It’s been getting rather hot in the Bungie kitchen these last couple months. Players are fed up with the game on several fronts. If it’s not Eververse it’s the bounty grind, and if it’s not the bounty grind it’s the rewards and cheaters in Trials. Almost no corner of the game has escaped the wrath of Guardians who are fed up, and Bungie is apparently ready to talk, starting with This Week at Bungie for April 23, 2020. Let’s dive in.
This Week at Bungie - April 23, 2020
I’m not going to talk about everything in the post, choosing instead to focus on some key points that you may want to hear about without reading for 10 minutes. If you want to read the full blog post, I just linked it for you. If you’re here to find out about Trials and cheaters and potentially improved communication from Bungie, I got you.
The biggest takeaway for me is that Bungie is apparently ready to talk about the game with players. After months of silence as players screamed about watered down content and rewards, Bungie will address one major concern with the game each week within their This Week at Bungie post. This week is Trials of Osiris. Next week is the seasonal model and how they plan to improve it.
What’s missing, as always, is any meaningful acknowledgement that the in-game loot is an afterthought to the Eververse stock, Destiny 2’s microtransaction machine players can are expected to use to buy both cosmetic and game-changing items. Well, they did acknowledge it just for a second, but there’s no word on when we’ll hear about Eververse again.
Normally this is where I would grab Bungie by their cloaks and thrash them about using my words, but I’m not going to do that today. I’ve done that. They’ve read it. Right now, they are all quarantined in their homes trying to support this game from their sofas and home offices. Today, they took the first step in acknowledging things are not great and have promised to talk about the issues at a rate of one per week. Today, they get the benefit of the doubt.
In addition to outlining a plan to address concerns each week, Bungie tackled Trials today, from both the perspective of rewards and dealing with cheaters. It sounded rather good, actually, and for the first time since Destiny, I’m looking forward to hopping into Trials of Osiris in the future.
The takeaway here is that players should be able to get rewards even if they can’t get wins, but players that can get wins and go flawless should be properly rewarded for their high-end skill. This is what Trials should have looked like when it was re-introduced, but late is better than never.
Bungie also went on to talk about how cheaters (mostly on PC) are showing up about three times as often since the re-introduction of Trials of Osiris. This was expected, but Bungie is working hard to not only catch more people cheating, but also to do so faster. Potential solutions include locking Trials behind the season pass or requiring 100 hours of play on an account before Trials can be accessed. There was even talk about banning those that benefit from cheating, even if they aren’t the ones doing the cheating. It all sounds like music to my ears. Hit them hard, Bungie.
My hope is that Bungie is finally figuring out their community is willing to forgive and spend money on Destiny 2. They just don’t want to do it while Bungie picks and chooses when to be transparent and when not to be. They have a long way to go, but today was a step in the right direction.
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