Published on: Feb 12, 2015 @ 15:40
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We’ve been talking about 1.1.1 for a few weeks now. We promised a Heavy Ammo bug fix. We promised some weapon tuning.
The promise of “before the end of February” is still one we’re aiming to keep.
“Dude, when I score a few more points with New Monarchy, I’m gonna score that badass Vanquisher I’ve had my eye on.” –Abraham Lincoln, 1862
Okay, we all know Lincoln never said that. With all that black gear, he was obviously a Dead Orbit man. What we do know to be true is that plenty of you have asked for an easier way to check your reputation standing with your friendly neighborhood Tower vendors.
I had a chance to catch up with David Candland about that this week. If you’re unaware of his reputation, Candland, otherwise known as “Evil Otto,” is the User Interface Design Lead at Bungie.
Here’s what he had to say about the shiny new stuff he’s been working on:
Tell us about this new Reputation Panel. Looks like you saved us a few steps.
DC: We’ve created a way for you to see your faction reputations and weekly marks without having to run from vendor to vendor in the Tower. Now this information is never more than two clicks away!
When did you make the call to drop this into our inventory screens?
DC: We’re working on a lot of new features. This one is being included in 1.1.1 because it had a very low impact on our Test team. We’ve known we’ve wanted this feature since we donned our first piece of faction class gear, and the community has too. It was a no-brainer.
We’ve seen the community come up with their own ideas for how this might have worked. What did you wrestle with in making it a reality in an existing game?
DC: Where do you put it, and how much information do you include? Since reputation really affects your buying power, it made sense to put it in close proximity to your currencies. The inventory screen real estate is pretty full, so using the fly-out convention we established in the settings screen was a way to recoup some space, yet still allow tooltips for another layer of detail.
Reputation is power! You haven’t heard the last from Evil Otto. Like he said, they’re working on some other ways to change the way you visualize your world in Destiny. Stay tuned.
Love In The Air
Reminder: Valentine’s Day is this Saturday. If you’re still at a loss for what you’ll do to let the love of your life know that you care, we suggest a fun-filled evening in Doubles Skirmish. It’s live in the Crucible right now.
Just picture you and that special someone skipping through a live firefight together, laying all challengers to waste. Nothing says “I’ll love you forever,” more than bringing them back to life when they fall to enemy gunfire. You might even spend some quality time together sharing a freshly-popped crate of ammunition.
The couple that slays together stays together.
And, if you’re single, why not let Lord Shaxx be your matchmaker? Meet other singles in your area. Show them the true meaning of love.
Thanks for playing. Thanks for sharing. And thanks for waiting patiently for the next game update. We’re excited to tell you about what it holds in store for Strikes next week.