Bungie’s listening, and Destiny’s getting better

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One thing I found odd with the retail release of Destiny was the relative lack of public events that happened, at least when compared with their frequency in the alpha and beta. That’s soon changing – along with a few other things to make the game just a little more fun.

Speaking to Joystiq, Bungie’s David Dague – or Deej if you like – confirmed that the number of public events would double.

“Bungie is hard at work behind the scenes, updating Destiny to make it better,” Bungie community manager David Dague said. “We’ve rolled out numerous patches, tuning updates, and server adjustments. For instance, the frequency of public events has more than doubled.”

“We’ll keep working to ensure our server performance remains stable for our already sizeable community, which has shattered previous records for any Bungie game to date. In an effort to keep our community up-to-date on these changes, patch notes will continue to appear on Bungie.net. The team is committed to a steady stream of post launch support, including the addition of some much requested features.”

Those changes have already happened, with Bungie confirming that yesterday’s 300mb 1.03 update doubled the number of public events you’ll see.

Here’s the changelog. As any online game with MMO flavour, the game will continually evolve and change with time – hopefully for the better. No amount of patching can fix the repetitive mission structure, the wooden dialogue or the dull, poorly-delivered narrative though.

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Engineering

  • Fixes for Xbox One bootflow issues
  • Changes in network configuration to improve stability
  • Fixes for issues causing game crashes

Events

  • Public Events should occur twice as frequently in public spaces

Last Updated: September 17, 2014

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I’m old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time – they were capable of being masterpieces. I’m here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

  • William Francis

    Awwwww yis!

  • CypherGate

    They know they cannot and i repeat CANNOT mess this up cause they invested too much into this game!

  • Sir Rants A Lot: On Pandora

    I sometimes wonder. Won’t it just be simpler for devs and publishers to make offline games and get them out after proper internal QA? No constant server side optimisation or any other such nonsense which just eats away at the profit margins after sales?

    • Sageville

      It’s very hard to simulate actual online users worldwide in a virtual environment.

      • Sir Rants A Lot: On Pandora

        Which is exactly my point. Won’t it be easier to forego all this online crap and just go back to offline games where you don’t need to worry about all this crap and whether you environment is going to survive (which it won’t) and then having to fork out more cash as people need to fix and optomise.

        • Sageville

          Sure but then you basically remove all interaction with the world outside your couch. Who would then send me “Eat a bag of Dicks” messages after a game of FPS multiplayer.

          People will also get tired of fighting AI.

  • Admiral Chief Assassin

    What about better loot?

    • Hammersteyn

      That’s the way the game was designed. They want you to grind

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        Any more grinding & I’d be a dancer in a rap music video.

        • Yo Hoe!

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

          • Sageville

            WOPAH!

        • Hammersteyn

          LOL

      • nick

        I like the loot system, it would be worse if day 1 there were people running around with one shot kill auto-rifles and god mode armour. all my best stuff i got from co-op strikes and raids not grinding.

  • Admiral Chief Assassin

    What about PC implementation?

    • Hammersteyn

      What about buying a PS4 😛

      Have they done the prize draw yet btw?

      • Sean Carbutt

        LOL. At this point i hate being part of the console clan and not a part of the Ubber clan

      • Robert Hart

        PS4 with mouse and KB support would be the only way.

  • Admiral Chief Assassin

    What about that link Hammersteyn sent?

    • Hammersteyn

      XD

  • Hammersteyn

    I read an article that describes Destiny as simply the best and worst game ever. The biggest issue most people still have that they need to sort out sharpish is this…
    http://i.i mgur.com/drWNqBx.jpg

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      That second one, from what I’ve heard you don’t need to visit their site to sort it out, a simple Google search is enough.

  • Nick de Bruyne

    I just wrote something up on this whole idea of patching fixing the things you say it can’t fix. I think that if done right, they really could. Sure, some things can’t change that much, but some pretty significant additions could be made through patching alone to really change things up, even as far as doing things like maybe adding more ‘cities’ like the watchtower, or adding new events and mission types to existing areas. Mix that in with a revised looting system and some rebalancing a la Diablo 3 Reaper of Souls and you could have a big shift.

    • JuJu

      Yeap Diablo III is a great example of game changing additions and balances.

    • L337J1MB0B

      Hypothetically, they could… hypothetically they could also patch Destiny 2 into Destiny 1 to make it the game we were all promised.

      • Nick de Bruyne

        Well I don’t want to hijack the Lazygamer post or thread, but here is a link to the post asking if Destiny is going to need do some serious post-release alterations to win people over in the long run: http://pennyworthreviews.com/must-destiny-change/

        • L337J1MB0B

          That’s an interesting read, thanks for sharing. I genuinely do hope that they can transform Destiny into something special. I have my reservations though as I think the issues facing Destiny are more directly related to the core experience, vs something like Diablo 3’s transformation. In my opinion the problem started when Bungie refused to concede that Destiny is a MMO. By doing this and coining exciting new terms like “shared-world shooter” they created a set of expectations.

  • MakeItLegal

    i will get destiny when the ps4 is R3000 , wont pay more than that…and thats a maybe

    • Francois Knoetze

      so basically never…bec by that time the successor/next console will be out.

      • MakeItLegal

        no , when its around R3000 , pick up all the eclusives that dont end up on PC

    • Sageville

      Oh nose!

      Sony will be crushed with this news!

      • MakeItLegal

        no they wont , you will be crushed when you have to rebuy all your ps4 games again for the ps5 , and new remotes and and and , my stream libary will last a life time , for instance i just picked up left 4 dead 2 for $5 , bought a copy for my mate aswell …. tax free still 🙂

        • Sageville

          Your logic fails.

          (Sorry, I did have a long story about why your logic fails, but I figured you probably know that already and are just making a point to counter my sarcy comment 😉

    • WolfyZA

      LOL R3000? Not even the PS3 is priced so modestly yet, maybe at a pawnshop but not brand new.

      • MakeItLegal

        I can wait

  • Jellybabe

    Too late. Moving along to Borderlands and trading in this tripe borefest.

  • I am sure they could offer some free DLC that would improve the story?

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      Yes that would b… oh you! HAHAHAHAHAHA!

  • Francois Knoetze

    well the public events are certainly more. not a bad thing. looking forward to the grinding. got to level 20 last night with my warlock and still need to start playing with my hunter.

    • Sageville

      Leveling past 20 is pretty hard.

      Make sure you start grinding Rep for Vanguard and Crucible.

      • Francois Knoetze

        exactly the route I am going. realised how hard it was after I got past that level. will also do some farming (not that I want to but might help).

        what freaks me out is that some people I know went from level 20 to 25 from yesterday. but he is off from work for a week and heard from a friend that he was farming like mad.

        • Sageville

          You can probably get to lvl 23 with just lucky “light” armor drops. Still confused me how one of my mates already had lvl 26 only a week after release, especially given the weekly limit on tokens.

          • Francois Knoetze

            I am kind of surprised too at all the lvl 26′ popping up. But hey maybe they have had more time playing than the rest of us. got to lvl 21 last night by fluke and a few adjustments and almost a wee bit to go to get to 22.

            a stupid question: where the hell is the vault of glass section bec I am looking on the menu and can’t for the life of me find it o.O. I used my glasses and everything

          • Sageville

            I think it’s there in one of the planet maps. But I think it’s only for those level 26 peeps.

          • Francois Knoetze

            ah was wondering about that! looks like a mission but a lot of fun

  • 300mb 1.03 update <– more like a 1.34mb for Xbone unless its still to be released

    • WolfyZA

      You know Sony updates, most of the data is just padding.

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