Weekly Update 12.04.14

Published on: Dec 4, 2014 @ 18:11

This article can also be found at Bungie.net

Can You Hear Me Now?

When change is afoot, misinformation can run rampant. I saw plenty of it as people digested and debated the upgrade reveals that landed yesterday…

“I can only upgrade one existing Exotic a week?”

No, Xûr will have many of them in stock.

“Is Xûr the only way to obtain new Exotics?”

No. They’ll drop as part of new loot tables.

“So I have to buy new content to keep up?”

No. All players will have options to progress.

“Is the upgrade automatic?”

No. You’ll choose where you invest the effort.

“Does this make all my gear worthless?”

No! I’ll be holding onto my Dead Orbit Heavy.

Confusion intensified. I rushed to update our blog with some more granular information. When coveted weapons are at stake, misinformation cannot stand (man), hence the hasty typing. Amidst the flurry of activity, to make the morning even better, I delivered this gem to the Internet:

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Let’s talk about why this is the worst Tweet I have ever sent in my life:

  • I am Tweeting at myself, like a crazy person
  • The issue is not linked for maximum confusion
  • The genuine article “is” should be “are”
  • It looks like I’m telling the player they are wrong

Let me get this straight. The player is never “wrong.” I believe that down to my bones. At Bungie, I represent to the developers what you say without prejudice. Lesson learned: Never Tweet when you’re in a hurry.

Sorry about the confusion. What do you say, Internet. Still want to be friends? If so, join me in an exploration of our plans in greater detail.

Scoring Them Upgrades

Let’s talk a little bit more about what’s motivating this new economy designed to propel the evolution of your Guardian and the arsenal at your disposal. Here are the facts:

  • Destiny will continue to provide new ways to evolve
  • Your existing items will still be effective in any encounter
  • The Dark Below will contain exclusive options to level up
  • More powerful Exotics will drop, or be sold by Xûr
  • More powerful Legendaries will drop, or be sold by vendors
  • More powerful Raid gear will drop – and more often!
  • More predictable options will upgrade beloved Exotics
  • Exotic upgrades purchased from Xûr replace weaker items
  • Exotic upgrade paths require much less time and material
  • An upgraded Exotic is more powerful right out of the box

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If you’re a Level 30, you’re ready to tackle Crota’s End on Day One (more on that below). If you like your weapons just the way they are, you are welcome to keep them that way. You’ll find that they’re still enormously effective in just about any tactical scenario – even Iron Banner (more on that below).

In the months to come, your quest to become more powerful will have more avenues that lead to satisfaction. The last thing we wanted was for you to look at your favorite gun or helmet and decide that it had become obsolete. Since the reveal, we’ve read a lot of ideas for how this could have been done better. Your feedback is clear: The time you have invested in your stuff should be respected.

That conversation is already raging internally, as it always does. In the meantime, the existing plan is in place to make sure that, as consumers of The Dark Below start to become even legendier, those who don’t opt in aren’t left behind. We’re making these options available to everyone, whether they own Expansion I or not.

The Constant Gardeners

Here are the known issues we’ve discovered since the last time you installed an update, along with what we’re doing about them.

Pocket Infinity

  • Charges too quickly after the first shot
  • Fix in progress, to be released in a future update

Daily Event Reward Packages

  • No longer delivered by the Postmaster after a Public Event
  • Will be fixed automatically in The Dark Below update
  • All players will receive the fix when Expansion I goes live

Show. No. Mercy.

We’ve explored a lot of ways that Expansion I will change Destiny. Weapons. Gear. Even Relic Iron. But what about the Crucible?

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So glad you asked. We’ve saved that for last. Design Lead Lars Bakken has the answers. He says…

Destiny is an ever changing and growing game. We’re excited that you’re along for the ride. Here’s a look ahead at the Crucible through the end of the year.

Slaughter Rules

  • Live right now!
  • In the event of a massacre, all parties are returned to orbit at the conclusion of the match

Team-based playlists

  • If one team is grossly under-performing, the session is dissolved in favor of matchmaking

Rumble playlist

  • If three or more players are grossly under-performing, the session is dissolved in favor of matchmaking

Public Playlists

  • Limited-time playlists (Salvage and Combined Arms) will be available to all players
  • Bastion and First Light have moved out of Control and Clash to Combined Arms

Premium Playlists

  • New Playlists will let you play new content right away
  • Playlists will require The Dark Below to enter
  • Each week, we’ll have two additional Premium Playlists
  • Week One will be Clash and Rumble on new maps
  • Rotators will change each week
  • New experimental modes to be included!

Iron Banner!

  • Lord Saladin returns to the Tower on December 16th
  • He’ll reset Event Standings – like a new season
  • Level 31 inventory can be earned by winners
  • The Dark Below will not be required to compete

Crota’s End-game

On your marks. Another Raid is about to become available. Get set. In order to Go, you’ll need the following:

  • The Dark Below
  • A Fireteam sorted for battle
  • A Level 30 Guardian to lead them

The race begins on December 9th at 1AM Pacific Time. You will not need to complete the other Missions, Quests, Bounties, or Strikes first. The Raid will beckon at Zero Hour.

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  • Alex Davis

    Ryan, I love the way you take the WU and highlight important things and format it in an easy to read way. Please keep up the good work.

    • No problem, happy to help

  • Christian

    Aw! Damn. I didn’t realize Pocket infinity’s instant charging was a bug. I was finally happy with it again. Haha. Oh well, I suppose it is kind of OP. Fair play.

  • Christian

    Aw! Damn. I didn’t realize Pocket infinity’s instant charging was a bug. I was finally happy with it again. Haha. Oh well, I suppose it is kind of OP. Fair play.

  • Christian

    Where it said “Show. No. Mercy”, did anyone else read it in the Crucible Announcer’s voice? Haha.

  • BAMozzy69 .

    [i]Since the reveal, we’ve read a lot of ideas for how this could have been
    done better. Your feedback is clear: The time you have invested in your
    stuff should be respected.[/i]

    The best bit about this weeks newsletter but I won’t hold my breath as Bungie has said they have been talking about an increase in the Vault size for months…

    Disappointed that ONLY a level 30 can lead a fireteam into the new Raid. Of my Clan, I have more completions of the VoG including the only Hard completion. I have more hours played than anyone of them too. I lead them through the VoG but because I never get lucky with Armour drops, I can’t lead them into ‘Crota’s End’. This weeks Raid on the VoG gave me nothing but Ascendants for my Warlock and Titan, My Hunter got my 8th Visions of Confluence and a Ship I already have. Some of my friends have never completed the VoG but are level 30 thanks to the RNG loot system (not the IB armour)

    • BOoya956

      I feel your pain. I help a lot raid virgins go through raid and they hit level 30 before me. I was disappointed. I have done raid like 20 times and I always got same gear.

      • RAPTUR3isBACK

        except youre lying because its impossible to reach lvl 30 right now without completing the vault. you still need at least 1 piece of raid armour

        • BarretOblivion

          You don’t have to complete it to get to 30. Just get a raid legendary chest piece, excotic helm, and iron banner armour. The chest piece can drop from the oracles, templar, or gatekeepers.Boom Level 30. Again you also never need to beat the raid to get to thirty. I know people that have gotten three pieces of raid armour in one playthrough of VOG normal and got to level thirty immediately. He is saying that the raid noobs beat it one time and immediately hit 30 afterwards.

        • BAMozzy69 .

          There are 3 reward stages before beating Atheon and you need 3 pieces of Raid gear to get to level 30 (not including Iron Banner as that was PvP and only once). It is entirely possible to get the boots, chest and gauntlets by the time you get to Atheon – I have seen it happen. I have led VoG virgins through the VoG and seen a few get at least 2 pieces of Armour and maybe a weapon before beating Atheon.
          The last ‘virgin’ I took through got 2 Exotic weapons, a raid weapon and the boots whilst I got nothing but ascendants and still need 1-2 pieces of Armour