This week at Bungie we’re looking downstream.
Amidst all the other unannounced happenings under our roof, the past few weeks have seen us working on the next download to Destiny. If you’ve been following the chatter here, you know that we’re calling it HotFix 184.108.40.206. That’s not as catchy a name as, say, “The Dawning,” but this is not a new delivery of missions. For this update, we’re making some essential changes to combat between Guardians, so a number will suffice.
The closest we’ve come to giving a date for the launch of this vessel has been to say “Mid-February.” Our best-laid plans are to let it flow from our servers to your console on February 14. Tuesday mornings have always been a good time for us to shoot the rapids.
There is still one more week to spend talking about this one, and we’ll do it live.
Row Your Boat
Our Twitch set has been dark since the last time we warmed up the tech to race some Sparrows against those agreeable blokes from Achievement Hunter.
Today, we’re shaking off the dust to deliver some presentations to each other. We’re using our own screens to share some future plans we can’t even tease you with. That’s right: we do internal Bungie-only streams. Just imagine what we talk to each other about inside our own house. It’s a good way to get everyone on the same page without dragging them away from their desks where each of them wields their own special brand of magic.
Next week, we’ll be hosting a stream that you’re invited to watch. We’ll be unpacking the contents of HotFix 220.127.116.11 in a live fire exercise. On the hot seat will be Sandbox Designers Josh Hamrick and Greg Peng. Last week, we gave you a preview of their goals. When our Twitch channel sparks alight again, they’ll delve deeper into the gory details.
Sandbox UpdateWednesday, February 810AM Pacific
Our plan is to talk about the different ways in which you fight in Destiny. What is the purpose for different styles of attack? How are they performing right now in comparison to each other? How is all that about to change?
These questions, and more, are the ones they’ll be answering. Tune in and hang out. They might even answer your question.
There will be data. There will be blood.
Sharks Patrol These Waters
Some game interruptions are scheduled for the greater good. Others are just your console running around when the current leads you astray. No matter the cause, Destiny Player Support is the rescue operation that shows up to throw you a line.
This is their report.
Destiny Server MaintenanceThis week, Destiny servers underwent a second scheduled maintenance. This maintenance should not have interrupted any Destiny gameplay, and no changes were made to the player-facing Destiny experience.If you encountered issues connecting to our servers during the maintenance period, please post a report to the #Help forum detailing what error messaging you may have seen, and how long you were impacted.Local Network Fireteam IssuesOne of our highest priority investigations since the release of Destiny: Rise of Iron pertains to Local Network Fireteam Issues. Some players are currently unable to form Fireteams with other players connected to the same router or home network.In recent weeks, we have identified a potential cause for this issue that was introduced by a previous Destiny Update. Internal teams are actively investigating ways in which to address this issue in hopes of implementing a solution in a future Destiny Update. We would like to thank all players who have posted reports to the #Help forum concerning this issue, as it has greatly aided in our investigations.Siva Key Fragment and Skeleton Key IssuesAlongside the Local Network Fireteam Issue, we are actively investigating reports of SIVA Key Fragments or Skeleton Keys being removed from Character Inventory. In many cases, reporting players have stated that this issue occurs more frequently when Characters have a full inventory of Skeleton Keys (5) or SIVA Key Fragments (200).Additionally, logging out of Destiny either by changing Characters, logging out, closing the game application, or turning off a console after leaving Common Engrams containing these items within the game-world may lead to this issue occurring.Until resolved, we highly recommend players ensure that characters have enough inventory space to collect these items when awarded, and that players make sure to collect all Common Engram rewards when available. When additional updates are available, we will provide them through help.bungie.net, with further messaging through @BungieHelp on Twitter.
Your community manager loves passing out Emblems. Every day, he decorates players for their finest accomplishments, be they in the arena or the editing room. Look, there he is right now, doing it in real time!
Cozmo: Welcome to MOTW XXIVIV. I’m actually really bad with roman numerals, so that might not be accurate. I also find it difficult to know which "Big Game" is happening. DeeJ is a huge football fan and won’t stop talking about it. I think the Tom Bradys will win, but DeeJ picked the Blackhawks. This week’s winner of MOTW depicts a competition bigger than the "Big Game," the Puppy Bowl, and the Mega Bowl combined. Give it a watch.
Movie of the Week: The Titan Bowl
Honorable Mention: The Seventh Sense
Honorable Mention: Nobody got time for trolls
It’s almost time to put oars into the water. Join us next week to learn how our designers weave your war stories, everyone’s player data, and our own playtests into a new meta for how gunplay and abilities can achieve a counter-balance in the heat of battle.
We know you’re impatient for new things to play. We’re impatient to talk to you about what we’re building on our riverbank. We’ll meet each other in the middle soon. Don’t forget that, beyond this next HotFix, you still haven’t seen the last from the Live Team.
Before we give you new things to shoot at, though, we have some business to settle with the gunsmiths.