A few days ago we reported that, along with the final livestream outlining Destiny 2’s Curse of Osiris expansion, game director Luke Smith and project lead Mark Noseworthy would discuss various changes Destiny 2 would undergo in December and address community feedback. As it turns out, that first part is no longer true.
In a post on Bungie’s forums, community manager David “DeeJ” Dague announced the developer is canceling its livestream covering the weapons and armor of Curse of Osiris. Instead, the company plans to have a blog post on Wednesday (11/29) in which players can expect to read Bungie’s current view of the game, the team’s future plans, and “how we’re reacting to your feedback with some game updates that will arrive in the next few weeks.”
The announcement comes on the heels of several weeks of fan complaints about Destiny 2’s endgame (which our own Matt Miller outlines here), as well as a more recent outcry about the way the game was doling out experience to players and the subsequent changes Bungie made in response.
Having a stream regaling players with exciting new loot would have seemed tone deaf considering the community’s long-simmering (and recently agitated) frustration with Destiny 2. It also, however, feels like a way of not addressing the community directly.
That said, this is going to be an interesting blog post. How specific are Smith and Noseworthy going to get here? There’s a lot of ground to cover. Are they going to make sweeping changes to the game’s economy based on community feedback only two months into Destiny 2’s life? Are they going to alter Bright Engrams and their connection to microtransactions, based specifically on the XP debacle? Are they addressing things as fundamental to Destiny 2 as the weekly milestone system? These are all aspects that the community wants to hear about (along with a number of minor changes and gear and balance and such), but if Bungie addresses the issues at the heart of the complaints in ways that differ from what fans specifcally suggested, I’ll be curious to see if those solutions will be met with negative reactions.
Bungie has their work cut out for them in trying to address all of these issues in a way that truly alleviates the negative atmosphere around the game. As someone racked up over 170 hours in Destiny 2, I’m all ears, but honestly not sure what to expect.