Bungie has pushed a hotfix to Destiny 2 that eliminates several smaller issues in the online multiplayer shooter. Destiny 2‘s launch has gone impressively smooth, but as with any huge online game release there are bound to be bugs seen and unseen. This week’s hotfix, performed during the 3-hour maintenance server downtime, corrects several of those bugs. Don’t expect any major changes or balance fixes, but hopefully there’s a note or two that every Destiny 2 player can acknowledge will better the game.
The most meaningful change comes in the form of a fix to the Nightfall modifier Prism. Prism is a modifier that adds a rotating power-up that boosts a specific energy weapon element type. Arc, Solar, and Void energy are strengthened for a short duration before the Prism modifier moves to the next type of energy, and then it repeats for the duration of the Nightfall event. Now players will always know which element is active.
- Fixed an issue where the Prism modifier did not persistently display the currently featured element
- Prism will now display a brief screen effect when the element changes to increase visibility
Prior to the fix, Prism was inadequately displaying which element was empowered, so Bungie has made certain the effect is persistently displayed. Nightfall fireteams can rest easy, knowing they don’t have to constantly call out the rotation.
The Prism fix has further ramifications, too. Last week’s Nightfall modifier was supposed to be Momentum, but the bug with Prism apparently impacted that modifier as well. It isn’t clear what the issue was, or what the Momentum modifier does, but the fix to Prism has apparently fixed Momentum as well. Unfortunately, Momentum likely won’t rotate back into the weekly Nightfall for several weeks if not months.
The other changes done in today’s Destiny 2 hotfix are not insignificant, though likely less impactful. Some of the fixes are even quite vague, implying that Bungie believes that it might be best if players do not know just how the bugs were affecting the game.
- Fixed an issue that caused players to not receive Man O’ War Linear Fusion Rifle Quest Reward when they have a full weapon inventory
- Players can obtain their missing Man O’ War from Asher Mir on IO
- Fixed an issue where a Raid object was receiving an unintended amount of damage from Wardcliff Coil
- Fixed an issue where completing a Meditation before selecting it from Ikora would hide that Meditation and prevent players from completing it receiving appropriate rewards.
- Fixed a rare memory leak that would result in a Matchmaking crash
Those running the Nightfallwill be happy with the Prism changes, and those denied a Man O’ War may have a present waiting for them with Asher. But otherwise nothing much will change in Destiny 2 beyond a few fringe issues affecting an extreme minority of players. Still, even small fixes make for a better game in the long run.
Destiny 2 is available now on PS4 and Xbox One, with a PC release planned for October 24.