Bungie announces plans to remedy Destiny 2's loot box system

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Bungie needs to win back a lot of the Destiny 2 community, and they are hoping that this massive, well-detailed update is the first step in establishing a more transparent and stable relationship with the players, who want to feel heard and respected.

Today, game director Christopher Barrett outlined Bungie's plans for Destiny 2 for the full year in a post on the developer's website.

In, Destiny developer Bungie is promising to rebalance Destiny 2's microtransaction and raids systems to give players more satisfying rewards that are less dependent on luck. But perhaps none are quite as important as the planned alterations to the game's loot box system, called Eververse, which lets players pay money for slot machine-style "engrams" that randomly contain coveted cosmetic items. That is in light of controversy over the amount of experience gained.

There are probably too many plans and updates to enumerate, so if you want to read them all, you're best off just hitting this ol' Internet hotlink here and poring through it. We are aiming for a February release, but the scope of the rework could push parts or all of it out to early spring.

Items now only found in Eververse (Ghosts, Sparrows, Ships) will be awarded in other activities, there will be a new "gameplay path" to Eververse engrams and items, and more ways to directly purchase them.

Bungie has stated it has shifted the balance in favour of more desirable rewards such as Ghosts, Sparrows and Ships instead of repeating shaders and little else. In this event, players must complete certain milestones in order to get some rewards like a Legendary emote, a new Exotic Sparrow, and a weapon skin. During Crimson Days, leveling up will award both a Bright Engram and a Crimson Engram, each of which is strongly weighted to drop non-duplicate rewards. "We also have plans for Clan and Community High Scores in the works".

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Over the next year, Bungie will be bringing more updates to the game and have offered a roadmap that offers general details on their upcoming expansions.

Work is underway on a full rework of armor and weapon mods. This includes Raid-specific perks, and ensuring that a Raid item drops from each major encounter. We don't believe just adding more space is a complete solution and are actively working on other changes to reduce load on your vault space.

Ranked play for Destiny 2 has finally been given a launch window.

PC Clan Chat: In addition to the Tower chat that is targeted for February, we are adding clan chat to the PC version of the game.

To be fair to Bungie, they have fixed some of the issues fairly promptly.

Game director Christopher Barrett detailed a very specific road map of upcoming features in the blog post, which also highlighted a number of points that touched upon several annoyances that numerous hardcore players had.

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