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Bungie Outlines Future Plans For Destiny 2 After Community Backlash

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Destiny 2 may not receive the same fanfare and love as it’s predecessor, Destiny, and fans have been vocal about some of their frustrations with the game.

Bungie outlined future content plans for Destiny 2, which includes a new tier of weapons, private matches for PvP battles along with announcing better rewards for Strikes, Adventures and Lost Sectors.

Fans have been furious over the lack of action in Destiny 2 and it’s seemingly “hollow” structure that risks making even the most hardcore gamers bored and wandering around with no specific purpose or goal.

The original Destiny required much more grinding and had many more objectives and activities to keep even maxed out players engaged with the game easily.

That hasn’t been the case in Destiny 2 and the game seems limited and capped.

Bungie posted a blog post on Wednesday, explaining some of their plans for the Destiny 2’s future and also addressed some of the backlash from fans.

The Future

Going forward, we plan to continue this dialog as openly and frequently as possible. This will be an ongoing process, but one that we are committed to.

This week we’ll be publishing a new episode of the Bungie Podcast where we will sound off on the current state of Destiny 2, how we think about our communication challenges, and what it takes to update the game in the wild. You’ll be able to listen on both Apple and Android devices.

Thank you for playing, for being passionate about the Destiny 2 experience, and for working with us as we look to continuously improve our game and studio communication.

Here are some of the things Bungie has planned for the future.

  • A better emote interface which allows “players to equip Salty, Spicy Ramen, Six Shooter, and Flip Out all at the same time.”
  • The XP System: “We already see that the newly adjusted 160K XP per level value means that leveling is too slow for some activities, and we have begun the process of collecting data and recalibrating XP earn rates to improve them as quickly as possible.”
  • Prioritizing private matches and ranked PvP for launch in 2018.
  • Xur is going to start selling Three of Coins again.
  • Xur will be selling an item called Fated Engram that turns into an exotic you don’t currently possess.
  • Armor ornaments as a more permanent version of cosmetic customization, allowing players to deck out their characters’ gear without worrying about consuming shaders.
  • “Masterwork” weapons which are described as “stat trackers, random, re-rollable stat bonuses, unique item tooltips, and item details screens.”

Some changes will roll out with the Curse of Osiris DLC while others will roll out on December 12th and more in January.

“We know it’s frustrating when there isn’t enough of a dialog with the development team,” the pair wrote. “You have our commitment that we’re going to do a better job going forward.”

“Going forward, Destiny 2’s post-launch game systems, features, and updates are being designed specifically to focus on and support players who want Destiny to be their hobby – the game they return to, and a game where friendships are made,” they wrote. “We want Destiny to be a game that fits into your life, providing you with reasons to log in and play with your friends, clans, and families. We want Destiny to be a world you want to be a part of.”

 

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Overwatch is Free Over Thanksgiving Week

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Blizzard is celebrating the Thanksgiving holiday by making Overwatch free to play starting on Tuesday, November 20 and will last through the week.

Pre-loading started on Thursday for those on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and it’s worth noting that PlayStation Plus membership and Xbox Live Gold subscription are required in order to take advantage of the free, limited time, offering.

The free run comes at an opportune time,and you can see those times on Overwatch’s website, thanks to the introduction of Ashe to the roster.

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Playstation Celebrates 5th Anniversary of Playstation 4

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Sony is celebrating PlayStation 4’s fifth anniversary and has shared a number of interesting statistics, adding that the console has shipped over 86.1 million units up to this date.

Check out the stats listed on the Playstation blog.

PlayStation 4 fifth anniversary stats

The numbers

  • Over 86.1 million units sold-in (shipped)
  • Over 777.9 million software units sold-in (shipped)
  • 11 major system updates

Games

Top five best-selling titles (listed alphabetically):

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3
  • Call of Duty: WW2
  • FIFA 17
  • FIFA 18
  • GTA 5

Most popular games on PS4  (listed alphabetically):

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3, Season Pass, Zombie Chronicles
  • FIFA 17
  • FIFA 18
  • Fortnite
  • GTA 5

Most downloaded titles on PS4 (listed alphabetically):

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3, Season Pass, Zombie Chronicles
  • Destiny 2
  • Dead by Daylight
  • Just Cause 3
  • Mafia 3

Top five DualShock 4 colors ranked:

  1. Black
  2. Blue
  3. Red
  4. White
  5. Camo

Rarest PlayStation 4 model

  • PS4 Pro 500 million limited edition

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Warhammer: Vermintide 2 Heading to PS4 in December

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Fatshark has officially announced that Warhammer: Vermintide 2 will arrive on Playstation 4 on December 18th and the pre-order beta is already available.

Warhammer: Vermintide 2 Ultimate Pre-Order Edition is available now through the PlayStation Store and will remain available until December 18th, and will come with a price tag $49.99 and comes with the following features:

 

  • Four days Early Access
  • Instant Closed Beta Access
  • Sigmar Keep Statue
  • Helmgart Heraldry Themed Skins
  • 2x Portrait Frame
  • 6x Exclusive Heroic Deeds
  • Shadows over Bogenhafen DLC
  • Back to Ubersreik DLC

 

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