All the problems with Destiny 2 have left the community in shambles and Bungie on the hook for making a terrible sequel to an otherwise excellent game. Destiny 2 has had issues since the beginning and the latest news doesn’t prove promising.
Lying is a tricky thing, and when you get caught in a lie, what do you do?
You apologize, and you try to rectify the situation that you your-self created.
Here’s what you don’t do. Bungie, and to a certain extent, Activision. I’m talking to you guys.
When Bungie got caught with their hand in the cookie jar, due to the throttling of XP gains, instead of apologizing and explaining how they we’re going to rectify the situation, they released the following statement.
We’ve seen community discussion around XP gain in Destiny. After reviewing our data, we agree that the system is not performing the way we’d like it to. Today, we’d like to describe what’s going on under the hood, and talk about what you can expect going forward when it comes to earning XP in Destiny 2.
Currently, XP will scale up when playing longer or fixed duration activities like Crucible competitive multiplayer matches and the Leviathan Raid, and XP will scale down when playing activities that can be quickly, repeatedly chained, like grinding Public Events. We are not happy with the results, and we’ve heard the same from the community.
Effective immediately, we are deactivating this system.
As a result, players will see XP earn rates change for all activities across the board, but with all values being displayed consistently in the user interface. Over the course of the next week, we will be watching and reviewing XP game data to ensure that these changes meet our expectations, as well as yours. Any additional updates to this system will be communicated to you via our official channels.
That’s funny, I didn’t see an apology in there, did you see an apology in there Dan? Cuz I didn’t, I didn’t see one, did I miss it?
Dan: You didn’t miss it, it wasn’t there.
I didn’t think so. Oh wait, maybe in this other statement that they tweeted which reads:
The Destiny 2 API has yet to be adjusted to reflect the recent in game change to earned XP. We are working on an API update to address the discrepancy. The correct value to earn an additional level is 160,000 XP.
OK first of all, still no apology. But did I read that correctly? It’s now 160 thousand XP to earn additional levels and bright engrams?
But before you were caught lying, it was only 80 thousand XP to level up.
Ok hold on, let me try to get this straight. You lie to the community about XP gains, and then you get called out on it, thanks to a Reddit user. And then you release a statement saying that you acknowledge that you were in fact throttling XP gains, you confirm that you will be discontinuing this shady practice. And then you release a statement saying that it now costs you double the experience to achieve bright engrams.
What am I missing here? Why doesn’t this add up?
Dan: Add greed to your equation BD.
Money, really? Oh wait I see. By throttling XP you successfully slowed down the rate at which bright engrams could be obtained making it more appealing to simply purchase bright engrams via real cash in the Eververse micro transaction store.
That’s fucking brilliant! Genius even!
But I’ll be honest, that doesn’t bother me in the least. Almost all of the drops that I receive through bright engrams get deleted. It wasn’t always like that mind you, at first I was more than happy to try to put all of the armour sets together, get all of the exotic ghosts, ships or sparrows.
Until I decided to do the math. Or rather read Daniel Friedman’s article over at Paragon.
Suffice it to say that the vault space in Destiny 2 will not allow you to collect every single item your little heart desires. The developer forces you to pick and choose.
But then they have the nerve to force you to actually waste your time trying to alleviate the lack of vault space by giving you countless useless shaders that although are mostly stackable, can only be deleted one at a time.
Dan: Hey, you wanna raid?
Sure, just gimme an hour to delete all this crap so that I have room for the items I’ll be collecting from the raid…and then most likely deleting…?
Bungie had originally solved this issue to a certain extent in Destiny 1, where they offered kiosks for your sparrows and ships. You were able to dismantle them, but still able to retrieve them through the kiosks.
What’s the saying? One step forward two steps back?
Is it frustrating that Bungie will not give you the proper vault space to collect everything that is to collect in the game?
Absolutely, but it’s not half as frustrating as the reason why. When Bungie was asked about vault space, here’s what they replied via Deej on Twitter.
“Vault space is a known ask, and we will continue to make sure it is known.”
Hey Bungie, did you guys know that there’s not enough vault space to collect all the stuff in the game?
Dan: Yeah we know!
Of course you do. So why won’t you give players more space?
Dan: Equation BD.
Greed, right, greed. The only conclusion I can come to is that Bungie is to cheap to give us more vault space. The developer refuses to dig into its pockets to pay for server space. By all means , correct me if I’m wrong.
Despite the lack of vault space, the greedy predatory antics of the Eververse micro transaction schemes, made even worse by way of what was supposed to be a celebration of the holiday season known as the dawning.
These are still not good enough reasons for me to walk away from Destiny 2.
There are many ways that you can get the attention of a developer, some work better than others. Mine are pretty simple, stop playing the game, and don’t give the developer anymore of your money. Money is, in this case, Bungie and Activision’s preferred means of communication.
Has Bungie crossed the line like EA did, not yet. You still can’t pay to win, like you could in Battlefront 2, you can only pay to look good.
You would think that with the release of the new DLC, Curse of Osiris, Bungie would of at least attempt to alleviate some of the players concerns. But the DLC actually made things worse, by introducing even more collectables into the game, and still no solution as to the storage limitations of Destiny 2.
These are but a fraction of the reasons why people are walking away from Destiny 2. There are, unfortunately, so many more reasons why the Destiny 2 player base is plummeting. And it’s not just plummeting, it’s a mass exodus.
The sheer lack of transparency from the developer coupled with their lip service attitude makes it hard to Believe that they are being sincere when they say “we are listening.”
So here’s the deal, I don’t care that they haven’t fixed the vault space yet, I don’t care that they’ve implemented micro transactions to the game, despite the fact that they don’t belong there. I don’t care that the last expansion was a half hearted, lazy attempt at grabbing your cash for an extra 20 bucks.
None of those things really bother me, because those are not the reasons why I play this game. If you haven’t seen my first Destiny video, let me put it in a nutshell for you.
I play it to hang out with the friends I’ve made online. I play it for the camaraderie, the brother and sister hood. The community that was created out of nothing. I am part of the absolutely coolest clan on that platform. Sorry other clans, but it’s true.
And here’s the rub, The reason I haven’t left yet. Because I still love playing the game. I love the interaction and communication needed to successfully defeat a raid boss. The call outs, the constant drive to be where I need to be, and to do what I need to do, to ensure that the fire team is successful.
The chatter between me and my friends, the laughter, and we laugh ALOT!
So what do I do, walk away, don’t look back?
Life sucks hard enough, i’m not about to give up the one thing I look forward to whenever I have free time. So I’m stuck here.
The only thing I can really do is plead with Bungie to step up, to do the right thing, to work harder, to really listen to the community, and to deliver.
The numbers don’t lie, the community is dwindling, the player base is being eradicated even as I make this video. People have left or are leaving and they’re not looking back.
And what are you really left with Bungie? You’re left with your hard core player base that’s been there all along. The backbone of your community, which has stuck through your bullshit through thick and thin, we are the ones that are still here. Casuals have come and gone, like motorists slowing down in traffic to get a better glimpse at the car crash on the side of the road.
But not us, you’re hardcore fans are pretty much what’s left of your player base. And how do you reward loyalty Bungie?
I can’t speak for every one, only myself. So I hope that you hear me when I say that I am extremely disappointed in Destiny 2.
Stop bullshitting us, gives us sincere feedback, address the issues that need attention and prove that you appreciate you’re loyal player fan base.
Actions speak so much louder than words.
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