites for this week.
Art of the Week: Fireteam
Art of the Week: Chilling
If you were the artist behind one of these picks, congratulations! Please reply to the post with a link to your Bungie.net profile so we can send you out a special emblem.
Yesterday evening, news broke about yet another example of systemic harassment in within our industry. We believe the women, POC, and underrepresented communities when they come forward with reports of abuse or harassment. We are committed to doing everything in our power to combat systemic harassment, sexism, abuse, and inequality.
You can read our full statement here on our commitment to continue to improve the experiences of our own employees as well as everyone in the industry as a whole. Whether you are in the gaming industry or in a gaming community, please stand with us against abuse, harassment, and inequality. Speak up when you witness it, and do what you can to create a safe space for everyone around you.