For the most part Bungie’s Weekly Destiny Updates have been nothing to write home about. The developer has chimed in here and there to highlight a skilled Destiny player or to share a little bit more about the upcoming Dark Below expansion, but they’ve kept the real meaty posts separate.
And while the latest Weekly Update doesn’t offer too much in the way of new information, it does tease some important changes are on the way. Some of the changes we already knew were on the way, while Bungie apparently kept others secret until now.
In the Update, Bungie explains that there are “several bundles of joy” (read: hot fixes) on the way that are sure to please Destiny players of all types. Some will address specific issues that have been causing trouble for regular players, while other fixes will add new and useful features to the game.
On the known fix front, Bungie once again promised that they will be re-balancing a handful of Destiny‘s exotic weapons – in most cases making them stronger and more worth their rarity. Unfortunately, the developer doesn’t mention any guns by name, but we figure that, at the very least, the Bad Juju Pulse Rifle, the Thorn Hand Cannon, and the Vex Mythoclast Fusion Rifle will see boosts in effectiveness.
In addition to making these exotics stronger, Bungie also says that the fix will make them “more interesting to upgrade.” We don’t know what exactly that means, but it could be that Bungie is adding more abilities to each exotic’s upgrade path.
New Legendary gear is also on the way, and will likely hit alongside the revamped Iron Banner event. When the event first launched it was mostly a disappointment, but Bungie says they have heard fans’ complaints and are ready to improve. For a more detailed breakdown of the changes coming to Iron Banner head here.
In addition to the known fixes on the way, Bungie also revealed some changes that they were working on behind the scenes. Those include new gear shaders, improvements to Public Event frequency, respawn timer tweaks, and even a boost to the Cryptarch’s generosity. For the full list of changes check out the breakdown below:
Here are some things we’ve mentioned:
- Channels for talking to matchmade teammates, if you so wish
- Exotic weapons that are stronger and more interesting to upgrade
- New gear to let you slip into something a little more Legendary
- That which waits in The Dark BelowHere are some things we’ve kept secret, until now:
- New shaders for your gear
- Ways to preview items before you spend your Glimmer
- Greater chances of “showers” in public spaces
- Adjustments to some arenas that needed better traffic flow
- New economies to equip you with upgrade materials
- Fixes, patches, and other invisible technical evolutions
- Some other tricks up our sleeve
- Maybe even a more generous Cryptarch
- (he’ll still be sort of a bastard)
Obviously, there are some big items on the list, including chat channels for matchmade teammates, new economies for upgrade materials, and general fixes and patches. Many of these features have been on Destiny players’ must list so it’s nice to see Bungie finally address those items.
That being said, it would have been even better if Bungie had made these tweaks sooner, not in the weeks leading up to the release of new paid DLC. These are the types of features that would have kept less dedicated players invested and away from the other fall releases. Now, it’s likely too late to bring those players back.
But Bungie is still trying, and that’s a good thing. Rest assured when each hot fix goes live we’ll be sure to provide extensive details and impressions for each one.
What do you think of the upcoming Destiny fixes? Anything else you’d like to see addressed?