After Bungie finally fixed the infamous heavy weapon ammo bug in Destiny's recent 1.1.1 update, players began looking forward to the next round of updates expected from the developer. This next update, 1.1.2, doesn't currently have a specified date, though we're confident it won't be coming for at least a month.
In today's Destiny Weekly Update article on the Bungie blog, Community Manager David "DeeJ" Dague provided some details on one aspect of the upcoming patch. Referencing a remark in last week's weekly update article about how "Not everyone wants to see or hear a game the same way," DeeJ revealed that the upcoming update will open up audio mix options and colorblind support within Destiny.
Jay Weinland, Head of Audio at Bungie, provided a few details about why the company decided to provide sound mixing options to players:
We’ve put a lot of thought into the best way to answer player feedback when it comes to audio. It’s been clear that there are times when you want to elevate the voices of your friends above the mix.
According to Weinland, players will be able to alter the game's volume, which includes dialogue, sound effects and music, as well as chat volume. This will allow Destiny players to focus on in-game sound when playing alone and chat when playing with friends. This is an especially positive addition for those players whose headsets don't let them distinguish which sounds they're increasing or decreasing while playing.
Weinland also shared that players will be able to mute the music entirely if they desire, allowing them to listen to their own music instead.
"Some players have asked us for the ability to listen to their own music while they play. If you want to do that, we’ll try not to take it personally! If you select Muted, the music will be excluded from the mix altogether."
Finally, Weinland revealed there will be an audio Easter Egg introduced into the game with the new update. While he didn't offer any hints as to where it will be located, we're sure it won't take long for players to discover its location. We'll be interested to see what it includes and wouldn't be surprised if it's another Destiny loot cave reference.
When it comes to Destiny, being able to distinguish colors can be a helpful skill. Unfortunately, some players see the game differently, which can cause some frustration while playing. Fortunately, Bungie understands and will be adding a Colorblind Mode for those players who need it.
Brad Fish, the User Interface Engineering Lead for Destiny, offered an explanation on the addition:
"Destiny relies on color to communicate some pretty important information to the player, particularly in the user interface. You may not have trouble distinguishing the red blips on the motion tracker from the red surface of Mars, for example, but chances are you know someone who does. Our solution for this subset of our community is a proper 'Colorblind Mode' for Destiny."
The team at Bungie are working their technical magic to allow players to choose the color scheme that works best for their vision. And even for those players who don't experience colorblindness, the change of color scheme may still be a fun alteration within the game. Sometimes the simplest changes can add new excitement to the way a player interacts with what's happening on the screen.
More to Come
These are only two small parts to the upcoming 1.1.2 Destiny patch, but we're sure to see more details in the coming weeks and months. While there's no current release date set for the update, we expect it will be coming around the same time as Destiny's next expansion, House of Wolves.
What do you think about the upcoming audio and visual changes for Destiny? What else would you like to see included in the 1.1.2 update? Share your requests in the comments.