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Bungie addresses "tough criticism" of Destiny 2

Bungie addresses "tough criticism" of Destiny 2

The launch of Destiny 2 is done and dusted but developer Bungie has revealed a number of changes coming to the sci-fi online shooter following some "tough criticism" from the community.

In a post on its website, the studio addressed some of this feedback saying that it needs to be more open about what is going on in the game. This comes just days after it was revealed that the developer had been throttling XP gains the faster users played the game.

The issue, Bungie says, is that this was not communicated to the community. The reality is it has not been helped by the fact that gamers can shell out real cash to help with the grind.

"Last weekend, we disabled a scaling mechanism that adjusted XP gains up and down without reflecting those adjustments in the UI," the studio wrote.

"Our intention was to keep slower-paced activities as rewarding as high intensity grinding without confusing variations in displayed XP values, but the silent nature of the mechanic betrayed the expectation of transparency that you have for Destiny 2.

"We were able to disable the system with a server-side change, but a new solution is now needed to rebalance XP in Destiny 2. We have begun that work, and will continue to provide updates to you about timelines and specifics. The values coded into our website API are being updated today (and may already have been as you read this post) to reflect the removal of this scaling mechanism. In a future update, we intend to link these internal and display-only values together for greater consistency, and to ensure that when changes are made they are accurately reflected everywhere we report them."

Moving forwards, the team promises to have more of an open dialogue with the fanbase, among other changes.

"Our team has been reading feedback and working on updates to improve the game. We’ve also been reading some tough criticism about our lack of communication, and we agree we need to be more open," Bungie said.

"Going forward, Destiny 2’s post-launch game systems, features, and updates are being designed specifically to focus on and support players who want Destiny to be their hobby – the game they return to, and a game where friendships are made. We want Destiny to be a game that fits into your life, providing you with reasons to log in and play with your friends, clans, and families. We want Destiny to be a world you want to be a part of.

"A month ago, we published a list of improvements on the blog. Today, we’re going to revisit that list and update its status, and share some of the work the team is readying for December, January, and beyond.

"We know it’s frustrating when there isn’t enough of a dialog with the development team. You have our commitment that we’re going to do a better job going forward."


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