This week at Bungie, zones.
Welcome back to the TWAB. How have you been? It might seem a bit odd to ask you that since we are speaking in this medium to a broad audience, but the important thing is we care about you and hope you are doing well.
It’s another exciting week in the world of Destiny. The story continues to play out through Sever missions; no spoilers here but it’s been fun watching you experience the story as it unfolds week over week. This week’s Nightfall is a tough one in The Corrupted, but if you rise to the challenge, you have your first shot at earning Horror’s Least Pulse Rifle. On the PvP side, this week is your first chance to take advantage of short cooldowns with Solar 3.0 by having some fun in Mayhem.
Control Those Zones
Control is a staple mode in the Crucible. It’s a hybrid of a traditional deathmatch mode of racking up points by defeating enemies and an objective mode where you get points for controlling capture points. But what if it was indeed all about the zones
As we teased out in a previous TWAB
, Zone Control will become available in Crucible Labs starting next week. It’s going to then stick around for the rest of Season of the Haunted except for during Iron Banner. Some of you may remember Zone Control from back in the OG Destiny time frame. This mode is more of a traditional objective mode where the only way to score points is to CONTROL THOSE ZONES!
It’s a simple premise but there are a few things you should know to help your fireteams be more successful and strategic.
Stacking players on the zones is going to capture them far quicker than trying to go at it solo. It can be a little easier to slip one player behind enemy lines to try to take a zone, but they are going to have to pull some heroics for longer periods of time. Controlling an area and being able to safely gather three or more Guardians is the most efficient way to cap a zone. Just watch out for a well-placed Nova Bomb!
- 1 Guardian: 22.5 Seconds
- 2 Guardians: 10 Seconds
- 3+ Guardians: 7.5 Seconds
The initial capture is going to give you one point and you will get two points for every fifteen seconds you hold a zone after that. So, keeping a zone has more value than initially capturing it.
The first team to 125 points wins! If a team falls too far behind and we detect that even if they held two zones for the rest of the match, they wouldn’t get enough points to catch up, a mercy rule will come into effect.
Those are the basics. We will be monitoring the conversation and looking forward to all of the feedback you provide on how this mode plays in Destiny 2.
Speaking of controlling zones... tomorrow, Trials of Osiris will feature the Zone Capture variant. It will also be a Trials rank bonus weekend so jump in and make Saint-14 proud!
Pride Strike Team
Hi friends! We are back this week with our next installment from the Pride Strike Team: The History of Pride at Bungie.
Back in the Before Times, Bungie sponsored the Seattle Pride parade several years in a row. It started in 2017, shortly after the Bungie Diversity Committee was formed, and we were both a sponsor and participant for that year, 2018, and 2019. This would have continued into 2020, but the parade was cancelled with the start of the pandemic. In 2018, we also released Bungie’s first inclusion, diversity, and equity pin/emblem combo, the Pride pin and True Colors emblem, as well as a Bungie Pride T-shirt, which you can see in these pictures. In 2019 we collaborated with several other studios to join the parade.
With the move to remote work, the next few years were smaller and more focused on digital options. In 2020, we ran an email series that shared stories about celebrations of various awareness months. That series shared stories about historical figures, called out prominent industry figures, pointed out local LGBTQ+-owned businesses, and closed with a call to action to focus on what people can do to help beyond simple awareness. We also had a movie night featuring the critically acclaimed movie, Moonlight
. This was relatively low key compared to participation in the Pride parade, but at the same time, some extremely exciting conversations were sparked that would lead to the formation of Trans@Bungie
later that year.
2021’s June was similar, when Pride was driven by Trans@Bungie
. We delivered an email series featuring employees sharing their stories, a Codenames game night, and another movie night, this time featuring Saving Face
. This year was also the first time we had a major Pride related push outside of June. To quote a friend on the Pride strike team, “We’re not gay just one month of the year.” In November of 2021, we released Bungie’s first free ID&E-related emblem, Be True. Additionally, we had one of the first in-game messages celebrating the new emblem and communicating our stance supporting the trans community. We’ve heard from many how big a positive impact these efforts made and we continue to every week, thank you for that.
We also want to call out the charitable impact we’ve made. Summing up everything we’ve made as of May 31, 2022, from the Pride pin, it’s just shy of $480,000. That’s all thanks to the efforts of the team to create this initiative and the amazing community we have that supports our beliefs. If you haven’t checked out our new Pride emblem, you can read more about that in this TWAB
Beyond this, we’ve got some fun plans coming for the future of celebrating Pride at Bungie. We can’t quite speak to them yet, but we promise they will be…. colorful. 😊
Bungie Pride Strike Team
Player Support Report
Season of the FEELS
Another week another patch, that is four in a row if you are keeping count. And you know who is keeping count? Our Player Support team. They are keeping a close eye on what ongoing issues are active and are here to keep you up to speed on what we are currently tracking.
This is their report.
184.108.40.206 RESOLVED ISSUES
Earlier this week, Hotfix 220.127.116.11 was released to the world. Below is a list of some of the issues that were resolved with this hotfix:
- The Hrafnagud ornament for Celestial Nighthawk was unavailable to equip.
- Some players were missing Void and Arc subclass unlocks.
- Players could not use Armor Synthesis.
AIRBORNE EFFECTIVENESS ISSUE
We are currently investigating an issue where some Exotic armor pieces are not granting the advertised airborne effectiveness stat correctly when equipped. The affected Exotic armor pieces are as follows:
- Sealed Ahamkara Grasps
- Lion Rampant
- Peregrine Greaves
- Wings of Sacred Dawn
GCX EMBLEM DISTRIBUTION
Players who have donated towards the GCX celebration should expect all donation emblems to be distributed around the week of June 27, 2022.
While we continue investigating various known issues
, here is a list of the latest issues that were reported to us in our #Help forum
- Please note that the Flawless Thoughtstealer Triumph requires players to complete all encounters in the Duality dungeon without any members of the fireteam dying.
- The Tears of Contrition Scout Rifle displays the incorrect magazine options when Shaping the weapon at the Relic, and upon Shaping it, it is displayed incorrectly.
- The Without Remorse Shotgun does not appear in Collections.
- The Conflux legend Lost Sector requires The Rift Legend Lost Sector to be unlocked.
- The Leviathan destination weekly challenge does not progress for some players.
- Certain weapon damage buffs are not functioning correctly in PvP, including the Will Given Form buff from the Ager’s Scepter catalyst.
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
Whatever Happens, Happens
We uncovered violations from several of the creators for both MOTW winners and decided to remove them and won't be issuing any emblems.
Have Hammer, Will Explore
Hippy: Another week, another slew of amazing creations from the Destiny community. The Seasonal story brings all the feels—the laughs, the cries, the “who the heck!?”—so we figured some comfort was well-deserved. Do you know who else deserves some comfort? My boo Eris, so it’s to the spa to de-stress and unwind. There is also some sweet Titan art that a lot of you seemed to love and as a Titan main, I can’t say I’m mad at it.
Enough talk; let’s get right into this week’s art, shall we?
Art of the Week: The Other Half
Art of the Week: Destiny’s Sunbreaker
B-b-b-BONUS Art of the Week: Let There Be Leisure (Warning for use of strong language in the original poster’s caption.)
Don’t forget to tag us in your creations when that inspiration hits you. Be sure to use #AOTW, #MOTW, and #Destiny2Art to make sure nothing is missed!
I know, it was a pretty light TWAB this week. They tend to slim down a bit deeper into the Season. We did want to point out a great behind the scenes exploration of how our Audio team designs all the sounds you find out in the worlds of Destiny. Go give it a read
if you haven’t already and let us know what you think, we are hoping to take a few of these deeper dives into various teams at Bungie in the future.
Have a great Friday tomorrow and a great weekend!