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Bungie Outlines Destiny 2 Updates in 2018

From IGN - January 11, 2018
By Jonathon Dornbush

Destiny 2's game director Christopher Barrett has outlined a number of changes and planned updates coming to the sequel in 2018, promising that the developer is "not just listening, we aredoing."

Chief among the plans Barrett listed is a features roadmap, highlighting three key release windows for which Bungie will provide more details as each update nears. All content and features in these updates will be made available to all Destiny 2 players.

Barrett also explained the team is "shifting the balance of new content" away from Bright Engrams and more toward activity rewards. So items like Ghosts, Sparrows, and ships will be includes in achievement reward pools. Bungie pledges to "provide a gameplay path to earn Bright Engrams and all contained rewards," while also giving players "more direct purchase options."Barrett mentions some of these changes will begin with the Crimson Days event, which launches on February 13.

Bungie is still investigating XP earn rates, something the Destiny 2 team has been criticized for before.

Much of what Barrett discusses is in an effort to prevent Destiny 2 players from being locked out of certain content because they do not own the game's expansions. As part of this, Destiny Hotfix 1.1.1.3 will be implemented on Jan. 16, fully lifting any requirement to own the Curse of Osiris expansion in any Seasonal Content. Players previously had been locked out of Destiny 2 content as a result of not owning the Curse of Osiris expansion.

On January 30, the Masterwork system will be tweaked to also include arm, which allows for increased damage reduction while a player uses their Super. Masterwork Armor can be upgraded with Masterwork Cores and Legendary Shards.

This update will also make Raid rewards "more unique and interesting." These include mods featuring Raid-specific perks, an adjustment to make sure Raid items drop with each major encounter. Additionally, the Raid vendor will now sell Leviathan and Eater of Worlds armor and weapons. A Ghost featuring Raid-specific perks may also drop from Leviathan and Eater of Worlds final encounters.

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