Destiny 2 hits new PvP player record after disabling SBMM - Dexerto

Destiny 2 hits new Crucible player record after Bungie disables SBMM

Published: 3/Jul/2020 8:46 Updated: 3/Jul/2020 9:00

by Isaac McIntyre


Destiny 2 has enjoyed a monster spike in its player-vs-player playlists this week, after Bungie’s decision to disable the controversial skill-based matchmaking feature in Crucible and Iron Banner game modes last month.

On June 11, the Destiny developers made a big call for their long-standing title. They flipped the switch on skill based-matchmaking, which has been one of the most controversial topics in gaming over the past few years.

There were a few reasons Bungie decided to remove the unpopular feature from all but their most competitive PvP modes. The devs admitted it would primarily “shorten all queue times” and “improve connection,” both of which had been big problems for the title.

At first, it didn’t look like the change had really helped much. A few more people were playing Destiny in general, sure, but that always happens when a new season begins. Others came back amid the growing hype for Beyond Light too.

This week, however, that all changed. Iron Banner, one of Destiny’s biggest PvP modes, was re-added this week with new rare rewards. It was the first time Iron Banner had landed without SBMM since Destiny 1, and Guardians loved it.

Destiny 2 had a huge PvP spike with the return of Iron Banner earlier this week.
Destiny 2 just had a huge PvP spike with the return of Iron Banner earlier this week.

During the first days of Iron Banner, nearly one million players piled in to play. According to player stat-tracking website DestinyTracker, the Crucible ⁠— which includes both PvP modes and Iron Banner ⁠— spiked at 942.8k concurrent players.

For a long time, Destiny’s PvE side has stood head and shoulders above PvP; missions, Strikes, Raids, and world-zones are all included in this bundle. Yesterday, it had 956.3k, just 13,500 more than player-vs-player playlists.

Of the 2 million players logging into Destiny 2 this week, nearly half dropped into Crucible.
Of the 2 million players logging into Destiny 2 this week, nearly half loaded into Crucible.

Now, Bungie’s much-praised choice to remove skill-based matchmaking from the Crucible likely wasn’t the only reason the game hit the hefty spike. Iron Banner also offers mega-sized rewards many other playlists don’t, so even PvE players load in.

This time around, Guardians can collect ‘Forward Path’ and ‘Fool’s Remedy’ as drops in Iron Banner. Enhanced armor mods have also been added as rewards, Bungie confirmed, and players can collect pinnacle gear there too.

That said, Destiny still has had a boost since SBMM was stripped from most of the Crucible playlists. In June alone, the title’s PC player count went up 49.60%, SteamCharts revealed, with an average of 25k more players logging in every day.

Whether or not that is directly attributable to skill-based matchmaking’s removal or not, it’s still great news for Destiny. The sequel is headed towards its fourth year, and isn’t going anywhere, so a growing population is always a good thing.

Destiny's player count seems to be on the rise ahead of Beyond Light in September.
Destiny’s player count seems to be on the rise ahead of Beyond Light in September.

The Iron Banner-driven player count spike isn’t the only thing worth celebrating in the world of Destiny 2 this week either. Earlier, popular streamer Sean ‘Gladd’ Gallagher broke his own record for Twitch’s biggest ever sub-train.

In the end, Gladd raked in just under 30,000 subscribers thanks to Bungie’s new gifting program. It doles out in-game cosmetics and banners in return for gifting subscriptions on Twitch. He said was was “blown away” by it all.


PlayStation leak reveals return to Old Tower in Destiny 2: Beyond Light

Published: 25/Oct/2020 13:22 Updated: 25/Oct/2020 13:23

by Daniel Cleary


Destiny 2 might be gearing up for a return to the Old Tower in the upcoming Beyond Light expansion after leaked PlayStation artwork hinted at Guardians making their way back to the fan-favorite hub.

The Tower was featured as the main social hub in the first Destiny title, where players could interact with each other, purchase any supplies, and complete their quests.

After it was attacked by the Red Legion at the start of the Destiny 2 campaign, the remaining guardians were forced to move to The Farm, before later moving to a new Tower, but new Beyond Light leaks have now finally hinted at a return to the original Vanguard headquarters.

Destiny Tower courtyard
The Old Tower could be making a return in Destiny: Beyond Light.

Destiny 2: Beyond Light to return to Old Tower

While the Last City’s tower was destroyed in the attack, it seems as if it might be rebuilt for the franchise’s next major expansion, with artwork appearing to highlight the old tower in its former glory.

The leak was shared by Destiny data miner u/Felwinter_123, on October 24, who revealed they had found new images within the PlayStation Store’s HTML code.

These images, which were designed to fit the PlayStation app’s artwork, featured three guardians looking on at the old Tower, which was standing tall above the Last City once again.


Healed traveler in Destiny 2: Beyond Light?

With The Traveler, a large vessel that hovers above the Last City and allows humans to travel between worlds, also being featured in the picture, many fans began to speculate that it could also be healed for the upcoming expansion.

The Traveler has been left in a damaged state after it finally managed to defeat Ghaul, along with help from the Guardians, and liberate the Last City but that could soon change, if these new images are anything to go by.

After the leaks surfaced, PlayStation has since updated the official Destiny artwork with these images, suggesting that it is no longer a rumored change.


However, it is still worth noting that while the changes are suggested in the artwork, whether or not we will return to the original Tower remains unclear and Bungie can still change elements of Beyond Light before its release.

For now, Destiny fans will just have to wait until the arrival of the expansion on November 10 to find out for sure.