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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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Realm Royale Heads to Open Beta Tomorrow

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Realm Royale, from Hi-Rez Studios, will drop it’s BETA on both Playstation and Xbox One tomorrow.

The battle royale based on the Paladins’ world and featuring the Paladins’ heroes, arrived in 2018 on PC, and it’s success pushed the title for a console release.

This is the first time the game will be available without the need of special invite codes.

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Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown Gameplay Preview

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New gameplay footage for Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown, which was announced back in 2015, has arrived.

Below, you can see up to 30 minutes of gameplay of the action-simulation that is now available on both Playstation and Xbox, and will arrive on PC on February 1st.

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Halo: The Master Chief Collection Adds Modern Aiming Option

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A brand new update rolled out for Halo: The Master Chief Collection that arrived last week has added a “modern aiming” feature to the gameplay.

343 Industries implemented the feature along with a number of fixes and playlist additions.

Here are the full patch notes:

In our November update, we asked that between November 19-30, players help us deal with the Infection that took over MCC by playing the Flooded Campaign Playlist. Many players heard this call to action and with your help, the flood have been successfully driven back.  

FLOODED BY THE NUMBERS

  • Total number of players who played the ‘Flooded’ playlist between 11/19 and 11/30: 18,042
  • Total time played: Over 4 years and 4 months of game time
  • Friendworthy: 2,520 played with a friend

Player Mission Completions:

  • ‘343 Guilty Spark’ (Mission 1): 16,997 players
  • ‘The Library’ (Mission 2): 14,041 players
  • ‘Quarantine Zone’ (Mission 3): 12,057 players
  • ‘Gravemind’ (Mission 4): 10,783 players
  • ‘High Charity’ (Mission 5): 10,320 players
  • ‘Flood Gate’ (Mission 6): 10,006 players
  • ‘Cortana’ (Mission 7): 9,669 players

Multiple play throughs:

  • ‘343 Guilty Spark’ (Mission 1): 654 players played multiple times
  • ‘The Library’ (Mission 2): 420 players played multiple times
  • ‘Quarantine Zone’ (Mission 3): 314 played multiple times
  • ‘Gravemind’ (Mission 4): 233 players played multiple times
  • ‘High Charity’ (Mission 5): 213 players played multiple times
  • ‘Flood Gate’ (Mission 6): 199 players played multiple times
  • ‘Cortana’ (Mission 7): 183 players played multiple times

Now that the flood has been handled, we can enjoy the snowy winter wonderland that has taken over our menus. The team is working on some additional special events and game takeovers for the future.

Back in December, we asked players to come play at least 12 matchmade games in the MCC Insider build prior to the holidays during the scheduled playtest times. Those who participated and played 12 complete games will receive their new Ugly Sweater Nameplate unlocks this week.

For everyone else, don’t fret – you can earn the Ugly Sweater Namplate! Anyone who played at least 12 complete matches during December will be granted the nameplate later this month. And, everyone who plays at least 12 complete matches in January, will receive the nameplate in early February. So, get out there and have some fun!

NEW FEATURE: “MODERN AIMING”

This feature is designed to help address feedback from some players that aim acceleration in MCC doesn’t “feel right.” The “modern aiming” option helps to smooth out the aim acceleration zones on your controller by using values that are more like H2A and H4 than the older legacy titles. The big difference you will notice is that the movement of your cursor is much smoother with these settings turned on and the aim acceleration zones in the diagonals are much harder to activate.

This new setting feels so good that it is turned on by default in the older titles. You can change this back to legacy via the Controller Settings menus.

NEW SKULLS FOR HALO: CE

Ramp up the challenge and further customize your Halo: CE Campaign experience with the addition of eight more skulls!

  • Anger – Enemies and allies fire their weapons faster and more frequently.
  • Bandana – Fixed a bug with this skull so now energy-based weapons have infinite ammo as well.
  • Catch – Enemies throw and drop more grenades.
  • Ghost – A.I. characters will not flinch from attacks, melee or otherwise.
  • Sputnik – the Mass of objects is decreased, making them more easily displaced
  • That’s Just Wrong – Strengthens the hearing of both allies and enemies. They will now notice the slightest sound of reloading or drawing a weapon, footsteps, etc. A.I. also have increased accuracy.
  • Thunderstorm – Field Promotions to the ranks of all A.I. characters so they are more difficult to fight, smarter, and more dangerous.
  • Tough Luck – Enemies always go berserk, always dive out of the way, and never flee.

PLAYLIST UPDATES

Along with today’s update, we are also making some changes inside of Social Matchmaking. We would like to welcome our latest rotational playlist to the lineup: “Super Duper Fiesta!” This preset includes a mix of Fiesta variants across H2C, H3, H4, and H2A. This will be replacing the “Team Action Sack” option for the time being (don’t fret Action Sack fans, it’s a temporary refresh). To play Super Duper Fiesta, go to “Social Games” and you’ll find it in the “GAME PRESET” option – note that it’s using the Action Sack icon but the description displays “SUPER DUPER FIESTA!”

We are also moving some of the game types that were in Action Sack to new homes. Full details below.

Match Composer Settings Changes:

  • Removed Action Sack and replaced with Super Duper Fiesta!
  • [4v4] Added a Super Duper Fiesta! Game preset.
  • [4v4] [H2, H2A, H3, H4] Added Super Duper Fiesta! Entries.
  • [8v8] [H3, H4] Moved BTB Heavies entries from Action Sack to Slayer at low weighting
  • [8v8] [H4] Moved Dominion entries from Action Sack to King of the Hill.

With today’s update, Jan. 16, there’s only one notable change to the Matchmaking playlists – H3 Hardcore Team Doubles is being removed for now since the tournaments that relied on it are now complete and engagement has slowed. 

MCC has also received several adjustments to Matchmaking Playlists over the past few weeks (all based on player feedback!). For details on all of the most recent playlist changes, please check out these posts on the official MCC Support Trello Board:

BUG FIXES

Here are the key bug fixes included in the January update:

Global

  • Cleansed the Flood infection from the main menu
  • Added error handling to prevent users from joining each other from different versions of the game
  • Fixed an issue where players could not enter gameplay using custom map or game variants in offline LAN
  • Fixed an issue where menu music volume slider changes were not respected while in a squad
  • Fixed some navigation inconsistencies in the main menu
  • Fixed an issue where the descriptions for some campaign killstreak medals were inaccurate in the medal chest

Halo: CE

  • Fixed an issue that resulted in inconsistent hit detection against players with poor connections
  • Fixed an issue where the Bandana skull did not grant infinite ammo to energy weapons in Campaign

Halo 2

  • Fixed an issue where the Bandana skull did not grant infinite ammo to energy weapons in Campaign

Halo 3

  • Fixed an issue where the Shade Turret was not appropriately displayed as the tool of destruction in the post-game carnage report

ODST

  • Improved messaging around which playlists support co-op play

Forge & Films

  • Fixed an issue where incorrect file sizes were being displayed for films
  • Fixed an issue where the character limit for map variant names was displayed inaccurately in Halo 3
  • Fixed an issue where players were forced to re-enter a map variant name after inputting an invalid description

KNOWN ISSUES

Below are a handful of known issues that the team is aware of with the January update. Each of these issues is on the radar so no need to sound the alarm when providing feedback. These issues were initially messaged back in early December, so hopefully players have had adequate notice and time to plan accordingly. 

Campaign Checkpoint Loss – Halo: Combat Evolved & Halo 3
Due to work being done in the campaigns for both Halo: Combat Evolved and Halo 3, the mid-mission checkpoints for both HCE and H3 will be invalidated upon the installation of the January update. Please complete them prior to installing the patch or you will lose the checkpoint progress.

Spartan Ops mission completion badges missing
The team has found a bug in this update that causes Spartan Ops mission completion badges to not appear if they were earned in a previous version of the game (prior to the current updated build) or after the title is relaunched after they have been earned. The stats are being tracked appropriately and badges are awarded, but it’s just that they aren’t visibly appearing at this time. We are looking into a fix for this but wanted to inform players as this bug will be is in the January update.

Career Stats

In this build certain career stats may appear temporarily blank or not populate without first navigating to another stats page.

Campaign Playlist Progression Achievements

We have been investigating Achievement related queries players have been discussing in the MCC support forums for a while and have found an issue that is present with this update. Currently the ODST, Halo 4, and Halo 2 Campaign Playlists will not grant Achievements correctly when the playlist is started in a previous build, a player takes a new update, and then completes the Campaign Playlist on the updated build. We are investigating solutions for this currently.

As a reminder, bookmark the MCC Support Page on Trello for the latest known issues and overall MCC development status.

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