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THIS WEEK IN DESTINY – 09/28/2023Sep 28, 2023 - Community AnnouncementsHappy Twidsday, Guardians! We are back this week with some previews and new rewards to earn! How have you been enjoying the Season of the Witch story? How many Altars have you completed so far? Thoughts on Checkmate? Speaking of Checkmate, keep reading to learn about some changes coming soon! Make sure you’re sounding off on socials so our teams can read your feedback. Read more in our blog here.DDoS attacks were the source of Destiny 2's server troubles this weekSep 21, 2023 - PC Gamern increase in Destiny 2 error code encounters earlier this week was caused by DDoS attacks, says developer Bungie. The attacks caused some players to be unable to log in or stay connected, and got worse over September 18 and 19—by the evening of the 19th many couldn't play at all... Read more.Update: 'Frankengun' Destiny glitch has been patched, hope you had your funSep 16, 2023 - PC GamerUpdate: It was fun while it lasted, but Destiny 2's assault rifles and grenade launchers won't be blasting away like shotguns any more. A hotfix—the first of several—has disabled a selection of frames and perks on Exotic and Legendary crafted weapons, including "Osteo Striga, Revision Zero, Dead Man's Tale, Dead Messenger, Vexcalibur, and all three Exotic class glaives" Bungie has announced... Read more.Destiny 2 is going to get rid of one of its currencies like it did with its contentSep 15, 2023 - VG247Bungie has announced in its latest Destiny 2 this Week at Bungie blog a major change to the game's economy. Legendary Shards, one of the game's many, many currencies is going away. Bungie will be removing the currency entirely from the game with the launch of the next expansion, The Final Shape. However, changes will start taking place at the launch of Season 23, which is kicking off at the end of November. First, Legendary Shard costs will be removed from the Monument to Lost Lights. Then, non-Adept focusing will no longer cost Shards. Finally, all Legendary Shards will be remove with the release of the expansion. Read more This Week In Destiny - 09/14/2023Sep 15, 2023 - Community AnnouncementsThis week in Destiny, we have to talk about Legendary Shards. Check your Destiny 2 inventory—it's those purple spiky things you might have in the thousands (or tens of thousands). They look like weird, sour candy, right? Maybe they taste like grapes? Or blueberries? Oh, no, that's the kind of dark thought a Hive acolyte would have, and we are also missing the point here, so let's focus a bit and recap last week's TWID before jumping to the news: Final call for the Guardians for Maui fundraiser. Update from our PvP Strike team. Show us those Tessellation clips! New ritual armor sets. World First race winners interview. And this is the menu for today: We explain the process of Legendary Shard deprecation. Some new info and updates on the Crota's End raid. New PvP update previews for Seasons 22 and 23. Checkmate enters the Crucible Labs next week. Improved Trials weapon drops for wins. Tessellation shines bright in these community clips! The weekly Destiny Player Support report. Our latest Art of the Week and Movie of the Week picks. Got that? You can read the rest of the article here.Destiny 2 is going to delete one of its main currencies because players used exploits to stockpile too muchSep 14, 2023 - PC GamerThere must be an almost erotic thrill to eliminating an entire currency at the click of a button. That's what is going to happen in Destiny 2 at the end of November when Season 23 launches. Bungie today announced that it will be completely deprecating Legendary Shards, which are a material used to pay for all sorts of items in the game. Unlike previous material deprecations, the studio also said that it will not be offering anything by way of compensation. Legendary Shards are just going to be gone... Read more.Bungie is determined to bribe me into running Destiny 2's new raid this weekendAug 31, 2023 - PC GamerRecently, my Destiny 2 clanmates and I took the healthy and responsible decision not to participate in the next raid race. The way things work in Destiny 2 is that for the first 48 hours of any new or reprised raid a modifier called 'Contest Mode' is active, during which time player power is capped 20 levels under the enemies in each encounter. Result: you deal less damage and take much more. For those who don't have a well-drilled fireteam and meta loadouts, the experience is bracing—particularly as fatigue creeps in, and the tempers of old gamers with decaying thumb skill begin to fray... Read more.This Week In Destiny – 08/31/2023Aug 31, 2023 - Community AnnouncementsThis week in Destiny, Crota is back in all his rotating, crotating glory. We're stoked to watch you take him on, but we'll get to that in a minute. Read more on our blog here.How to complete Metamorphosis Attunement in Destiny 2Aug 30, 2023 - PC GamerCompleting Metamorphosis Attunement in Destiny 2 is a key step in the new seasonal storyline, as you pick an element to focus as part of the Bladed Path quest. This might seem like a waste of time initially, but gaining each of the three attunements allows you to pick up the elemental Opaque Cards scattered throughout the Savathun's Spire activity... Read more.DESTINY 2: THE FINAL SHAPE + ANNUAL PASS - Pre-Order TodayAug 29, 2023 - Community AnnouncementsPre-order today The Final Shape has been revealed and the Witness’s plans have almost been brought to fruition. This is the hardest challenge you have faced yet, but you won't be alone. Ikora Rey, Commander Zavala, and even a mysteriously returned Cayde-6 will be at your side, ready to walk a path of remembrance and discovery through The Pale Heart of the Traveler itself. The main story of The Final Shape will be told throughout the course of its campaign, which you will be able to complete with increased difficulty and rewards in the Legendary campaign. Players will explore the familiar yet unsettling panoramas of The Pale Heart, the first linear destination in Destiny 2. When the campaign has been completed, there's plenty more coming. In the new raid, Guardians will confront the Witness head on and try to break its hold on The Pale Heart. But even that might not be enough... the culmination of the Light and Darkness Saga is upon us, and all Guardians must answer the call if we want to overcome The Final Shape and the Witness once and for all. The time has come, Guardians. Rally the Vanguard, raise your Light, wield your Darkness, and become legend.Joe Blackburn on Destiny 2 conspiracy theories, what happened to the PvP team, and The Witness being able to 1v1 anyone in the universeAug 29, 2023 - PC GamerIt's been two weeks since the mood music in Destiny 2 got so bad that game director Joe Blackburn took to his personal Twitter to deliver a video message addressing various community complaints and concerns. For a studio that tends to deal in lengthy blog posts, such a personal approach only underlined the perceived urgency of the situation. Ironically, the latest meltdown had been triggered by one such 'State of the Game' post, which, rather than allaying concerns, had air-dropped petrol onto them... Read more.How to get Opaque Cards in Destiny 2's Season of the WitchAug 24, 2023 - PC GamerFinding Opaque Cards is a big part of Destiny 2's new Season of the Witch. Besides the usual seasonal vendor, the Lectern of Divination grants powerful benefits if you find and return these cards to the deck. Minor Arcana are a little like the bonuses from last season, providing buffs for crafting seasonal armour and weapons, or free engrams and keys... Read more.If you can believe it, Destiny 2: The Final Shape won't introduce a new enemy factionAug 23, 2023 - VG247Bungie has delivered a big reveal livestream for Destiny 2: The Final Shape, the next expansion in the long-running loot shooter series. The Final Shape is the final chapter of what Bungie has retroactively been referring to as The Light and Darkness Saga. The story that began with the first Destiny will end with the new campaign, as Guardians face The Witness, the new baddie who's been after The Traveler. Bungie spent much of the stream driving home how much of a big deal The Final Shape is. But for all that talk, this won't actually be the expansion to finally add a new enemy faction (that's not a re-skin) to the game. While the pyramid-shaped Darkness enemies have been teased as the fifth major faction even before the original Destiny came out, the general thought was that it was being saved for a big expansion. We're now at the end of that saga, and we'll still going to be fighting the classic four. Read more Destiny 2: How to complete the Unveiled questAug 23, 2023 - PC GamerThe Destiny 2 Unveiled quest is one of the new missions that was added as part of the Season of the Witch. While Eris is busy trying to turn into a Hive god by murdering hordes of enemies, there are new Strand Aspects to grab back on the neon-soaked sands of Neomuna. Just like last season, there is a new Aspect for each of the Strand classes, changing up how they play... Read more.Destiny 2's The Final Shape expansion will add new Arc, Solar and Void supersAug 22, 2023 - PC GamerBungie just wrapped up a showcase in which it pulled the curtain back on The Final Shape, the concluding expansion in the saga that has been running since Destiny launched way back in 2014. Last week, game director Joe Blackburn was at pains to point out that this livestream was intended to appeal to as broad an audience as possible, but when you've got developers giddily dropping lines like: "The Witness wants to use the Pale Heart of The Traveller to enact the Final Shape", I think it's fair to say that there's still quite a lot to unpick, even for veteran players like me. Having watched the showcase, here's the stuff that stood out... Read more.Destiny 2 is scrapping its current seasonal model in favour of three 'episodes' per yearAug 22, 2023 - PC GamerBungie is making a big change to the way it tells stories in Destiny 2. The seasonal model the game has employed so far is being dropped in favor of "episodes," which will provide players with larger chunks of standalone storytelling that the studio says will deliver "a new, innovative way for players to engage with Destiny 2 throughout the year.".. Read more.Destiny 2: Season of the WitchAug 22, 2023 - Community AnnouncementsA Ritual Begins Eris Morn turns to the magic of the Hive to help the Guardians learn how the Witness entered the portal of the Traveler. To honor our end of the bargain, Guardians must siphon arcane powers. {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/35190912/2314ca939f94971fe40d6bdcba518d908d33252e.jpg Savathûn’s Spire Power up the Witch Queen’s Spire, defeat its foul custodians, and gain entry into the Altars of Summoning hidden deep within.    {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/35190912/9f38edbf9d1571ae9d3a4476fdd690927e16697e.jpg Altars of Summoning Present offerings in the Witch Queen's otherworldly prison to summon and defeat ghastly foes. Channel their power to Eris Morn for her Hive magic experiment. {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/35190912/071cee82c60e5bf02f0e775b112cbf3b794fc972.jpg Deck of Whispers Progress through the Season by earning cards and building a deck of selected rewards and enhancements. Craft a unique deck that’s tailored to your playstyle, and even stack card buffs with your fireteam!  {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/35190912/6c576a1c386c4b68ae899450d3c3970f1779ff5a.jpg Ex Diris Exotic Grenade Launcher The Season Pass instantly unlocks a Lucent Knight's most quintessential and unrelenting Grenade Launcher. Moths included. Add the Catalyst and Rank 100 ornament to unleash Amplified rage-filled destruction.  {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/35190912/d7d3684f9f87e104809137c54ddf42b7b913d579.jpg Exotic Armor Each new Exotic armor piece is imbued with ancient alchemy. Mothkeeper's Wraps turn your grenade a cage of moths that release on impact, protecting allies and debilitating foes. Pyrogale Guantlets slam your enemies with cyclones of Solar flame. Briarbinds make a Warlock’s Void Souls last longer and gain strength as they defeat targets.  {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/35190912/841f3b47e5aa39fdb050cdd629885566aa96a694.jpg Season Ornaments Sleight of hand, illusions, rituals. Whatever your brand of magic, dazzle your audience with style. These ornate ornaments are reserved for Hive magic masters. {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/35190912/27940d5310b1215fcc93b846c2c50786d42f1f23.jpg Crota’s End Raid Crota may have been banished from our world, but his threat remains. Travel to Earth's moon, enter the Hellmouth, and confront the Hive prince. This nostalgic Destiny 1 raid, resurrected and reprised for Season of the Witch, will feature a World First race and streaming event. Open to all players. {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/35190912/17e95a712e7dbf034d68303c548590a86562edcd.jpg Power-Up Your Progress Access more than 100 rewards, including XP boosts, Exotic engrams, upgrade materials, cosmetics, and more. {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/35190912/20d8cbea24d051b45fba84ea7f12aa49e8ee875b.jpg Exotic Missions and Weapons Battle through three reprised Exotic missions (Presage, Vox Obscura, and Operation: Seraph’s Shield) to earn craftable Exotic Weapons. Once your weapon pattern is complete, repeat the missions for more weapons and armo Story Catch-Up Need a refresher on the backstory or want to get up-to-speed? Three playable missions have you covered: Last Cal...Watch Destiny 2: The Final Shape showcase livestream hereAug 22, 2023 - VG247Though the timing may be awkward, considering the other major livestream taking place today, it's nonetheless time to see how Bungie plans to end Destiny 2's first arc with the reveal of The Final Shape. The Final Shape is the next Destiny 2 expansion, and we're going to learn all about it today on a livestream hosted by Bungie. The upcoming expansion will be the end of what Bungie has been calling The Light and Darkness Saga. Will Destiny 2 finally get a new enemy faction that isn't a re-skin? Tune in to find out! The Final Shape may also not itself be the name of Destiny 2's eighth expansion, so that's something that we're going to hear about today, too. Pre-orders typically go live following the stream, so we'll also be learning about pricing - and crucially, a release date. Read more Bungie's next title looks to mix fighting games, life sims, and "frog-type games"Aug 20, 2023 - VG247Bungie has shed a bit of light on one of its in development projects, which is apparently partially inspired by "frog-type games." Back in 2020, Destiny 2 developer Bungie posted some job listings pointing towards a more "lighthearted and whimsical" incubation project, but we haven't heard much about it since then. Bungie appears to be hiring for its incubation projects once again, providing a bit more detail on at least one of them. While nothing concrete was shared, the project mentioned on Twitter is described as a mish mash of some quite surprising genres. "One of our favourite incubation projects is a team-based action game inspired by several genres in a brand-new, science-fantasy universe," reads the tweet describing the game. "It draws inspiration from fighting games, platformers, MOBAs, life sims, and frog-type games, wrapped up in a lighthearted, comedic world." The original 2020 job listings also noted the game would also be comedic, so this is sounding like the same project. Read more This Week in Destiny - 08/17/2023Aug 17, 2023 - Community AnnouncementsWe’re excited to share an in-depth look at what’s ahead with The Final Shape and the next Season of planned festivities, but there’s no harm in sharing a little sneak peek, is there? From Twitch Drops to a quick glimpse at what’s next, let’s dig into the latest This Week In Destiny. But first, let’s recap what we chatted about in last week’s TWID: Welcoming Keith David to the Destiny 2 family. New Exotic Mission Rotator details. What’s coming up in Season 22 for abilities and armor. Age-gating changes on all Bungie services. Grandmaster Battleground: that's no moon. Destiny 2 Showcase reminder. Get your Witch Queen on with the PlayStation Plus Game Catalog. For this week, we’ll be diving into: Guardians for Maui - Support for Hawaii. A little Showcase teaser, as a treat. Twitch Drop it like it’s hot on August 22. Epic Moments trailer goodness and an added Season 22 surprise. A reminder of everything we’ve shared about Season 22 thus far. Season 22 Weapons Preview recap. Pick up your gear! Increased reputation gains all week. Regional pricing update. Player Support report. #Destiny2AOTW and #Destiny2MOTW picks. Full blog post here.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.