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Published on March 23rd, 2018 | by admin

This Week at Bungie, prep for landing

This week at Bungie, we’re watching the final Faction Rallies for Season 2 unfold.

Future War Cult has mobilised their faction in full force, in an effort to earn their first win since Destiny 2 introduced this ritual to the Tower. Their fingers are crossed, but the followers of New Monarchy could still pull off their fourth victory in a row.

Remember, this will be the last chance for players to earn Season 2 emblems and armour ornaments from their favourite faction leaders. You have through Wednesday, March 28 in ANZ, to add these to your inventory.

If you’d like to see what we’ve learned from this season, as well as our goals for Faction Rallies moving forward, make sure to check out last week’s commentary from the development team.

Distinctive

 

Update 1.1.3 introduced Nightfall Scoring and Challenge Cards to change the player experience. Update 1.1.4 brings unique rewards to sweeten each Nightfall Strike. For more information on this, head over here.

Competitive Housekeeping

Crucible isn’t just getting updates to game modes to speed up gameplay. Starting in Destiny Update 1.1.4, the Competitive Playlists will also feature a quitter penalty. The Development Team says:

Because the Competitive playlist disables Join-In-Progress, leaving matches early (for any reason) can ruin people’s games. Starting in 1.1.4, we are adding a system that can issue temporary restrictions, 30 minutes in length, for habitual quitters. 

Leaving a match early for any reason, from improper network settings to an idle time-out while getting the door for a food delivery, can result in a temporary restriction. If you’re entering the Competitive playlist, make sure you have a solid connection and the proper time to complete your matches. On our side, we’re also increasing security measures to improve the Crucible environment as a whole.

Our security team informed us that they also have some changes going into Update 1.1.4. Because security is a pretty hush-hush subject, we can’t go into the details of what is changing. If cheaters know how detection works, they can use that info to avoid it.

The changes that will be rolled out in 1.1.4 are going to increase the speed that the team can detect and punish cheaters. Keeping the Destiny 2 environment protected from bad actors is a priority for us. The team are continuing to work to make sure cheaters feel the full wrath of the Banhammer. If you believe you’ve encountered someone who’s cheating, please see our Report Suspected Cheating contact form.

Plans for more updates to security will be included in the upcoming 1.2.0 update as well.

One (dot) One (dot) Four

Patch notes have been collected, but we’re still applying some elbow grease to get everything in order. Here’s a quick sample of upcoming changes and fixes that you’ll see next Wednesday:

  • When playing strike or Crucible activities, “repeat reduction” will be introduced to prevent players from having to play the same strike or crucible map many times in succession
  • Exotic repetition reduction will prevent players from receiving the same Exotic reward multiple times in a row from Exotic engrams
    • Players can still receive repeated Exotic rewards from Milestones and other sources
  • Increased the max power handicap from 40 to 45 on the Nightfall Challenge Card
  • The timer to activate patrols has been reduced from 3 seconds to 1 second
  • Fixed an issue where players could be prevented from reaching the boss encounter of “A Garden World”
  • Fixed an issue where some Emblems were not displaying what statistic they track
  • Fixed an issue where applying or previewing a shader on an item would return players to the top page of the shader inventory

Stay tuned to Bungie.net on March 28 in ANZ for a full list of patch notes associated with Update 1.1.4.

 

Movie of the Week

Sometimes, it takes weeks to get the perfect shot. Waiting for the stars to align can feel like an eternity, but some have found they come together a bit more often than expected.

Movie of the Week: Leave None Standing

Runner up: Getting Lost

Runner up: Brought a knife to a Boss fight

If you’d like a chance to earn the Lens of Fate emblem, make sure to submit your video to the Creations page on Bungie.net and include #MOTW in your title.

We’re excited to see what new loadouts will be used in PvE – potentially to rack up even higher scores in the Nightfall. Speaking of which, here are the top three fireteams from last week’s Nightfall, “A Garden World”:

Exotic weapons are up next up in May, with some interesting changes for players to dive in to.

More to come, once 1.1.4 has landed!

For more information, head on over to Bungie.net


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