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Bungie has pulled the plug on its hidden Destiny 2 XP cooldown system

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You ever feel that your push towards Bright Engrams in Destiny 2 has been somewhat slow? That your numerous bounties, replays of adventures and public events have only managed to introduce a trickle of experience points into the magical bar that renders loot unto you? Well then you’re not alone, as Destiny 2 players caught a whiff of something in the XP air, and it didn’t exactly smell kosher.

Discovering that a hidden cooldown system was consuming up to 95% of any XP gained in a short time, fans weren’t exactly happy with the hard work of a grind being rewarded with a hefty tax on their progress. Responding to the evidence, Bungie detailed how the system works and how it had been switched off. “Currently, XP will scale up when playing longer or fixed duration activities like Crucible competitive multiplayer matches and the Leviathan Raid, and XP will scale down when playing activities that can be quickly, repeatedly chained, like grinding Public Events,” Bungie said in a statement.

We are not happy with the results, and we’ve heard the same from the community.  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.

Well well well

Look, I understand the intent of the system: Keep the game balanced and avoid players abusing any stages (ala Destiny 1’s Warmind level which could power-level a character easily thanks to hordes of Thralls) for quick experience gains. The more sceptical side of my fat face however, also thinks that it was designed to keep the rewarding of Bright Engrams down to a crawl, possibly influencing post-level 20 players to spend some cash on the in-game Silver currency.

But that’s just me and my tinfoil hat. I mean, what game developer has ever made changes when they’ve been caught red-handed in the middle of some more dodgy practices, right? Anyway, it’s good to know that for now, the Destiny 2 experience gain will at least be a tad bit more consistent. Much to the chagrin of Bright Engram vendor Tess Everess.

Last Updated: November 27, 2017


  1. Ottokie

    November 27, 2017 at 10:09

    Destiny 2 is a whole lot of grind with minimal gain. The gear wall at 265 is a lovely fight so far, so fun I actually started playing a fishing simulator again.


    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      November 27, 2017 at 10:14

      Has the romance faded already?


      • Ottokie

        November 27, 2017 at 10:15

        The “drop another 30 Euro to see what happens next” on an already fooking expensive game is making it fade a bit yes.


      • VampyreSquirrel

        November 27, 2017 at 10:25

        He’s just not into it on the same level as me. I’ve got 3 characters, 2 on power lvl 287 and 1 on 286.


        • Ottokie

          November 27, 2017 at 10:31

          Your RNG on drops is to insane xD


          • VampyreSquirrel

            November 27, 2017 at 10:34

            lol it’s not THAT good, though my Titan is now on 287. just getting that whole do 1 thing for powerful gear, grind for gear, get next powerful engram, etc, etc works wonders.

          • Ottokie

            November 27, 2017 at 10:35

            The grind feels kinda useless since I know the 5th new stuff drops and all that grinding will be replaced with blue gear again 🙁

          • VampyreSquirrel

            November 27, 2017 at 10:36

            *shrug* I enjoy doing the stuff so I can get legendary shards for later use, bright engrams for stuff.

          • Ottokie

            November 27, 2017 at 10:40

            True. But the grind to reward ratio is to kak for me.

          • VampyreSquirrel

            November 27, 2017 at 10:44


  2. VampyreSquirrel

    November 27, 2017 at 10:25

    That explains the amount of bright engrams I got this weekend… was higher than usual.


  3. Allykhat

    November 27, 2017 at 10:43

    I’m not angry at the system itself. I can understand the need for it to a degree. I DO NOT agree with them hiding it and then making out like they are doing us a favor, only because major publications called them out on it after the subreddit devolved into the community calling Bungo out on it.


  4. Admiral Chief Silver Dragon

    November 27, 2017 at 11:01

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      November 27, 2017 at 11:20

      That reminds me of the frame rates on Plains of Eidolon.


      • Admiral Chief Silver Dragon

        November 27, 2017 at 12:12

        Having issues? Quite stable this side


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