Posted December 1, 2017 by David Latham in Feature

Two QoL updates in December revealed in State of Destiny 2 Address

What is the state of Destiny 2? Fans of the popular online shooter have been begging Destiny 2 developer Bungie for improvements to the game since realising there was very little reason to keep playing once reaching the maximum light level. Bungie agreed that more needed to be done, and today released a State of Destiny 2 address which announced what is planned for the game throughout December, as well as what to expect in 2018.

Firstly, Bungie revealed that players can expect quality of life (QoL) updates on December 5 and December 12. The first update, which coincides with the launch of the first expansion Curse of Osiris, will introduce a range of features that will assist in making end-game content more enjoyable and lasting. The second will patch out any issues with the first, as well as roll out the remaining updates.

Check out what’s planned for the December updates and where Bungie wants to see Destiny 2 in 2018 after the drop.

  • New systems and rewards to give our most engaged players additional, optional pursuits, including:
    • A new Weapon Tier: Masterworks, which will feature stat trackers, random, re-rollable stat bonuses, unique item tooltips, and item details screens (see the December Update Details section below for more info)
    • Improved vendor rewards, adding ways for people to purchase items directly with their Legendary Shards and Tokens (see the December Update Details section below for more info)
    • Adding Armor Ornaments that grant visual permutations of armor as players complete specific Challenges (see the December Update Details section below for more info)
  • Better incentives for players who complete challenging Prestige activities
    • We’re targeting a January update to provide better incentives to complete Prestige activities
  • Better rewards and replay value for Strikes, Adventures, and Lost Sectors
    • In December, we will be introducing a Heroic Strikes playlist and more generous Strike rewards
    • Rewards for Adventures and Lost Sectors are still on our radar, but will not be delivered for our December updates
  • Private matches for the Crucible
    • Still targeting early 2018 and expect to have better insight into exact timing in the New Year
    • We are also moving Ranked PVP to the top of our priority list for next year to support the competitive community
  • Crucible tuning like adjusted Supremacy scoring and better spawning rules
    • In December, we will introduce additional updates and bug-fixes intended to improve these areas of the Crucible
  • Better incentives for completing Crucible matches (and penalties for quitting competitive games)
    • A “Quitter Penalty” system is currently in development, and you can expect an update on the deployment of this system in the New Year
  • Continued improvements to Iron Banner and Faction Rallies, including uniqueness of rewards
    • The next Iron Banner and Faction Rally will introduce improvements in both these areas (see the December Update Details section below for more info)
  • Changes to make the mod economy more interesting and impactful
    • The Gunsmith will have some updates to how Mods are acquired (see the December Update Details section below for more info)
    • We are exploring more updates to this system in the New Year
  • Ongoing improvements to Exotics, including adjustments to reduce instances of duplication
    • We plan to tune under-performing Exotics and will continue to make targeted updates and improvements
    • Duplication protection will be added for Exotics in the New Year
  • New ways to spend surplus currency and materials (looking at you Legendary Shards)
    • Players will be able to spend Tokens and Legendary Shards on Vendor inventory (see the December Update Details section below for more info)
    • Xur will have new items, as well (see the December Update Details section below for more info)
  • An emote interface that allows players to equip Salty, Spicy Ramen, Six Shooter, and Flip Out all at the same time
    • Emote interface improvements are still on the list, and you can expect an update on the development of this system in the New Year

For the full State of Destiny 2 Reddit post from Bungie, click here.

Destiny 2 is available for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Windows PC. The Curse of Osiris expansion will launch on all platforms simultaneously on December 5, 2017.

Will you keep playing or return to Destiny 2 after hearing about these updates? Let us know in the comments below.

David Latham

David has a Bachelor of Arts (Journalism) from a Group of Eight university, but only uses his very unique set of skills writing about video games. By day he's a stay-at-home dad, by night he's literally Batman. Where does he find the time?