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This Week At Bungie – 1/20/2022Jan 20, 2022 - Community AnnouncementsThis week at Bungie, we’re sweeping up some blues. Time’s been flying by, hasn’t it? Including the article you’re reading today, just five TWABs stand between you and The Witch Queen. We don’t (yet) have the technology to enter a hyper-sleep that can bridge these gaps, but we do have the power to set some expectations on topics we’ll be covering between now and then. This week, we’ll be talking about Power, blue drops, Gunsmith reputation, some shifts in Exotic sources, and more. Over the next few TWABs, we’ll be talking Vanguard rep, Gambit reworks, weapon crafting, and Void 3.0... but not necessarily in that order. Don’t forget the patch note previews and additional weapon tuning details. It’ll be a fun time, and hopefully we’ll give you some things to chew on each week. We may even have a trailer or two to share with you before launch. If you haven’t been on social media in the last week, you might have missed some bite-sized snippets of story... So, let’s kick things off with Power, and where your Guardian will stand when it’s time to embark on The Witch Queen’s campaign. Hit the jump for more!This Week At Bungie – 01/13/2022Jan 13, 2022 - Community AnnouncementsThis week at Bungie, we are pondering our Orbs … of Power! We’re back, baby! TWAB is alive and well and we’re excited for what’s next with the upcoming launch of The Witch Queen. Just one more month to go before we learn more about Savathûn’s influence and what that means for Guardians and our beloved Osiris, in addition to some nifty additions to gameplay such as crafting and pokey-pokey Glaive goodness. While we do want to share some news with our players, we also want to keep some secrets because there are a few unique surprises on the way that we want you to experience for yourselves. Also, can we just take a moment to appreciate the latest trailer for The Witch Queen that showcased Savathûn’s Throne World? Because I don’t know about you, but I’m still screaming in excitement and the entire team here at Bungie can’t wait to see your reactions to what’s next. It’s going to be a wild ride, so buckle that metaphorical seatbelt, friends. Before you dive into the latest trailer below, we did want to offer a small warning to players: spoilers are coming. Be aware that the weeks leading up to the launch of The Witch Queen will include information that those averse to spoilers might want to avoid. Just be careful out there, Guardians! If you'd like to hear more about upcoming changes to armor mods and more, check out the Bungie Blog!Huge changes coming to Destiny 2's masterwork armor and weaponsJan 13, 2022 - PC Gamers an avid reader of the This Week at Bungie blog, I have long since made my peace with the way Destiny 2 balance changes tend to be a mixture of 'giveth' and 'confusingly taketh away'. Today's entry , which focuses on changes to how masterwork armor and weapons function, is a perfect example of the form. On the one hand we're getting some much-requested quality of life stuff. On the other it's going to become more fiddly to generate Orbs of Light... Read more.Destiny 2: The Witch Queen has just gotten a rad new trailerJan 11, 2022 - VG247We’ve got a brand new trailer for Destiny 2’s upcoming expansion The Witch Queen! This time around, we’re taken through sly Savathun’s throne world, the humongous swamp she calls home and has filled with traps and all her secrets. As Guardians, it looks as though we’ll be braving the unknown to discover everything she’s hiding, fighting through her minions as we go. This trailer is of course paired with voiceover from Savathun herself, who taunts us with her power over her domain. To give her credit, she does try to convince us to turn around and go back home, which is a decent upgrade over the usually reception we get! If we turn down that tempting offer, we can explore what seems to be a varied cornucopia of danger. We see of course the swampy outskirts of Savathun’s world, as well as the regal structures that make up what we can only assume to be the centre of her crib. Add to that the dark and dank caves we’ve grown to expect from the hive, and it looks like we’ve got quite the sightseeing tour ahead of us. Read more Создатели Halo и Destiny наняли старшего сценариста для работы над неанонсированным проектомJan 9, 2022 - Gamemag.ruСтудия Bungie, известная своей работой над оригинальной трилогией Halo и двумя частями Destiny, продолжает нанимать сотрудников для некоего неанонсированного проекта. Подробностей об игре пока нет, однако это не мешает присоединяться к команде новым людям. Bungie will reward Destiny 2 players who tank their level to help noobs trapped in 'burning hell'Jan 6, 2022 - PC GamerI think it's a reasonable rule of thumb to say that forcing players into any gaming activity is a risky move. But when it comes to a sprawling live service game like Destiny 2, I can also understand the motivation: you want to make sure nobody misses the dope new stuff you've added. Which is what Bungie decided to do with Dares of Eternity, the six-person matchmade activity that arrived alongside the 30th Anniversary update on December 7... Read more.New Destiny 2 players are being thrown into dire Dares of Eternity matchesJan 4, 2022 - VG247A funny story surrounding the recently released Dares of Eternity activity in Destiny 2 has popped up recently. First reported on by Forbes, it appears that new players jumping into Destiny 2 for the first time are being thrust into the mode as soon as they start playing the game, when they are horrendously under-geared and utterly clueless on what is going on. Here’s how this all works. As soon as Dares of Eternity was released alongside the Bungie 30th Anniversary update, players were immediately queued up for a Dares of Eternity session by Xur. Regardless of what you were doing, or how much Destiny 2 you had played, you were forcibly introduced to the new content. While we can only assume this was done so any confusion on how to access said content, and the loot that players wanted to get their grubby hands on, was eliminated, it has created an unfortunate situation for those naively booting up the game for the first time. You see, the Dares of Eternity has a minimum power level of 1150, while new players are sat at a measly 1100. Read more How to complete the Grasp of Avarice dungeon in Destiny 2Dec 23, 2021 - PC GamerThe Destiny 2 Grasp of Avarice dungeon headlines Bungie’s 30th Anniversary, along with Gjallarhorn, Forerunner, and more. The pirate-themed excursion is full of fun, explosions and riches. There are secrets aplenty within its depths, as well as loot to earn and bosses to conquer... Read more.This Week At Bungie – 12/16/2021Dec 16, 2021 - Community AnnouncementsLate last week, an article posted by IGN reported on stories and experiences from several current and former employees here at Bungie. Our CEO, Pete Parsons, responded to the contents that were shared within the article and laid out the significant changes we’ve made and areas in which we will continue to improve. We are nowhere near where we want to be, but we are committed to continue working towards diversity, equity, and inclusion in our studio and the community at large. We believe that an inclusive and diverse team that prioritizes work and life harmony will make Bungie the best studio it can be. As we celebrate 30 years of creating worlds that inspire friendship, it is also important to recognize and own our mistakes. Any good we’ve done can’t be leveraged to explain away or justify the people who were hurt by inaction. We will learn from our past, not brush it aside—we have to do and be better.  Thank you to all the brave individuals who helped shed light on these instances of mistreatment. Since the publishing of the IGN article, we have heard additional stories of poor experiences at Bungie. We intend to investigate all future incidents should new information come to light.  Thank you for your support over the past 30 years, here is to 30 years more. Read the full TWAB on Bungie.netDestiny 2: How to guarantee the infinite heavy ammo buff in Dares of EternityDec 16, 2021 - PC GamerFor my glimmer, Dares of Eternity is the best matchmade six-player activity added to Destiny 2 since The Menagerie. Styled as a paracausal games show, DoE (as I shall hereafter call it), is hosted by Xur, Destiny's tentacle-faced exotic vendor. He is assisted by a celestial horse that whinnies its approval as you slay out... Read more.How to complete the Rite of Dawning quest in Destiny 2Dec 15, 2021 - PC GamerThe Destiny 2 Rite of Dawning quest is one of a few things you can do now the festive season has returned to The Tower. Our Guardian hub has once again got a holiday makeover, and as ever, we have sweet treats to bake for our favourite NPCs. For example, when it comes to the Rite of Dawning, you're making Dark Chocolate Motes. Make sure they're nice and light... Read more.All the recipes and ingredients in Destiny 2's The Dawning 2021Dec 14, 2021 - PC GamerNow that the holiday season has returned, you've got some Destiny 2 The Dawning 2021 recipes to make. If you've joined in on the festivities before you'll have a good idea of what to expect: Once again everyone's favourite space grandma, Eva Levante, returns to a festively-redesigned Tower to receive your gastronomic goodies... Read more.The Dawning 2021 Dec 14, 2021 - Community AnnouncementsSpread Cheer This is the perfect time of year to show our new Eliksni and Cabal friends that our life is not just struggle and strife. Meet Eva Levante in the Tower, discover new quests, and join Zavala and Saint-14 in the gift-giving spirit. Perhaps you’ll get a gift in return. {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/35190912/9dd17918bd104abe1b2974d77a7929c926c56f17.jpg An Ice Surprise The Vapoorwill Spin Exotic ship, Fractic Spiral Sparrow, and Zephyr Legendary Sword make their dawning debut alongside new unlockable upgrades that provide bonus rewards and improved Dawning weapon drops. {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/35190912/d07f14d6570c49533d51f74bf064d008017f7265.jpg Shine Bright What do you get for a Guardian who has it all? How about an ornament set so stunning that even your enemies will fondly recount their ill-fated Dawning duel with the devastatingly dashing defender of Light. {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/35190912/9888aa45c76af4e17a60f24f24b20b1e3371f6f9.jpg To New Friends "Even a master strategist like Caiatl will never see this coming,” Zavala thinks, as he tucks her gift under his arm and exits the HELM, leaving the War Table littered with Cabal units and crumbs. Striding through the courtyard on his way to the hangar, he joins Eva at her Holiday Oven to watch Saint-14 carefully add another cookie to an already overflowing tray—the Eliksni children really like those Ether Puffs. High above them, as if drawn by the sound of laughter and smell of baked treats, the first snowflake of the season drifts towards the Tower. The Dawning has begun. {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/35190912/5faf49ae842ef7947a2a0e1db292c40358ad0942.jpg This Week At Bungie – 12/09/2021Dec 14, 2021 - Community AnnouncementsThis week at Bungie, we’re celebrating our 30th anniversary! As you may have noticed, we held back a lot of what we had planned for 30th. There were a lot of questions about when the trailer would go live, but we saved it until just a few hours before launch to keep the spoilers to a minimum and the surprise and delight at max volume. If you haven’t got a chance to watch it or just want to rewatch it because it’s really awesome, here you go! Three decades is a long time to be making games. Everyone at Bungie loves getting to create things to entertain our community and we’ve had a blast finally watching everyone jump in and experience 30th Anniversary this week. Thanks for joining us to celebrate with a ton of new items and experiences in the game. There is cool content to buy with the pack, but everyone is able to participate, with plenty of free content to go around. Go to Bungie.net to read the full TWAB. Bungie CEO apologises after damning report about toxic studio cultureDec 14, 2021 - Rock, Paper, ShotgunOn Friday, a report into Bungie's work culture unearthed allegations of racism, sexism, discrimination, toxic leadership and more besides. Current and former employees of the Destiny developers claim they've experienced "overt sexism, boys' club culture, crunch, and HR protection of abusers, as well as more complex stories of microaggressions, systemic inequalities, and difficulties in being heard". CEO Pete Parsons has since issued an apology "on behalf of everyone at Bungie", acknowledging that the studio needs to listen to these accounts, and do better. Read more Bungie contractor reveals how the studio downgraded his Destiny credit then 'shadowbanned' him from future workDec 13, 2021 - PC GamerIGN published an in-depth investigation on December 10 into Bungie's alleged workplace culture of harassment. A particular focus of the report was the conditions the narrative team worked under, including the "boys club culture" and continual periods of crunch: And now, a popular Destiny content creator who has also spent time as a Bungie contractor has added his tale to the pile... Read more.Destiny 2 players are soaring through the sky with the new Eager Edge traitDec 13, 2021 - VG247The Destiny 2 community is having a lot of fun as of late thanks to the new Eager Edge trait found in 30th anniversary pack swords. With this trait, players are able to soar huge distances across the sky, which is proving to be not only a great PvE speedrunning strategy, but a fun way of closing the distance in PvP, too. Here’s how it works. With either the Half Truths or The Other Half swords, which were newly added to the game as part of the 30th anniversary update, each weapon has a chance to have the Eager Edge trait built in. This trait provides increased lunge distance immediately after switching to the sword. As such, players who quickly switch to the sword, lunge, then switch back to their other guns during the lunge animation get to maintain the momentum that trait provides. This allows them to surge forward massive distances, and is something all classes can make use of. Read more Недельный чарт Steam: Кампания Halo Infinite на вершине и вылет Battlefield 2042 из десятки бестселлеровDec 12, 2021 - Gamemag.ruЛидером очередного недельного чарта Steam по объему выручки от продаж стала одиночная кампания шутера Halo Infinite от студии 343 Industries и издательства Xbox Game Studios. Вторая и третья позиции остались за предзаказом Deluxe-издания Destiny 2: Королева-ведьма + набор к 30-летию Bungie и непосредственно самим набором соответственно. Bungie CEO apologizes following in-depth report into sexism and toxicity at the studioDec 10, 2021 - PC Gamermajor new IGN report into workplace toxicity at Destiny 2 studio Bungie has prompted an apology from CEO Pete Parsons, who acknowledged that while the studio has made positive changes in recent years, "it is not enough, and it has taken too long.".. Read more.Bungie and Nerf have built a real-life Gjallarhorn with foam Wolfpack roundsDec 10, 2021 - PC GamerGjallarhorn, the gilded rocket launcher Bungie has brought back to Destiny as part of its 30th anniversary celebrations, is also showing up somewhere else: the playground. The studio has partnered with foam-based weapons maker Nerf to create a one-to-one replica of the legendary Exotic... Read more.Destiny 2 Had a Peak of Over 200k Concurrent Players During its First Day on SteamOct 2, 2019 - GitHypWith Bungie and Activision officially parting ways, yesterday marked Destiny 2's first day on Steam after leaving the Blizzard launcher. Now free-to-play on Steam with a brand new $34.99 "Shadowkeep" expansion, Destiny 2 peaked with 219k concurrent players on Tuesday. That number might have been even higher if not for technical issues that prevented many users from logging in and Bungie taking the game down for “emergency maintenance. However, with Mostly Positive reviews right now on Steam, it doesn't seem like said issues being fixed tomorrow will have a drastic impact on the player counts. Destiny 2's player count hitting 200k was enough to help the game rank in as the #3 most played game on Steam for a couple hours yesterday. But D2's numbers were far behind yesterday's peaks for Steam's top 3 games: Dota 2 (606k players), CS:GO (605k players), and PUBG (566k players). Destiny's biggest competition over the years has been the growing popularity of Warframe -- a similar free-to-play loot shooter -- which is still in Steam's top 10 averaging around 50k concurrent players and peaking at 132k players back in November 2018. Yesterday also marked the first time we've ever been able to see Destiny's actual player counts. So, it'll be interesting to see if Destiny 2 is able to grow any more to compete with PUBG or if its player base will decline closer to Warframe's numbers.