This week at Bungie, we started unboxing the decorations for Festival of the Lost.
Starting Tuesday, October 16, all Destiny 2 players are invited to join in on the festivities. Amanda Holliday will serve as your host, offering bounties, masks, and rewards for all to partake in. Guardians will be invited to confront their Nightmares in the Haunted Forest, a limited-time activity exclusive to Festival of the Lost. If you missed the announcement yesterday, head over to the blog article to get caught up.
Festival of the Lost isn’t the only thing starting next Tuesday. Tuesday is filled to the brim with updates to the game, live events, and more. Read on for details below.
Launching a game reveals what we did right and where we could have done better. With the first month of Forsaken behind us, we’re taking stock of what we’ve learned. Some of those learnings will manifest in game updates that we’re deploying in the very near future, but not every improvement can be made with code changes. We also want to make it less complicated for other Guardians to begin their journey in Forsaken.
Effective October 16, the purchase of Destiny 2: Forsaken will include the two expansions included in the Destiny 2 Expansion Pass. Every player of Destiny 2 who has yet to touch down on the Tangled Shore will need only the Forsaken upgrade. Our hope is that this will eliminate some of the questions that confront a player as they try to join our party.
“What about us?” we can hear everyone who has already purchased Forsaken asking.
You’re our Vanguard. We appreciate you beginning the hunt on day one. You were there when the first raid finish changed the Dreaming City. You’ve been part of the conversation that has breathed enthusiasm back into the Tower. For you, and only the players like you, we have a collection of veteran’s rewards as an expression of our appreciation for being on the frontlines.
Every Guardian who played Forsaken prior to October 16 will receive the following bundle of items.
The Tiger Stripe Black Shader and Veterans Nameplate emblem are exclusive to players who earn this bundle by playing Forsaken prior to October 16. The two Exotic emotes will be made available on Eververse sometime in the future. All item names are subject to change.
Thank you for playing, and thank you for being the first to experience what we’ve created. This package is currently slated to be delivered to Veterans in early December. When the new Guardians arrive, please join us in extending to them the welcome that has made this community so notorious as an awesome group of people.
Out of the Iron, into the Fire
Lord Saladin returns to the tower, just in time to witness Guardians donning their brand new Shaxx masks. Iron Banner begins Tuesday 10/16, and ends Tuesday 10/23.
Coming with Destiny 2 Update 2.0.4, Iron Banner bounty objectives and rewards have been updated to address player feedback.
Each bounty will now offer a powerful reward
Bounty objectives have been updated to the following:
Lightbearer: Reduced Super kills to 20 from 25
Iron in the Blood: Reduced match completions to 15 from 30
Shine On: Reduced Orbs generated to 50 from 100
Iron Victory: Reduced match wins to 7 from 10
To Be Precise: Reduced precision kills to 50 from 100
All in a Week’s Work: Reduced kills to 150 from 250
Players will also unlock an item in Lord Saladin’s inventory for direct purchase with each bounty completion, featuring curated perk rolls. This time around, foxes and wolves will battle it out for a spot in your arsenal.
Looking to earn some masterwork cores on top of everything above? For the duration of Iron Banner, Valor gains will also be increased.
Double Valor: 10/16–10/19
Triple Valor: 10/19–10/23
With all these rewards, there’s no better time to dip your toe into the Crucible. See you out there.
World Wide Web
If you’re reading these words in English, and you follow @Bungie, feel free to scroll on to the next section. If you don’t follow, by the way, you’re missing out on some sweet tweets!
If you’re reading a localized version of this blog article in another language, the same people who translated our words into your words might also lend a hand to help us throw our arms around the world.
Or follow them all if you want to see how worldly we’re becoming.
Wherever you are and whatever you speak, we thank you for being a part of this growing global community!
Get Your Mask On
We’ve already told you about masks your Guardian can wear, here’s a way you can join in on the fun in the real world: Download and print out the free papercraft chicken template, courtesy of the Bungie Store.
If you’re eager to change your look further, a three-pack bundle of papercraft mask templates will be available on the Bungie Store the day before Festival of the Lost launches, in both digital and physical editions. Each purchase of the 2018 Festival of the Lost Papercraft Masks will come with a Destiny 2 in-game emblem code for the Circles Entwined emblem.
Stay tuned to @BungieStore on Twitter for the latest updates.
Running the Schedule
Last week, we gave you a quick preview of some bug fixes we had planned for the month of October. Our first deployment is coming in hot, and Destiny Player Support has the details on when to expect your download to begin.
Update 2.0.4 Incoming
This week, in preparation for Destiny 2 Update 2.0.4, we conducted backend maintenance on the live game. One more maintenance window is required, however, to bring Destiny 2 Update 2.0.4 to players.
Please see below for the Update 2.0.4 deployment schedule for Tuesday, October 16, as outlined on our Server and Update Status page:
7:00 AM PDT (1400 UTC)
Destiny 2 maintenance is scheduled to begin
No downtime is expected
Some Destiny Companion features will be unavailable on the web, mobile, and third-party apps
Update 2.0.4 will begin rolling out across all platforms and regions
9:45 AM PDT (1645 UTC)
Any Destiny 2 players remaining in activities who have not yet installed Update 2.0.4 will be removed from activities and returned to the title screen to take this update
10:00 AM PDT (1700 UTC)
Destiny 2 maintenance is scheduled to conclude
Destiny Companion features will be reenabled
Players who encounter issues should report them to the #Help forum
PLEASE NOTE: Update 2.0.4 is required to participate in Festival of the Lost, which launches following the conclusion of this maintenance.
For the latest information during maintenance windows, players should stay tuned to @BungieHelp on Twitter or monitor our support feed on help.bungie.net. For patch notes when they are available, players should keep an eye on our Updates page.
Petra’s Run and GUITAR Errors
In past weeks, Destiny Player Support reported an issue in the “Last Wish” raid where some players might sporadically encounter GUITAR errors as they made their way to the heart of the Dreaming City. While this issue is still under investigation, fireteams should be especially aware of it as they make their attempts at the “Petra’s Run” Triumph.
This Triumph requires fireteams to complete the “Last Wish” raid with no deaths. However, any player in the fireteam being returned to orbit due to any error will make all players ineligible for this Triumph on that run.
Destiny 2: Forsaken Known Issues
In addition to the items listed above, Destiny Player Support is tracking the latest issues reported by players on the #Help forum. Provided below is a brief overview of the latest known issues in Destiny 2: Forsaken.
BrayTech RWP Mk. II: We are investigating reports where the BrayTech Scout Rifle doesn’t appear in Collections for some players.
Ascendant Challenge Emblem: We are monitoring reports of the Ascendant Challenge emblem not updating correctly.
PC FPS: We are investigating an issue where some players are experiencing low FPS, which impacts their gameplay sporadically.
This week, we’ve come across a few submissions that we just can’t get out of our heads. Throw on some headphones and get ready to rock out to some fun tunes.
Movie of the Week: No Screeb
Honorable Mention: Smells like Raid Spirit (Language Warning)
If you’d like a shot at the Lens of Fate emblem, make sure to submit your video to the Creations page on bungie.net and include #MOTW in your title.
If you are still on the hunt for a Bungie Bounty, here is the schedule for next week. This is the last week we have scheduled but we will do more Bounties in the future.
It’s an exciting time here at Bungie. Festival of the Lost is about to begin, with Iron Banner in tow. It’s always a pleasure watching the community reach new heights. Some of you earned your very own Wayfarer titles this week on Titan. More of you are summoning the courage to attempt a flawless raid for the “Petra’s Run” Triumph, and Luna’s Howl is becoming more common in the Crucible as players reach Fabled in Competitive Crucible.
With Update 2.0.4’s bug fixes and quality-of-life improvements on the way, we’re excited to see you checking off your goals in Destiny 2. We’ll be right by your side, looking to earn some titles for ourselves as well. See you next week.