Bungie’s Weekly Update, 08/10/15

This week Bungie’s Destiny update opens with a reminder about the recently announced Eververse Trading Company. We’ve info on that here in case you missed it, and Bungie also tease further “new experiences that everyone can share” and surprises. Bungie’s plan for keeping Destiny fresh going forwards is set to start with the 2.0.1 game update next week.

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Have you been clawing to get your hands on the Sleeper Simulant? The new Quest which rewards the Heavy Fusion Rifle has proved elusive for some and entertaining for others. Design lead Tyson Green has this to say on the nature of the Quest:

“The response to Sleeper Simulant was humbling because we did not predict the community reaction. When we try new things, players often teach us a lesson about how to do it better, and this one has us thinking hard about how Quests communicate their availability. Our challenge is balancing between the secrecy that makes these hunts exciting, and transparency that could spoil the fun for the hunters. As long as the community is giving us feedback, we’ll keep seeking the ideal balance.”

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Next up: Shotguns are being rebalanced; expect the change in update 2.0.1. While it may come as an unwelcome alteration to some, senior designer Jon Weisnewski explains the reasoning behind it:

“Since the release of Update 2.0, we’ve been analyzing data and listening closely to feedback … One piece of community feedback that has been unanimous is that the changes to Shotgun perks were not enough to curb their lethality at extreme ranges in the Crucible. The prevalence of Shot Package on almost every long-range Shotgun has effectively redefined the close-quarters combat experience. Going forward, we’ll continue to dial in Shotgun range.

With the deployment of Update 2.0.1, we will wholesale remove the Shot Package perk from all Shotguns. Any shotgun with Shot Package (depending on the exact weapon) will now have Close and/or Personal, Crowd Control, or Knee Pads. This change has not negatively impacted our PVE playtests.”

Shotguns will apparently still prove very effective at close range, and although the Shot Package perk is going away for now it will be worked on with the aim of reintroducing it in the future.

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 There are new updates to the Destiny Player Support, too. The Network Troubleshooting Guide  contains new information. The Guided Support will also be receiving new updates soon, in the meantime you can still check out the current version.

Finally, Guardians in trouble are once again directed to the #Help forums.

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