Internet speeds aren’t the only things that are in danger of being throttled, as Destiny 2 players learned this past week. Apparently Bungie was stiffing players of experience points during a recent event while lying to the community by portraying the gain as normal.
The community had felt that something was amiss during the Clarion Call event, and the dedicated work of one Reddit poster confirmed that players’ XP was being throttled over time by the system even as the game showed the opposite. And in case you think that this is the work of some conspiracy theorists, Bungie ended up admitting that this was the case with its XP scaling system and vowing to change it in the future.
“After reviewing our data, we agree that the system is not performing the way we’d like it to,” Bungie said. “Effective immediately, we are deactivating this system. As a result, players will see XP earn rates change for all activities across the board, but with all values being displayed consistently in the user interface. Over the course of the next week, we will be watching and reviewing XP game data to ensure that these changes meet our expectations, as well as yours.”
Step aside, turkey and fambly rage: It’s time to buy stuff. Because we don’t already unload our wallets the rest of the year on MMOs! Oh wait, yes we do. In any case, here’s a quick roundup of all the best MMO Black Friday 2017 sales on Steam and elsewhere.
Some MMO studios waste entire Fridays streaming about their upcoming patches, but not Bungie
: Bungie’s wasting two
whole days on Destiny 2’s
Curse of Osiris. Only they’re not Friday. They’re Tuesday. Which means if you missed last week’s
, you can grab this week’s right now. And even if you don’t care to watch live, there’s a new trailer in it for you because again Bungie has literally put out a trailer for its stream – it’s weird, right? But not unwelcome?
“In this livestream, the Bungie team will debut the activities awaiting you on Mercury including traveling into the Infinite Forest, a brand-new Public Event, and more.”
The stream begins at 2 p.m. EST as this post goes live; we’ve tucked it and the trailer down below.
I do think that we, as a culture, have become disturbingly obsessed with selfies, but I will always make an exception for anyone who finds himself standing in front of an enormous gas giant.
“I wanted to share my screenshot for One Shots for the first time,” sent in Stormheim. “The screenshot is from Destiny 2. I don’t still have cool stuff and gear, but its kinda awesome to take a selfie with Jupiter behind you.”
If nothing else, Jupiter has the effect of making the subject look thin and light in comparison. Kind of like standing next to Jabba the Hutt or a YouTube content creator’s ego.
Destiny 2 who? Overwatch is aiming to lure in as many of Blizzard’s players as possible with another free weekend. The best part? It’s already here, complete with the newest character Moira, so if you’ve never purchased the team shooter, you can download it from the Blizzard launcher and give it a try right now.
The free weekend is running through the 20th and is available to players on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. It isn’t a limited experience, either; the studio is allowing everyone to play any of the 26 heroes across all maps and game modes.
Of course, Blizzard hopes to make a few sales from this weekend, which is why it said that any progress made during the event can be carried over if a player decides to purchase the game.
Are you tired of MMOs providing you with bland and predictable finite
forests? Thank goodness that Destiny 2
is here to show other MMOs how it’s done with the infinite
forest coming along with the Curse of Osiris
DLC. Sure, it’s a virtual simulation, but that only matters to the people in the world.
All of this is tied to the lair of the eponymous Osiris, of course; the Vex are trying to use the Infinite Forest to find something, and Osiris is hoping that the PCs will help him stop that effort. There’s also more of Mercury to explore, which winds up being a desert wasteland in sharp contrast to the aforementioned infinite forest.
The DLC is also adding in a new raid lair, which is a different way of extending raids than the original game; rather than a whole new raid, this adds new parts on to the existing raid. You can check some of it out in the video clip down below, if you’re not content to simply dream of a forest that’s just… forever.
When you’ve got a club full of penguins overseen by the Mouse House itself, you know things are going to get both wacky and weird! Club Penguin may not be everyone’s go-to MMO for music, but its wide array of simplified genres certainly give the Battle Bards a lot to discuss on this week’s show.
Battle Bards is a bi-weekly podcast that alternates between examining a single MMO’s soundtrack and exploring music tracks revolving around a theme. MOP’s Justin co-hosts with bloggers Steff and Syl. The cast is available on iTunes, Google Play, TuneIn, Pocket Casts, Stitcher, and Player.FM.
Listen to Episode 109: Club Penguin (or download it) now:
MMO studio streams are so common that we seldom report on them until after the fact and then only if they’ve actually revealed something newsworthy. We’ll make an exception for Destiny 2
, however, as Bungie’s prefacing its Curse of Osiris
stream with an “official tune-in trailer” today. Call it the carrot-on-a-stick.
“Join Bungie for an introduction to Osiris, the most notorious Guardian in history. Learn about the mysteries, explorations, and battles that await you in ‘Curse of Osiris,’ the first expansion to Destiny 2.”
The first stream begins at 2 p.m. EST Wednesday, which is not coincidentally just 30 minutes after this post goes live. Watch it down below!
With Curse of Osiris and season two on the way for Destiny 2, the team at Bungie has some time to fill with events to keep players busy and sated. Right now there’s a battle for resources that will conclude on November 14th, awarding one of three factions the winner and making its special weapon available for all.
Next up is a Clarion Call event that will begin on November 17th and continue through the 20th. During this event, players who are teamed up with at least one other clan member will receive double XP for all activities.
Bungie said that it readying the game for an upgrade that will take advantage of the new hardware on the market: “On December 5, along with the launch of Curse of Osiris and Season Two, we’ll be deploying an update to Destiny 2 that will deliver stunning gameplay with high dynamic range (HDR) lighting to these new consoles. You’ll also see adaptive 4K resolution on the PlayStation 4 Pro and 4K on the Xbox One X.”
Do not be alarmed.
Your brain is now under our control, but that is a good thing. You no longer have to worry about the mundane tasks of life; all you need to do now is party. Party hard, party with a purpose, party until you collapse and feed all of your life’s energy to our party vampire!
You know who loves to party? Skoryy loves to party: “Here, have last night’s Extra Life 2017 party in Secret World Legends’ Agartha, complete with dancing CMs and giant Dreaming One mascots!”
When Destiny 2
launched on PC just two weeks ago, the cheater ban waves began. Players revolted, arguing that they hadn’t been cheating and indeed that they had only innocuous programs running on their machines. Bungie initially scoffed at the claims, diplomatically calling them “internet BS,”
but then had to walk all that back
following a deeper investigation, overturning an undisclosed number of bans of people banned in error. The end result? People don’t believe Bungie when Bungie says its bans are legit.
And now it’s happening again. As Kotaku reports, the Destiny 2 forums are overrun with banned players arguing they aren’t cheaters but instead are being flagged for unrelated third-party programs, like kernel debuggers and Visual Studio used in actual game development.
But Bungie is once again denying that its detection could be overzealous.
Last week’s (last) call for tavern and inn images seemed to bring out the nostalgic in all of our readers. It certainly didn’t take much for people to share their favorite hang-out spots and the memories that ran through them.
Let’s start with Camelotcrusade’s seemingly innocuous Star Wars: The Old Republic cantina: “While I know there are better Star Wars cantinas than this one, I chose it because in the early days ‘let’s meet at the cantina’ was our rendezvous point on the fleet. After you’d done your business, we’d meet there to decide what to do, or for RP.
“Since the fleet was a big circle, and both hemispheres had similar decor on the inner rings, it was a lot easier to go the wrong way than you’d think. I wasn’t the only player making a lap while others where already queued up. I could figure out where the center was, though.”
If you were expecting big news out of Activision-Blizzard’s Q3 2017 financial report… sorry to disappoint you, but you’ve probably heard the big news before, and that’s the news that Destiny 2 is doing pretty well. All told, D2’s console launch helped drive the corporation’s revenues to a record $1.62B for the quarter, a slight boost QoQ.
“Activision had the biggest third-quarter online player community in its history, with a record 49 million MAUs,” boasts the company. “Launched in September, Destiny 2 is the best-selling console game year-to-date in the U.S. Digital mix was over 50% of console full game sell-through, a new record for the company.”
On the Blizzard side, it’s Overwatch and Hearthstone taking home strong report cards, thanks to the former’s late summer and fall events and the latter’s Knights of the Frozen Throne expansion. World of Warcraft got a nod for its last patch too, which the company says led “to stable MAUs for the franchise quarter-over-quarter and continued participation in value added services.” Stable, well then.