The Destiny 2 beta is one of the biggest things going, with players diving into the online experience and reporting back on their experience to Bungie. A lot of those comments were positive, at least when they didn’t involve server errors, but it’s also clear the game has some room for improvement ahead of its official launch later this year.
In a post to the official Destiny 2 website, Bungie describes the week’s excitement and shares some comments from key members of the development team.
“We had many updates to the original, but Destiny 2 is a brand new game using brand new technology in order to deliver an awesome experience,” notes Jared Berbach, Destiny 2 producer. “This new technology needs a lot of testing. This testing ultimately helps us validate that our new server model is working as we thought it would, and at the quality and scale we had hoped.”
The post assures fans Bungie is listening to the comments that have been flooding in. Most of the feedback apparently relates to the loot players have been gathering, and to moments of action that define the game. Naturally, players have a lot to say about the popular PvE mode, which the beta’s design lead has addressed in some detail.
“The PVE game tuning has changed pretty significantly since the Beta build was deployed,” said Rob Engeln. “The nature of a Beta of this scale requires that it’s based off a build of the game that is now months old. So, in many cases, your feedback is helping us validate changes that were previously made based on internal feedback and playtesting. For example, we too felt that ammo (especially power ammo) was too scarce in PvE. In addition to retuning the drop rates, we built a system that guarantees power ammo drops for you and your Fireteam from certain enemies, giving power weapons a more reliable and predictable role in your arsenal. Other areas where we’ve made significant tuning changes include grenade effectiveness in PvE, Boss vitality, and weapon damage against non-player combatants.”
Bungie isn’t yet ready to share its ultimate conclusions from the beta event, which remains ongoing (testing just opened on the additional PlayStation 4 and Xbox One platforms, for instance, and the team plans to open The Farm for an hour on Sunday so players have a chance to experience the new social hub). Still, there is reason to remain hopeful about the final project even if you feel some of the balancing isn’t quite right in the beta.
Destiny 2 arrives on PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 on September 6, 2017. Make sure that you get plenty of practice during the beta, so you’ll be ready to swarm the servers once the game reaches store shelves.
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Uh oh missteps already and it's not even out
Missteps in a beta! Crazy!