Earlier this morning, Destiny 2 was down for maintenance, with the science fiction shooter’s servers having remained offline for Bungie’s originally planned restoration time of roughly six hours. With that having been the case, the game is now back online, as the developer has deployed Update 1.0.3 to the action-RPG sequel, with the patch adding Faction Rallies, fixing a slew of bugs, and making some changes to the title’s gameplay.
Without a doubt, the most noteworthy feature brought about in Destiny 2‘s Update 1.0.3 is Bungie’s introduction of Faction Rallies. Guardians will be able take on these limited-time events after the next Weekly Reset, which allow fans to pledge their loyalty to one of the three factions – Dead Orbit, Future War Cult, and New Monarchy – and then earn reputation tokens for performing certain tasks. These tokens can be turned in for rewards related to players’ faction of choice, with an exclusive weapon for each sect also being available at the end of the event.
Beyond the addition of Faction Rallies, though, Destiny 2‘s Update 1.0.3 mostly deals with bug fixes and gameplay tweaks. For instance, the Call to Arms Milestone, which charges players with taking on Crucible matches every week, will now require less progress to complete. According to Bungie, this is being done in order to “align it with other weekly Milestones.” Not to mention, the location of Power ammo has been adjusted for both Clash and Supremacy.
When it comes to bug fixes specifically, Destiny 2‘s Update 1.0.3 should now allow players to receive their weekly clan Engrams, although but it’s important to note that fans will still lose out on earning them on the weeks that they leave a clan. What’s more is that clan experience points ought to now always be handed out properly for participating in Public Events. Plus, in the Crucible, new steps have been put into place to prevent players from leaving the map, which is a problem that recently caused Trials of the Nine’s map and mode to be changed.
Those interested in all of the changes can find the Update 1.0.3’s patch notes in full below, as there are quite a few fixes being implemented beyond those mentioned above. So, taking all of this into consideration, it will be interesting to see what other new additions and alterations Bungie has in store for Destiny 2‘s future, with lots of fans keeping their fingers crossed that Private Matches will eventually be added to the Crucible.
Destiny 2 Update 1.0.3 Patch Notes
- Pledge to a faction Vendor
- Pledging places a buff on the player character for the duration of the event associating the character with the faction
- Earn faction Reputation tokens
- By Destroying Enemy resources in Lost Sectors, completing public events, completing strikes, completing Crucible matches, and the Leviathan raid
- Turn tokens in for reward packages
- Earn faction themed rewards from your faction
- Help your faction win
- The faction with the most rank ups across the game will sell a new weapon at a discount for faction members
- Fixed an issue in which Hunters with a specific amount of health would see their health bar on the HUD at all times
- Fixed issue in the raid that granted resurrection tokens unintentionally to players joining encounters in progress
- Fixed an issue in which killing the first Minotaur too quickly in the Unbreakable Adventure would result in progression being blocked
- Fixed an issue where clan XP was not being granted for completing public events
- Fixed an issue preventing some players from receiving weekly clan engrams
- Players who leave a clan will still not be eligible for clan rewards that week
- Fixed an issue in which Bright engrams would show ‘Requires Level 20’ if a player hadn’t accepted all Leveling Rewards from Tess after reaching level 20
- Fixed an issue in which the action button on weapon ornaments displayed Discard instead of Unlock
Call to Arms
- Reduced the amount needed to complete the milestone to align it with other weekly milestones
- Adjusted Clash & Supremacy power ammo locations
- Added invisible physics volumes to keep players from leaving the intended playable space
- Added a soft-kill volume to keep players from hiding on the edge of the map
- Dead players’ Ghosts will no longer appear in the “Fork” location
- Fixed an issue in which players in the Tower could sometimes fail to load gear
- Fixed a crash when signing out of Destiny 2
- Fixed an issue in which the gear search button was covering item actions
- Fixed an issue in which Ghosts were not showing in character gear
- Added a filter and member count in the clan roster
- Fixed an issue in the way gear power was sorted when including items that don’t have power
- When you close an explore item in trending, the page no longer refreshes
- Paging update in search
Destiny 2 is available now for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and launches on October 24, 2017 for PC.