One of the strengths of Destiny is the fact that its always-online world can be tinkered with at any time by developers Bungie, meaning that a patch or a hotfix can be implemented relatively quickly. However, some of these tweaks need more preparation than others — and the studio has announced that, as a result, game’s servers will be down for several hours tomorrow.
Of course, the entirety of the game being reliant on its shared online universe means that players will not be able to play Destiny between 8AM PST and 12PM PST. While this isn’t a huge span of time, and it’s perhaps the best time of day to undergo such measures, there will almost certainly be some fans who are perturbed by the fact that their game is unavailable to them. It’s the case every time the servers go down.
Thursday’s maintenance will lay the groundwork for the laundry list of planned updates that Bungie teased earlier this week. With the game’s first expansion ‘The Dark Below’ just a few weeks away, it seems that the studio is prepping for an influx of players returning to the game thanks to the new content — but there’s also the factor of big holiday releases chipping away at their playerbase.
Between Halo: The Master Chief Collection and Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, players looking for some FPS action have more options available to them than they did when Destiny launched back in September. Destiny has been widely criticized for its shortcomings, and now there’s a rash of competition that could tempt fans away if they aren’t given a compelling reason to stay put.
However, those rivals have their own problems; we have yet to see whether projections of low sales for Advanced Warfare will come true even though the game itself is very good, and server issues have blighted early multiplayer play of The Master Chief Collection for users. Destiny, on the other hand, has the advantage of having had two months to iron out its launch issues and refine its experience for players.
All this being said, there are serious questions to be asked of whether consistent hotfixes and patches will be enough to help Destiny fulfil its promises. It’s great to see Bungie commit to improving upon their game based on player feedback, but given that a lack of content and time between meaningful updates are the biggest complaints, it may well be that patches alone are not enough at this stage.
Destiny is available now on PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Xbox 360.