Since the game's generally positive launch in September 2017, Destiny 2 has found itself the target of more ire than praise. It seems that Bungie has taken notice of this, as Christopher Barrett - a game director at Bungie - has stated that he will address the future of Destiny 2 in a discussion on Thursday, January 11.
Bungie and Activision have come under fire for all manner of Destiny 2 problems since launch, including bugs and glitches, the locking of pre-existing content behind expansions like Curse of Osiris, and the large quantities of items that are gated behind microtransaction paywalls. The backlash has manifested itself in lengthy forum rants, tanked user scores on Metacritic (as of now, the three versions of the game sit at a combined average score of 4.3/10), and more.
Last week, a tweet by Bungie’s community manager David “DeeJ” Dague indicated that the studio “...[had] a lot to talk about in 2018.” The time to talk is evidently almost here, as Christopher Barrett’s tweet clearly sets the date for discussion as this Thursday.
For anyone curious - I read Bungie forums, I read Reddit, I read Twitter, I watch Twitch. I also play Destiny. I share your love of the game. I’ll talk about where we are headed Thursday.
— Christopher Barrett (@cgbarrett) January 9, 2018
Of course, what this discussion will actually involve remains to be seen, however Barrett’s tweet suggests that Bungie is looking at ways to appease their community. He lists off a variety of sources that have recently become outlets for fans to vent, including Twitch, Reddit, and Bungie’s own forums; the latter was recently covered with over 20 pages of rage against the in-game Eververse.
Depending on how in-depth Bungie ends up going with this talk, there could be a lot to address; seemingly every new update or patch has brought with it several issues for fans to take umbrage with. However, it’ll be interesting to see what approach they take.
Pressure on EA last year caused them to remove microtransactions entirely from Star Wars Battlefront II, so could the same happen with Destiny 2? Bungie recently listed a job posting that hinted at a desire to expand the Eververse, so its removal seems unlikely. Then again, that doesn’t mean the monetization scheme couldn’t be tweaked.
At any rate, only time will tell what the future holds for Destiny 2, but at least fans won’t have to wait long to find out.
Destiny 2 is available now on PC, PS4, and Xbox One.