Director's Cut: Part II is now available: https://www.bungie.net/en/Explore/Detail/News/48064 Director's Cut: Part I may also be found here: https://www.bungie.net/en/Explore/Detail/News/48058
Luke Smith is trying to spin these changes as, "We listened and this is what you wanted." Not it's not. I don't see much here that was asked for. It's just more experimentation. The elitism seems to be increased. Some level is only attainable from certain activities. I am sure that those activities will be PvP based. Smith has stated that he loves Gambit. One can read into that that the Gambit concept will be more so integrated into general play. I opted out of Solstice immediately I saw that PvP was required in at least two armor pieces. If any one wants to play PvP, that's fine. Please do play it. But if I want to [i]not[/i] play PvP, the same courtesy is [u]not[/u] extended. Instead, I'm told that I can opt out of PvP, but there is a penalty! It's actually surprising how many of my Clan playing friends don't play, and will not play, PvP. Instead, what they do is hand over their account to PvP players in the Clan, to fill in. What a concept! "Don't like part of Destiny? No worries, just get someone else to do it for you."