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Bungie Outlines Infamy, Gambit Ranking System for Destiny 2: Forsaken

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When Destiny 2: Forsaken officially drops on September 4th on PC, PS4, and Xbox One, a lot of changes are going to be implemented, some of which have already rolled out ahead of the highly-anticipated launch of the massive DLC, and Bungie, the developer behind the popular title, is outlining some of those changes.

During a series of blog posts on Bungie, the team discussed the inner workings of Gambit, and it’s progression/rank system:

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Many of you have asked about how rewards will work in Gambit. We’ve seen questions as to whether it will feature a ranking system akin to Valor or Glory in the Crucible. Senior Designer Robbie Stevens and Test Lead Sam Dunn can answer these questions with an explanation of Infamy ranks.
Robbie: With Forsaken just around the corner, Gambit will soon be unleashed into the wild. I wanted to discuss our high-level goals for the mode:
      • Fuse the best aspects of PvE and PvP into a brand-new activity that you can experience only in Destiny 2
      • Make the mode accessible to players of all skill levels, but give it depth and variety that will keep even the most hardcore Guardians coming back for more
      • There’s always a role to play; whether it’s slaying enemies, scooping up Motes, or invading, there’s always a way to contribute to your team’s success
      • Communication isn’t required, but strategy and quick thinking are just as important as thumb-skill
      • Always make it possible for teams that fall behind to come back, so they don’t become discouraged
Gambit was designed with replayability and variety as a core part of the experience, but we knew that wasn’t enough. Players need desirable loot to chase and a way to show their dedication. So, with that in mind, we created our very own ranking system: Infamy.
At a high level, Infamy is:
      • A progression-based ranking system where completing matches earns you points
          • Winning matches will greatly accelerate your climb, while losing matches still earns you points, just fewer than if you win
      • An experience that rewards players with unique Gambit weapons and armor
We’ve been watching the response to the Valor ranking system in the Crucible. A lot of this new work takes that community feedback into account. At this point, I’m going to pass it to Sam, who pulled double duty to design and test the Infamy ranking system.
Sam: To start, we’ve designed Infamy ranks to be more granular by splitting most of the familiar ranks into three tiers. This will allow players to work toward shorter-term goals that are achievable in a few play sessions, rather than over many weeks. It also gives us more opportunities to grant rewards. The Guardian, Brave, Heroic, Fabled, and Mythic ranks will all have three tiers. The Legend rank will remain as one solid chunk.
Apart from this major change, Infamy ranks will function very much like Valor ranks:
      • Each rank will require more Infamy points to complete than the last
      • Win streaks award bonus points
      • Your win streak caps at 5 and doesn’t get reset until you lose a match
      • Your win streak won’t be reset if you join a match in progress
In addition to completing matches, you can also earn Infamy by completing Gambit bounties. Each day, the Drifter will have a selection of daily bounties available for sale that will award Infamy points, as well as other rewards. He’ll also sell a special weekly bounty once you reach Level 50. The weekly bounty will award a large number of Infamy points and a piece of powerful gear. This allows you to always be making progress toward Legend, no matter what your short-term goals are.
Guardians who have tried Gambit in the wild have given it high marks for fun. At the same time, we know you well enough to know that a worthwhile reward is another crucial ingredient in a recipe that brings you back to the fight again and again. We hope to see you in Gambit when it launches with Forsaken!

During our combat reveal stream, we used the Crucible as a proving ground to show off how new weapon systems and tuning will affect the way we fight in all activities as Guardians in Year 2 of Destiny 2. The updates to the tools of the trade are not the only changes you can expect in the arenas that pit players against players. Senior Crucible Designer Kevin Yanes is here to be accountable for how you’ll distinguish yourselves and earn awesome rewards in glorious combat.
Kevin: I’m glad to have the chance to talk to you all about Crucible ranks going forward. This past season of gameplay has taught us a lot about what has worked well and where we can do better. As we kick off the next season, we’re excited to give players new ranks to earn! Let’s dive right into the goals we had for designing the Crucible rank system in Season 4 and the changes that they generated:
Goal: Make earning a high rank in Glory NOT feel like your second job
Changes: 
      • Glory rank points gained and lost have been re-tuned to reduce the overall climb to higher ranks
      • The weekly award has been fixed and its gains have been doubled
Goal: Recognize the achievements of players who did not receive their weekly awards in Season 3
Changes:
      • Players who competed in Season 3 will earn bonus rank points for completing their first match in Season 4
      • Does not require completion of any previous weekly milestones
Goal: Encourage more players to strive for higher Glory ranks
Changes:
      • Losses in the Competitive playlist no longer reset your Valor win streak
      • Radar has been reenabled during Competitive gameplay
      • Control and Clash modes have been added to the Competitive playlist
      • Loss streaks have been removed
      • We are currently investigating activity reconnections to Competitive Crucible for players who encounter an error midgame; this will not be available at the launch of Forsaken, but we are looking to add this feature postlaunch
 
Goal: Remove the time pressures associated with Glory ranks
Changes: 
      • Pinnacle Crucible rewards are now awarded via quests
          • Some of these quests will ask you to engage with Valor or Glory ranks
          • These quests will NOT go away at the end of the season
      • Redrix’s Claymore is being retired in Season 4
          • Players who already earned the weapon will still be able to equip and use it
          • Players will be unable to earn Redrix’s Claymore beyond Season 3
      • Shaxx will offer a new quest that players can complete to earn Redrix’s Broadsword, a companion weapon to Redrix’s Claymore
          • Redrix’s Broadsword features a similar talent arrangement, but it does not share the lore and Triumphs associated with Redrix’s Claymore
          • Once you’ve earned the weapon, random roll versions of Redrix’s Broadsword will start dropping from Crucible engrams
          • Each drop will have the fixed Outlaw + Desperado combination
          • Each drop will also have randomized barrels, magazines, and Masterwork perks
      • Players who earned Redrix’s Claymore in Season 3 will receive additional bonuses
          • Owners of Redrix’s Claymore will be granted an exclusive emblem when redeeming the corresponding Triumph
          • Claymore owners will be eligible for drops of Redrix’s Broadsword from Crucible engrams even without completing the corresponding quest
      • A new Crucible reward will be added via a quest in Season 4
 
Goal: Continue to promote Rumble as a third mode
Changes:
      • Earning a place in the Top 3 in Rumble will now count as a win
      • The correct number of Valor rank points will be granted
If you committed to any of the rank ladders we established in Season 3, thanks for making the fight lively. We love supporting the competitive community, no matter your skill or mood. Keep your feedback coming, and we’ll keep making the Crucible a place where you submit to some of the finest tests of skill that Destiny has to offer players.

 

 

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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Patch 1.09 Arrives

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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare has rolled out a brand new patch, and it is rather big, clocking in a 12GB on consoles and 20GB on PC.

The update is rolling out throughout Friday and update 1.09 has a number of details, which you can see below via the official notes:

General

  • Fix for a bug where a player could spawn without a character model when spawning in on a friendly vehicle
  • Fixes for various exploits across all maps and modes
  • Fix for an issue where copying an opposing players loadout was also copying their killstreaks
  • Fix for the After-Action report not displaying newly acquired awards
  • Fix for player rank icons not appearing on the scoreboard
  • Shortened the amount of time an execution animation plays
  • Accessibility: Added the option to Always Sprint
  • Footsteps: Adjusted volume and sound type played for crouch walk and walking while Aiming Down Sights
  • Dead Silence: Fix for the Dead Silence Field Upgrade not lasting the correct amount of time when CDL rules are enabled
  • Fix for nameplates being visible in a certain location on Piccadilly
  • Updates to the obituary (killfeed); removed “Avenged” and “Save Player”, play of the game owner, and player rank increases
  • Fix for players being able to join a match even though they’ve been blocked

Killstreaks

  • Fixed an issue where selected killstreaks would revert to the previous selection mid-match
  • Fix where players using the Shield Turret killstreak could see through smoke at certain angles with the side panels of the turret

Private match

  • Added the option to disable the spawn camera
  • Fix for a bug where the ‘Starting Flags Captured’ private match option was not functioning as intended
  • Fix for the bomb screen appearing blank when defusing or planting the bomb in Search and Destroy with Realism enabled. Added bomb carrier indicator.

Call of Duty League

  • Dead Silence: Fix for the Dead Silence Field Upgrade not lasting the correct amount of time when CDL rules are enabled
  • Thermal scopes are now able to see through smoke grenades
  • Added the option to disable the spawn camera
  • Fixed an issue where the mount interaction prompt was disappearing when planting or diffusing the bomb in Search and Destroy

One-life modes

  • Fix for camera getting stuck on the death location when transitioning to spectate
  • Fix for the weapon not animating when sprinting at the beginning of the round

IFV

  • Reduced damage radius and lethality of the turret

Progression and challenges

  • Cleaned up and updated descriptions for various challenges: Heads Up, Destroy Vehicles with Launchers, Doing Work, Aggression, Expert Gunsmith, One Trick Pony

Lethals/tacticals

  • Fix for Decoy Grenade showing a red blinking light for both allies and enemies
  • Slightly brightened the player outline when using the Snapshot Grenade

Single-player

  • Fix for a bug that could cause an error when selecting a mission

Perks

  • Spotter: perk was not marking equipment, Field Upgrades, or Killstreaks through walls in FFA. Fix for Spotter perk not marking UAVs and slightly brightened outlines
  • E.O.D: Fix for players losing HUD elements after hacking an enemy claymore in certain scenarios
  • Fix for the “Quick Fix” perk not giving faster regeneration when earning kills with the throwing knife.
  • Fix for the “Amped” perk not stowing the Riot Shield as quickly as it should

Weapons

  • Fix for rocket launcher camos not unlocking or tracking properly
  • Fix for the Model 860 camos not unlocking or tracking properly
  • FN SCAR 17: slight increase in ADS time, reduction to barrel and bipod grip penalties
  • Fix for a white placeholder box appearing when leveling up a weapon and unlocking new attachments
  • Added descriptions to all optics that have scope glint
  • Fixed an issue where the P90 + FFS Ring Sight would create a scope glint
  • Thermal scopes are now able to see through smoke grenades
  • Fix for charms not appearing where they should on various weapons

Leaderboard/combat record

  • Fixed a bug where selecting “All” would sometimes kick the player back to the main menu
  • Added CTF and Hardpoint into Combat Records

New voice chat options

  • No Effect – default voice chat. No additional effects or EQ adjustments
  • Stealth Comms – Bring the immersion of the Campaign into Multiplayer with added SAS radio effects to voice chat
  • Classic Chatter – Feeling nostalgic? Coordinate with your team using classic Modern Warfare radio effects

Spec Ops

  • Added munitions drops! After various objectives, a care package will drop to provide you with much needed munitions!
  • Various exploit fixes
  • Fix for an issue where players could lose functionality after using the EMP Drone in Operation Crosswind
  • Fix for crashes that occur when viewing the scoreboard from the match summary

Survival

  • Fix for enemies spawning out of bounds on Piccadilly

New features

  • Added an option to hide Friend requests and Party Invitations
  • Added support for additional keyboard layouts on PS4

Stability

  • Several fixes to prevent crashes and improve stability

General fixes

  • Fixed an issue where the boot up sequence volume would be too loud
  • Various keybinding adjustments
  • Players are now able to back out of the Gesture and Spray Wheel by clicking anywhere
  • More fixes to prevent hitching/stuttering during cutscenes
  • Fixed an issue where the Main Menu music would not play when users activated the Skip Introduction Movie option
  • Fix for an error that could occur when attempting to manage a party
  • Multiple fixes for different Aspect Ratios on various menus/screens in the game
  • Fix for a bug where the XP Token shortcut key would also open Nvidia Highlights feature simultaneously (Now on “F” key)
  • Fix for a bug where some achievements would appear as completed even though they were

 

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State of Decay 2 Heading to Steam in 2020

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Sate of Decay 2 will be making it’s way to Steam in 2020.

Slated to arrive on April 1st, 2020, State of Decay 2 has launched a page on Steam that is now live. Keep in mind, that while the date says April 1st, it isn’t the actual launch date. If you scroll to the ‘About This Game’ section, you will see that the developer states it will arrive on Steam in early 2020.

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Dragon Quest Builders 2 Heading to PC

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Square Eniq has officially announced that Dragon Quest Builders 2 will arrive on PC on December 10th.

The popular block-building RPG will be the first game in the series to officially arrive on PC, and will do so via Steam and come with all DLC’s that were released with the Playstatioin 4 season pass. That includes new content, recipes, hairstyles, clothing, and new areas as well.

Starting today and running through January 6, pre-purchasing the game will come with the following in-game bonus content:

  • Ornamental Medicinal Herb Recipe
  • Dragon Quest Logo Recipe
  • Ornamental Chimaera Wing Recipe
  • Five Sigil Block Recipes for building decorative blocks with sun, stars, moon, water and soul motifs
  • Legendary Line Art Recipe
  • Lo-Res Luminary Recipes
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