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.

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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

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