This Week At Bungie – 3/12/2020
This week at Bungie, a collision course was set.
With the launch of Season of the Worthy, Guardians are heading into the wild to discover lost Seraph Bunkers and power up Rasputin’s defenses to take on this new threat. Here is a quick look at some of what you can expect during the new Season of Destiny:
Before we embark on the first TWAB of the new Season, we’d like to acknowledge some feedback that we’ve been seeing in the wild. We had a large change to emblems and stat trackers, which we’ll be talking about later in the TWAB. We’re also seeing some discussion on the new weapons of the season, and lack of Ritual Weapons for Vanguard, Crucible, and Gambit. The team is currently reviewing and discussing the feedback, and we will be looking to talk about our goals for weapons in a future TWAB.
There are a variety of other topics, from Eververse to armor mods, which we’re collecting feedback on and discussing internally as a team. While we don’t have any specific changes to announce at this time, we wanted to make sure you know that we see the feedback and are actively discussing this internally. Once we have more information, we’ll be sure to let you know.
It’s been a wild launch week, but we’re just getting started. Tomorrow’s Friday and the day isn’t just reserved for Xûr anymore. Trials returns, and we’ve got a bit to talk about to get you prepared.
In case you still haven’t heard. Trials of Osiris returns this Season. The first weekend of action-packed high-stakes PvP starts tomorrow. Let’s set the mood, shall we?
For everyone not familiar with Trials of Osiris, here’s a quick rundown of what to expect. The game mode is 3v3 Elimination, using the same rules showcased in the last few Seasons. The key difference is that Saint-14 will be calling the matches, and now your Power matters. You must be 960 Power to participate. Your Trials Passage, or “card” is your ticket in. Try to get as many wins as possible before you hit three losses and have to start over. Earn a flawless victory by winning seven matches with no losses. You can reset your Trials Passage at any time by accessing the item in your quests, or on the Trials of Osiris activity node.
One change from the previous Trials of Osiris is that there are no Boons that you will need to purchase and apply. Instead, there will be five different Trials Passages you can choose from that offer different bonuses built in like forgiving one loss per run or granting bonus experience from wins that increase with the number of wins on a ticket.
Players will also be able to earn Trials Tokens to turn into Saint-14 to increase their reputation and earn Trials Engrams. Any Tokens that a player doesn’t spend that week will be removed when Trials ends at the next weekly reset so spend them if you got them.
We have more details on these features and how Trials of Osiris will work in our full Trials of Osiris help article.
Trials of Osiris will match you with opponents based on your connections and how many wins you have logged on your current Passage. To submit yourselves to these Trials, you must form your own Fireteam.
Now go and shine bright as beacons of light.
In preparation for Trials of Osiris, our security team has been hard at work protecting the integrity of the Crucible. We’re always working to improve our defenses against cheats and other malicious activity. Recently, we’ve improved our methods for combating those who feel like they don’t have to play by the rules. We will be keeping a close eye on Trials of Osiris, where the stakes are even higher.
New server-side security features have been deployed specifically for Trials of Osiris, and we hardened our network layer to make it more resilient to network manipulation. We’ve also increased our staffing to be able to handle the review and banning of cheaters.
Because the ongoing battle with cheating is fought primarily with information, we can’t go into exact details on our methods which might tip off would-be cheaters on ways to get around them. We can assure you we take cheating seriously and will continue to work to both prevent it and punish any offenders.
If you do come across anyone you suspect of cheating, please report them in-game as well as online with our Suspected Cheater Report Form.
In Season of the Worthy, all emblems have been converted to use our new stat trackers. That means all emblems will be inspectable and can have trackers equipped or not.
When designing this system, our overall goal is to provide players more ways and options to show off their accomplishments. Our first selection of stats were determined by prioritizing stats that represented a skill that could be improved week-over-week or Season-over-Season and be an accomplishment that players would want to display that was meaningful to other players. Because of that, some stats that couldn’t be completed or improved any longer weren’t included.
We believe in these requirements in principle, but strictly applying them retroactively unfairly removed your ability to show off accomplishments that you could flaunt in Seasons prior. It was a change made with good intention, but was the wrong way to roll out a new system. We’ve identified some stats that can be added back in a future patch, and wanted to share them with you. We are currently planning to add these stat trackers back in an update later in the Season.
- Season 8 Season Pass Rank Earned
- Season 9 Season Pass Rank Earned
- Fractaline Donated
- Kills as a Sentinel Titan
- Kills as a Striker Titan
- Kills as a Sunbreaker Titan
- Kills as a Arcstrider Hunter
- Kills as a Nightstalker Hunter
- Kills as a Gunslinger Hunter
- Kills as a Stormcaller Warlock
- Kills as a Dawnblade Warlock
- Kills as a Voidwalker Warlock
- Gold Medals Earned
- Longest Glory Win Streak
- Total Valor Resets
- Pit of Heresy Solo Flawless Completions
This list isn't complete yet and we plan to add to it before the update is released. As a note, none of the stats that were previously tracked have been lost. We’re still storing them all. Some stats would take a bit more work to return to the fold, and we’d love to see more player feedback to help us prioritize which you’d like to see return in the future. Feel free to sound off on the Bungie.net forums, DTG Subreddit, or even Twitter. We’ve got eyes … everywhere.
Which emblem stats did you find most valuable, and why?
As always, thank you for the feedback surrounding this feature. We’re excited for players to mix and match different stats with different emblems, and are eager to improve the feature in future updates.
This past week several players from the French community showed the kindness and generosity of Guardians by putting on a charity event. Here is our Community Manager Epyon with a quick recap of the event.
Epyon: This past weekend was a special time for the French community and I wanted to thank all the amazing people involved in the Unitystreamzz charity event and the whole French community. French content creators put on a 72-hour livestream marathon. Their goal was to help Camille, a daughter of one of the members of our community who contracted leukemia a few years ago. She’s on her way to recovering but the French community wanted to help her smile again. To say that they achieved their goal would be an understatement.
During these 72 hours of livestreaming, more than 6,000 viewers watched some of their favorite Guardians taking up challenges set up by themselves or the community. Those viewers also donated a total of 10,724 euros (around 12,200 dollars).It was pretty amazing to see all these people gather and do such great things. I’m blessed to be part of this community. Thank you to Line and Yoda from ZombiesFaktory, Scalap, Psmen, Kidadou, Chunklaw, GiJohndo, Morrigh4n, Merj1, Jupil, Psmen, Tutuu, Chunklaw, Kidadou, Marston, Jonwito, Ippo, Mr_Wolf45, Puxian555, Ashaya. Also, a special thanks to all the moderators, Teyzyl, Donovan,Lou_Lou, ATrlfe, Stark, PFonsde, Louloutte, Wiphy, Didigatari, and Kinkinpower, who did tremendous work helping out with the contests and prize drawings. And double thumbs up to ZoulyZoo, who organized the event and led the way.
This weekend, you all became legends.
Player Support Report
A new season brings new things to do and new things to learn. The Player Support team has info you may be in need of.
This is their report.
MAIN QUEST AND CHARACTERSPlayers have been asking how they can acquire the Seasonal quest on their alternate characters. Only one character can unlock the EDZ Bunker, but once they complete the “Raising Our Defenses” quest by purchasing an EDZ Bunker Upgrade, all characters can acquire the “Seraph Warsat Network” quest from Rasputin.
DESTINATION PORT UPDATEWe’ve updated the Port Forwarding section of our Network Troubleshooting Guide. PC players experiencing BEAVER/MONGOOSE errors, empty Seraph Towers, or an inability to join fireteams may need to update their UDP Destination Ports.
WEBSITE CODE OF CONDUCT UPDATEThe Player Support, Community, and Bungie.net teams have been working closely together to update our website’s Code of Conduct Policy to help foster a friendlier and more welcoming environment. Along with the update, we’ve created an Explanations article that provides a more thorough definition of each rule.
KNOWN ISSUESWhile we continue investigating various known issues, here is a list of the latest issues that were reported to us in our #Help Forum:
- Swapping energy on a fully Masterworked and modded armor piece will incorrectly show that it can no longer be upgraded. If this occurs, please exit and re-enter the details screen.
- The Planetary Material Auto-Collection Bunker Upgrade is not awarding the correct number of planetary resources.
- For the EDZ Seraph Bunker Upgrade, Tier 1 requires completing challenges from Zavala, Shaxx, the Drifter, Banshee-44, or Hawthorne.
- Interacting with the statue of Sjur Eido in the Shattered Throne may cause crashes.
- Faction Rally Ornaments cannot be applied to their respective class items.
- We’re investigating crashes issues occurring in Gambit for players on PS4 and Steam.
- The Ward of Dawn ability for Code of the Protector Void Titans is not generating three Orbs of Light on activation.
- The Virtuous Greaves Titan Ornament lost its glow effect.
Last week, we asked you to share your favorite clips from Destiny’s Trials of Osiris in honor of its return. We have been digging through the #TrialsReturns hashtag to pick out a few of our favorites to share with you. Oh, and as a bonus, everyone mentioned below is taking home a MOTW emblem. Just make sure you reply to the tweet you shared with you and your fireteam’s Bungie.net profiles so we know where to send them.
So on the eve of Trials returning, let’s reminisce.
Movie of the Week: Stay down
Honorable Mention: With Your Final Breath
Honorable Mention: Hone Your Craft
Honorable Mention: Counter Super
Here we go. One more sleep until Trials of Saint-14 … err, Osiris makes its long-awaited debut. Do you have your fireteam ready? You only have a few more hours to make ready. We’ll be watching as teams face off in hopes of earning a visit to the new Lighthouse.
Good luck out there and make Saint-14 proud!