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Destiny 2 devs promise “huge changes” coming in Season 11 and beyond

Published: 28/Apr/2020 6:54

by Isaac McIntyre


Bungie has announced plans to take Destiny 2 in a new direction in Season 11 and beyond, after their hugely-popular title copped a hefty helping of backlash from the community due to a series of “lackluster” content drops in 2020 so far.

After Bungie’s highly-publicized divorce from publisher Activision in January, the developers have been flying solo on their looter-shooter franchise. Fans expected the split to refresh the struggling franchise. It seems to have done the opposite.

There have been a few wins for the devs. Destiny’s competitive playlist Trials of Osiris made its long-awaited return in Season 10. Unfortunately, the response was lukewarm. Some fans have even gone as far as to demand Activision return.

Basically, it’s panic stations for Destiny. The game itself has benefited from the decision to take it free-to-play, but overall the mood has soured. Bungie’s switch from expansions to new season passes is at the forefront of community outcry.

The ongoing backlash has sparked movement in Bungie’s ranks. Community manager Dylan ‘dmg04’ Gafner promised “huge changes” on the way, while director Luke Smith confirmed a move away from their much-hated “FOMO” strategy.

It's looking like Destiny 2 could be bracing for another new dawn in Season 11.
It’s looking like Destiny 2 could be bracing for another new dawn in Season 11.

Bungie unveils ‘new direction’ for Destiny in next seasons

According to production director Justin Truman, who addressed concerns in a dev blog post earlier this week, Bungie would be “trying something a little different” to win back the host of fans streaming away from the game.

“There’s been a growing list of concerns with the game lately ⁠— Trials [of Osiris], the rise in PC cheaters, our new Seasonal model, the balance between rewards you earn vs. items you buy. We’ve been closely watching,” he revealed.

Another of the game’s community managers, Cozmo, echoed Truman’s sentiment. He added in a Reddit thread Bungie was “well aware” fans were experiencing “a lot of bounty fatigue right now,” and confirmed plans to change that.

When could these “huge changes” arrive in Destiny 2?

Unfortunately, none of the Bungie voices speaking out have confirmed when these planned changes may ship. There have been some vague dates set, however: “the arrival of Season 12” was mentioned by Smith on Twitter.

“[We already have] a lot of good stuff in Destiny,” the franchise director also said. “There is also a long way to go before we have it in a place we are truly proud of. We are going to be talking about next steps in the coming weeks.”

It’s not a lot to go off ⁠— especially without any hard and fast details on what is planned to fix Destiny ⁠— but it’s certainly still cause for celebration. For Bungie to break radio silence, they must have realized they had to act, and fast.

For now, Guardians will have to make do with the current event playing out in the online FPS series, the “Guardian Games.” These Olympics-like challenges have pitted Warlocks, Hunters, and Titans together in a series of bounty-based trials.


Destiny 2 players outraged over Beyond Light’s “weak” new Raid Exotic

Published: 29/Nov/2020 23:30

by Julian Young


Destiny 2 players love powerful gear, and with several new exotic weapons released in Beyond Light there are plenty of exciting items to acquire. However, one new weapon – exotic rocket launcher Eyes of Tomorrow – is severely underperforming, and fans aren’t happy.

In any Destiny 2 expansion, the main attraction for most players is new gear. In Beyond Light, there have been plenty of new weapons and armor pieces to chase despite a portion of the game’s older inventory being sunset.

The new expansion introduced several exotics, including the rocket launcher Eyes of Tomorrow. The weapon’s unique perks allow it to fire rockets at multiple targets, and increase the weapon’s damage if enough enemies are eliminated in a single volley.

Unlocked by the first completion of the Deep Stone Crypt raid, Guardians have gotten their hands on the weapon and tested it out themselves. After spending some time with the rocket launcher, the community discovered the weapon is not as powerful as they originally believed.

Destiny 2 Eyes of Tomorrow Exotic
Players are feeling underwhelmed by Destiny 2’s new exotic rocket launcher.

Eyes of Tomorrow underwhelms

In separate Reddit posts – one on r/DestinyTheGame and the other on r/RaidSecrets – players have identified at least two areas where Eyes of Tomorrow is severely underperforming.

In the first post, ‘u/out_of_phase44’ describes how after receiving the rocket launcher and feeling it was underpowered, they took it into several activities to perform some testing.

Eyes of Tomorrow’s Deceptively Low DPS from DestinyTheGame

After testing, they noticed the launcher “seems to have an arbitrary ~50% damage reduction against raid bosses.”

By comparing the launcher’s DPS against One Thousand Voices – an exotic introduced in Forsaken’s Last Wish raid – they discovered the new launcher is extremely underpowered compared to its counterpart.

Destiny 2 One Thousand Voices Exotic
Eyes of Tomorrow seems to be severely outclassed by other exotics, like Forsaken’s One Thousand Voices.

In the second post, user ‘u/KuaiBan’ had a similar feeling about Eyes of Tomorrow after acquiring it, and decided to do some testing in Lost Sectors and Master Nightfalls. They tested the launcher against another exotic – the Xenophage machine gun – and had similar findings.

Eyes of Tomorrow bugged, dealing massively reduced damage in Nightfall Ordeals from raidsecrets

u/KuaiBan discovered the exotic is also experiencing reduced damage within the game’s Nightfalls, saying “After the tests, I have to conclude that Eyes of Tomorrow is acting weird in Master Nightfalls, dealing massively reduced damage for some reason.”

They went on to say that after some additional testing, Eyes of Tomorrow is being outperformed by several legendary rocket launchers as well.

Both users concluded that the new exotic is badly outclassed by both equal and lesser-quality gear in Raid and Nightfall activities.

Destiny 2 Xenophage Exotic
Bungie has yet to confirm whether they will buff Eyes of Tomorrow like they have with other underperforming exotics, like the Xenophage machine gun.

Bug or intended behavior?

At the time of writing, Bungie has not officially responded to either Reddit thread. Players have yet to receive confirmation that the reduced damage output is intended or simply a bug that needs to be fixed.

Regardless of the root cause, the Destiny 2 community voiced their frustration loudly in the comments sections of both posts.

Responses like “God Bungie really knows how to ruin hype, don’t they,” and “I love this game . . . but I absolutely f**king hate this type of bulls**t they do,” were found frequently in the comments of both posts.

Destiny 2 players will need to wait for an response from Bungie on whether Eyes of Tomorrow is bugged or functioning as intended. Guardians should keep an eye on Bungie social media and the two Reddit threads for updates.