This Week at Bungie
This week at Bungie, we mapped more of the road ahead.
We have a new version of the Destiny 2 Development Roadmap. Take a look at what’s coming in Season 3 through the summer, all way up to the beginning of Season 4. You can read more developer commentary in the full Roadmap post.
We hope this gives you a good idea of what we have on our plate for the months ahead. These delivery times are goals. Some of these features could move around as we get closer to releases.
Our next expansion, Warmind, arrives on May 8. We know you have a lot of questions about it. Your answers will arrive in our next reveal stream on April 24. Developers from Bungie will be on the hot seats along with some representatives from our new partners at Vicarious Visions to talk about this new adventure that we created together.
In the meantime, if you want to decorate your desktop.
One thing we’re changing up at the beginning of Season 3 is how your Power level will affect the enemies you face. As you tackle a new campaign and start taking on activities above your current Power level, you may find that the villains you face put up more of a fight. Here is Combatants Design Lead Tomonori Kinoshita to give you some details on the changes we’re making.
Tomo: Hey, folks!
I’d like to let you know of an upcoming PvE difficulty tuning pass that should be hitting your consoles and PCs along with the beginning of Season 3.
The main goals from this tuning pass are to provide a more challenging experience for players when they take on higher-leveled activities. This should make Power progression and acquisition more meaningful, reinforce and reward the energy type matching gameplay, and provide opportunities for our master PvE-ers to demonstrate their prowess at the highest levels.
So, how are we going to tackle this?
Change our outgoing player damage scaling vs. higher-leveled combatants to be steeper (make them more difficult), similar to Destiny. As a result, higher-leveled combatants will take longer to kill than they currently do—but if you’re at or above their level, you can still melt them (like you’ve come to love) with Update 1.1.4.
Extend our outgoing and incoming damage scaling from capping at a 40 power level delta to a 50 power level delta. Currently, in Destiny 2, our scaling only affects the difficulty of combatants up to 40 Power levels above the player before plateauing. Increasing this to 50 Power levels adds a little more room for players to show off how badass they really are.
When combatants are 50 Power levels or higher above the player, they will be immune and display a “??” icon on their nameplate. OG Guardians probably remember the first time they stumbled across the Hive in the depths of Cosmodrome. We wanted to bring back that feeling of mystery and provide challenges for the player to come back to later in their journey.
Change combatant energy shields to fulfill the following: Matching energy element damage to shields is most effective (roughly 3x damage plus the current shield detonation), followed by non-matching energy (roughly 2x damage), and Kinetic damage won’t have any bonus damage multiplier. To further incentivize the matching game, the 3x multiplier for matching damage types is not affected by the damage scaling of higher-leveled combatants until the combatants display the “??” nameplates.
The previous change also allows us to bring back Match Game as an additional Prestige Nightfall modifier for extra points and bragging rights. When this modifier is enabled, all non-matching damage to energy shields is reduced to 10%, so make sure your fireteam is coordinating appropriately. The current plan is for Match Game to launch along with the rest of these difficulty changes.
We look forward to watching the community show off their PvE skills after these new settings go live. Show us what you’re made of, Guardians.
Back in Plaid
We’ve seen the Destiny community do some pretty amazing things to have a positive impact on the real world. Guardians never shy away from lending a helping hand. We’re rallying the banners again for a couple of great causes. Over the next month, Bungie will go head-to-head against other local businesses to raise money for two great organizations.
To prove that men don’t have exclusive rights to kilts, Bungie Foundation Manager Christine Edwardshas your call to action.
Christine: Bungie is celebrating its 7th anniversary of supporting families at the Seattle Ronald McDonald House through their annual Men in Kilts fundraiser! As you all know, 7 is a big deal for us, so we’re planning on going all out this year with a giant goal of raising $77,000. Help us achieve our goal and cast your vote for Team Bungie by donating $10 or more. Every $30 donated will pay for a family to stay at the House for one night. Head to the RMHC Donation Page to cast your votes by Friday, April 27!
Need a sweeter incentive? Check out these backer rewards for donating to Men in Kilts!
$50—Exclusive high-resolution digital Destiny 2 teaser concept art.
Art will be prepped at a 3:2 aspect ratio at a high resolution for easy printing and framing.
Art will be delivered via email attachment to donors in early–mid June.
$100—The prize above, plus a postcard shipped to you signed by our MiK team.
$250—All prizes above, plus a digital print of exclusive art made by Mark Flieg.
$500—All prizes above, plus a physical print shipped to you of Mark’s exclusive art.
$1000—All prizes above, plus participation in a Bungie studio visit with you and a guest, dates scheduled quarterly in 2018/2019 and announced separately to donors after the event concludes.
Note: All travel and hotel accommodations are the sole responsibility of the donor.
$2000—All prizes above, plus your own piece of custom concept art, featuring you, created by Mark Flieg
This year marks our 5th anniversary of the Gauntlet Tabletop Fundraiser. On Sunday, May 20, Team Bungie will compete in a tournament against 20 other local gaming studios and tabletop aficionados to raise funds for Wellspring Family Services. They're a local organization that has been working to build emotionally healthy, self-sufficient families and a nonviolent community for over 120 years. Your donations help them reach that goal and embolden our team with Power-Ups that will help us win the tournament. Head to our team’s Donation Page to commit your support on or before May 20!