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This Week At Bungie –3/15/2018

This week at Bungie, we are welcoming back faction leaders to rally your support.

The factions are coming back next week to duke it out again. New Monarchy has lived up to its name, dominating the last three events in a row. Dead Orbit looks to return to glory, and Future War Cult is desperate to get its first win on the board. Next week, all three factions will have their shot. Faction Rallies kicks off at 10 AM PDT on Tuesday, March 20.

Pride isn’t the only thing on the line. New weaponry is now available. Here is what’s been added to the packages reward pool:

Those are not the only new weapons up for grabs. Whichever faction has the most redeemed packages at the end of the event will make their prized weapon available for purchase. Anyone who pledged to the winning faction will pick it up for 1,000 Glimmer. Those who were not loyal can still get it, but it’s going to run them a steep 50,000 Glimmer. Here are the offerings the factions have to entice you to join their cause:

Future War Cult Sniper Rifle

New Monarchy Grenade Launcher

Dead Orbit Sniper Rifle

Their fates are in your hands. Choose wisely. 

Faction Vacation

This will be your last chance at earning the ornaments for Season 2, so if you are missing anything, you’ll want to make sure you grab it before victory week ends on April 3rd. If you are missing any emblems, you will need to pledge to the faction you are missing before March 27. After that, Faction Rallies will be taking some time off while we work to make the event even better. We spoke with the Seasons team about their goals for the upcoming Faction Rallies improvements, planned for Season 3. 

Seasons Team: We have been reviewing player feedback on Faction Rallies and are planning to make some fundamental changes to the event. Here are a few of the overall goals we are trying to achieve: 
  • Pledging to a faction should be a meaningful choice.
  • Rewards should not be time-gated.
  • Faction Rallies should provide a unique gameplay experience and not simply be a reward layer on top of the existing game.
  • The event should grant additional insight into faction lore and goals.
  • It should build upon player interest in Lost Sectors and armor ornament objectives.

I know, you want the juicy details on how we are going to accomplish these goals. As we get further along in development, we will share more with you on how this event will evolve in the future.

What Does “High Score” Mean?

Every week, we plan on showing you the three highest-scoring fireteams from the previous Nightfall. Last week, there were some monster scores on “The Pyramidion.” If you are wondering how these Guardians were posting such astronomical numbers, some of the hardcore players in the community discovered a creative method of juicing their scores in Lost Sectors. We’re looking at a fix in 1.2.0, but until then, we’ll see who can be the most efficient at running up the score with these methods. Game on!

Helpful Companions

There is a team that serves as the watchful Guardians of the #Help forum. You know them as Destiny Player Support. 

This is their report.

Destiny 2 Companion App
Since the Destiny 2 Companion App update became available last week, players have been reporting difficulties in applying shaders, spawn effects, modifications, perks, or Masterworks to gear.

Through investigation, we have found that players who disable notifications on the Companion App are unable to confirm the application of their desired changes. If you are encountering this issue, enable notifications to resolve this issue.

Nightfall Emblem Variants
As of Destiny 2 Update 1.1.3, each strike offers a unique emblem that can be earned when the strike is featured as a Nightfall activity. Additionally, each emblem has multiple emblem variants that may be unlocked when players reach specific Nightfall strike par scores.

We’ve been witnessing some confusion in the #Help forum from players asking why they did not receive an emblem variant on their first Nightfall completion, even when they were meeting a par score. There’s a chance for emblem variants to be awarded to players upon Nightfall activity completion when they meet par score requirements, and it may take multiple Nightfall completions to earn. Additionally, emblem variants can be earned on either Normal or Prestige difficulty, but some par scores may be achievable only on Prestige difficulty.

The Shape of Destiny

The Creations page is where it’s at for community art and videos. Since the beginning of time, we’ve been highlighting our favorite community-created videos each week and awarding an emblem to the creators. Make sure you go and vote for your favorites—it helps us identify which ones are already standing out among the community.

Let’s get to the movies.

Movie of the Week: DRUMS!

Honorable Mention: “Borealis? At this time of year?”

Honorable Mention: Saved!

We’ve been monitoring the response and gathering your feedback about all of the Sandbox and Crucible changes we told you about last week. We’ve heard a lot of feedback on in-air accuracy. The Sandbox team let us know that in the upcoming “Go Fast Update,” they are increasing hip fire accuracy and ADS accuracy for Hand Cannons on consoles. They also said they would take another look at in-air accuracy and do some testing after Update 1.1.4 goes live.

Speaking of 1.1.4, we’ll be back next week with some more info on the update you will be playing in less than two weeks! We’ll also show off the new Nightfall Unique Rewards.

We’re planning to update the Roadmap tomorrow, so keep an eye out for that. In the meantime, I’ll be pledging to Future War Cult to try to get them a win. Who’s with me?

<3 Cozmo

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