JP: Hello, Guardians!I’d like to thank everyone for expressing their opinions on the latest changes to Iron Banner. Overall feedback on the structure and rewards of the event has been positive. We believe we’re achieving our goals for the event. We’ll continue to monitor feedback and event participation so we can improve the Iron Banner experience more in the future.If I had to summarize the goals for the latest changes to the event in one sentence, it would be this:
“As a player, I can play Iron Banner and be rewarded fairly for my time, regardless of which days of the week work with my schedule.”
Now, if that bland sentence leaves something to be desired, let’s dive into more detail about our intended goals for the current event structure!RanksThe goal for Iron Banner Ranks are to provide a system of progression that we can tie to specific rewards. Currently, these rewards include items with curated rolls on the event vendor and progress in the Rise of Iron Record Book. Previously, we used Ranks to grant reward Packages that provided a chance to earn specific Legendary items. Using the Rank mechanic in such a way was confusing to many players. It caused an unrewarding experience during the first several matches played in the event. Some players were even losing intentionally to avoid changing potential post-game rewards.In the current event structure, you’ll find that you no longer need to reach Rank Five on all of your characters to unlock all possible rewards. This is intended to reduce the amount of pressure associated with the time commitment. For players who have the time to continue playing after unlocking the Rank-restricted rewards, you’ll be able to continue earning rewards by completing Bounties or finishing matches. The rate at which you gain reputation in Iron Banner was also increased to make unlocking those Rank-restricted rewards less time consuming.BountiesThe goal for Bounties is to provide additional sources of Reputation, Experience, Legendary Marks and event-related rewards. The decision to feature only Weekly Bounties was aligned with the removal of the Tempered mechanic and the overall reduction of time needed to increase Rank. Previously, players felt pressured to login each day with all of their characters to pick up the daily bounties, whether they were going to complete them that day or not. It also felt necessary to optimize your Bounty completion by stacking Daily Bounties and waiting until late in the week to turn in completed Bounties. This resulted in a lot of effort being required on the part of the player that was not a valuable aspect of the event.The addition of a guaranteed Legendary item earned from each Bounty is a replacement for the Rank Five package. This new reward system quadruples the amount of non-post-game Legendary items players could previously receive per character. You have more chances to earn Legendary items, and the Bounty rewards include items that are not available from Efrideet. That helps to increase the variety of loot you can obtain during each Iron Banner.QuestThe goal for the introductory quest to Iron Banner was to introduce players to Lady Efrideet. It was made available to be completed once on each character. Additionally, it was an opportunity to provide some additional rewards to celebrate the launch of Rise of Iron and the new Iron Banner event structure. This Quest was not intended to be a replacement for Rank packages. Given that repeatable Quests was a feature introduced in Rise of Iron, we can understand how players made an assumption about the introduction to Efrideet being repeatable. Sorry any confusion around this issue. I hope that players continue to find Iron Banner to be a fun and rewarding experience.TLDRWe want you to play Iron Banner for fun and rewards. We don’t want you to have to do complex math, abstain from participating until your investment is optimal, or feel like you have to grind just for the sake of grinding. The event is technically more rewarding than ever, in multiple ways. I hope that expressed goal reflects your experience. As always, your feedback is welcome.And as always please, please… two zones is enough, Guardian.
JS: “The Companion team is always looking for ways to promote you, our fans and content creators. We hope that this next addition to your Creations will give you another medium to create some of the most elaborate and enjoyable content we’ve seen. Get out there and share your legend. You can’t stop the signal.”
SIVA Cache Keys and Key FragmentsInternal investigations continue concerning player reports of SIVA Cache Keys or Key Fragments missing from character inventory. As we troubleshoot these reports, we have noted the following actions that may lead to the loss of SIVA Key Fragments:
- Players report that this may occur when leaving White Engrams containing SIVA Key Fragments within the game world when returning to Orbit, or turning off a Console.
- Players report that this may occur when SIVA Key Fragments within the Postmaster are removed, due to Postmaster inventory limits.We are also aware of reports that some players are not receiving SIVA Key Fragments rewards after accepting Destiny Update 184.108.40.206. Initial reports indicate that this may only be impacting players who completed a checkpoint within the Wrath of the Machine Raid between 1:00 and 10:00 AM Pacific on Tuesday, November 9th.As we continue to investigate these issues, stay tuned to @BungieHelp and the Destiny: Rise of Iron Known Issues list on the #Help forum. Additional information will be provided as it becomes available.Iron BannerIron Banner will be available through the Weekly Reset on Tuesday, November 15th at 1:00 AM Pacific. The Iron Banner Help Article received an update with the release of Destiny: Rise of Iron, to detail all changes to this recurring event. Players new to Destiny may also view this help article to learn about the following:
- Entry Requirements
- How to earn Reputation
- How to earn Rewards
- Changes from previous Iron Banner eventsIf you experience any issues when playing Iron Banner, please post a report to the #Help forum with details concerning what has impacted your Destiny experience. Destiny Player Support and Community Mentors are on standby to assist.
Cozmo: Get ready for some movies. This week we have four more lined up for your viewing pleasure. Only one can be crowned Movie of the Week, but all of our Honorable mentions will also be taking that sweet Emblem home. You can submit your own entries to our Creations page for your chance at winning it all.
The lights have dimmed and we don’t have to wait through any previews.