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Bungie apologizes for Destiny 2 content lockout and details upcoming changes

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Things are not going well for Bungie. In November a player uncovered hidden scaling issues, which forced Bungie to do a complete overhaul of the progression system. Then, Bungie decided to lock some original Destiny 2 content behind a DLC paywall - some activities that were available to all Guardians suddenly became Osiris-only activities, and naturally, players were not happy.

In a new blog post, Bungie once again does a 180 on a Destiny 2 decision - the content that was locked after the Curse of Osiris expansion will again become available. Bungie also apologized to players, explained their reasoning behind the initial decision, and renewed their commitment to listening to players.

"With Curse of Osiris now live, it’s clear that we’ve made some mistakes with how we have handled content access," explains Bungie. "We would like to talk through the reasoning behind our decisions so far and what we are committed to changing moving forward."

Bungie goes on to explain that they decided to make prestige level content (pertaining to these modes in Nightfall, Raiding, Trails of the Nine and Iron Banner) available to those who purchased expansions, because they wanted to improve on how things worked in the first Destiny. Meaning, they wanted content to reflect the power level of a Guardian as it progressed - more power demanded higher level content. It sounds good in principle, except that you cannot lock levels previous available to everyone. Then there are the Completionists who suddenly couldn't earn challenging Trophies and Achievements.

The team, therefore, decided to separated “Normal” and “Prestige” modes because:

"The Normal Leviathan Raid and Normal Nightfall would always stay at a Power level that was accessible to all players, and "Prestige difficulty would always rise to the new Power cap. It could be the pinnacle of challenge, with the most prestigious rewards, but it therefore would require you to own the latest Expansion and be at the new Power cap."

To rectify the mistakes, Bungie will release a hotfix later today.

Destiny 2 hotfix

The Prestige Leviathan Raid will be brought back down to Power 300, and its rewards will drop down to match the new Power Level. All players will regain access to the Prestige Raid.

  • This will allow access to “The Prestige” Achievement/Trophy for all players.
  • This will also allow all players ability to complete the final step for the Legend of Acrius Exotic Shotgun.

Trials of The Nine will only require Curse of Osiris when it features a Curse of Osiris map. For all other weeks, it will be available to all players.

  • This will allow access to “Lest Ye Be Judged” Achievement/Trophy for all players.
  • Trials of The Nine rewards that launched with Destiny 2 will still be accessible to all players.
  • New Seasonal Rewards that launched with Curse of Osiris, such as the new Seasonal Armor Ornaments, will require ownership of Curse of Osiris to acquire.

The Prestige Nightfall will remain a pinnacle activity, at the new 330 Power cap.   

  • This means Prestige Nightfall will require ownership of Curse of Osiris.
  • Because of this, we will update “The Prestige” Achievement/Trophy to only reference The Prestige Raid.
  • Moving forward, we are investigating adding a 3rd difficulty to all Prestige activities, so that we can provide both a challenge that stays relevant with each new Expansion, and a Prestige version that is available to all players.
  • Normal Nightfall will only require Curse of Osiris when it features a Curse of Osiris map. For all other weeks it will be available to all players.

Time-limited events – Iron Banner, Faction Rally, and The Dawning, will be made available to all players.

  • We will be postponing tomorrow’s Faction Rally, to ensure all of our players can access the activity and the appropriate rewards.
  • Iron Banner and Faction Rally rewards that launched with Destiny 2 will still be accessible to all players.
  • New Seasonal Rewards that launch with Curse of Osiris, such as the new Seasonal Armor Ornaments, will require ownership of Curse of Osiris to acquire.

Bungie also announced that they are working on improving Heroic Strikes; an area of the game that does need a lot more love from the developer. They are currently specifically working on new challenges, Modifiers, and "free access for all players."

We will release our review of the Curse of Osiris expansion later today. After the above Destiny 2 changes, it begs the question if it still worth purchasing the expansion. Stay tuned for our answer to that very important question.

Source: Bungie

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