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This Week At Bungie – 8/29/2019

This week at Bungie, we’re heading to PAX West.

While it’s still summer here in the states, the seasons are beginning to show signs of change. Leaves will soon change color, and the evenings will get cooler with each passing day. October 1 is just a few quick weeks away, but we have an Expo to attend this weekend—and much more to share with you before launch.

Earlier today, we published an article to shed some light on our new approach to Seasons in Year 3 of Destiny 2. Game Director Luke Smith almost broke his keyboard again dishing out the details on our upcoming Season Pass, the Seasonal Artifact, and more lessons from the last year of Destiny 2.

Shadowkeep kicks off a whole new year of Destiny updates. We hope you’ll come along with us every step of the way.

Destination: PAX West

Every summer, we find ourselves traveling the world to talk about Destiny. At the end of that journey, right before a Destiny launch, we make a final stop in our own backyard. We wouldn’t have it any other way. PAX West holds a special place in our hearts. It’s the show where more developers from Bungie get to interact with the people who play their games than any other.

This year, our booth is a chance for you to visit Widow’s Court again. Risk/Reward matches are making a return to 48 gameplay stations. If you didn’t attend GuardianCon earlier this year, here’s the lowdown on how you can earn some convention-exclusive loot to prove that you were not only there, but you emerged victorious from a re-imagined field of battle:

Reward Matches
Play a round of 6v6 Control to earn an exclusive PAX West edition of the Drifter Coin. Win or lose, you’ll earn this reward. You’re more than welcome to pass through the line as many times as you’d like to collect these coins for you, your friends, or even a fellow Guardian that you meet at the event!

Risk Matches
If you’d like to earn something a little more flashy, you can spend one of your coins to commit yourself to a round of 3v3 Elimination. If you win, you’ll receive an exclusive Crucible pin, available only at PAX West 2019.

Bungie Store
We’ll also have some goodies for purchase, without the intrigue of combat. The Bungie Store is coming to PAX in full force. This is your opportunity to grab some Shadowkeep loot before it becomes available online. Our away team will even stock some PAX-exclusive items, available only to those who attend!

Meet the Devs
One of the things we enjoy most about events is giving you the opportunities to meet the developers of Destiny. Through the entire weekend, our booth will be fully staffed with people from various disciplines. We’ll also have book signings and general meet-and-greets with the developers, so stay tuned to @Bungie for announcements of availability!

Aurum Effects returns to the Bungie booth showcasing various weapon builds from the history of Destiny. Stop by to meet Eric Newguard and Derek Rosengrant to learn about his craft.

Community Cosplay Meetup
It wouldn’t be PAX without cosplay, now would it? Each year, members of our community rally together to host a cosplay meetup, which also serves as a general meet-and-greet for any member of the community to attend.

When: Sunday, September 1, 1:30–2:30 PM PDT
Where: Freeway Park, behind the convention center

We have a lot going on. Hope to see you out there!

No Matter the Platform

Quality of life is on the mind as Destiny 2 Hotfix approaches for next Tuesday. Destiny Player Support has a full rundown prepared, giving you dates and times for our maintenance window so you don’t miss a thing.

This is their report.

Destiny 2 Hotfix
Next week, Hotfix will become available to players in Destiny 2. This hotfix makes several targeted quality-of-life improvements to the Destiny 2 experience, including changes to the quests for the Wendigo GL3 and The Mountaintop pinnacle Grenade Launchers.

For deployment times when they are available, follow @BungieHelp on Twitter or monitor our support feed on For the full patch notes as soon as they are available, stay tuned to our Updates page.

Players who observe issues during any maintenance window should report to the #Help forum.

Preparing for PC Migration
With the launches of Shadowkeep and New Light on October 1, Destiny 2 on PC is migrating from to Steam. Players who want to prepare their account for this upcoming migration should visit our PC Move page to get started.

PC players who link a Steam account to their profile will be fully prepared to have their Guardians, game licenses, and Silver transferred to their Steam account on October 1. Purchases—September 3
On September 3, Destiny 2 game content and Destiny 2 Silver will no longer be available for purchase on the shop.

PC players who wish to play Destiny 2 before October 1 have until the September 3 deadline to make their purchase on From that point on, Destiny 2 game purchases for PC will be available only from the Steam Store product page.

Forsaken Character Boosts—September 3
Also on September 3, Destiny 2: Forsaken character boosts will no longer be available for purchase on any platform.

On October 1, players who wish to accelerate their Destiny 2 experience straight into the end game will find that all characters (new and old) are auto-levelled to 750 Power. Paired with the optimized new player experience in New Light, players will be able to jump into endgame activities faster than ever.

For more information, please see our New Light page.

Reeling for More

Even though the heat of the summer is winding down, it’s still nice to hide away in an air-conditioned movie theater to escape the power of the day star. Grab a refreshing drink, and check these movies out:

Movie of the Week: Mr. Fahrenheit

Honorable Mention: I’ve never cared so much about the life of a Sparrow until this video

If you’d like to put your name in the hat for Movie of the Week, make sure to post your content to the Community Creations page on, or throw a video to myself or Cozmo on Twitter.

I think it’s pretty obvious that PAX West is something special to many of us here. Ten years ago was my first, but I remember it like it was yesterday. Meeting my clan for the first time, walking through the halls to get hands on with many of the games I was excited to play in the fall. I had the opportunity to meet folks from Bungie for the first time, which led to a dream to work here someday. This event can spark a lifetime of friendship, or a set of goals that leads to your future career. Hopefully we’ll see you around the Bungie booth for some Crucible action. Maybe we’ll bump into each other on the mean streets of Seattle after hours, too.

It’s hard to think about next week when we have an action-packed weekend, but the Mars community challenge is almost here. I’ve seen some players placing bets on how quickly the community will complete the objectives. I’m not a betting man, but I believe in you all.

Good luck, and see you out there.


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