Free-to-play on-line MMO looter shooter Destiny 2launched in 2017, is one in every of my favourite video video games. I play it on a regular basis. I’ve a number of characters. I personal all of the latest seasons. It’s unbelievable. But I’d be mendacity if I mentioned I wasn’t involved for the sport’s future, as with every passing season, it appears to grow to be extra liable to breaking. In reality, as I write this very paragraph at round 4:00 pm on January 24, the sport stays offline as Bungie continues to research the newest downside. Meanwhile, many gamers are hoping for a brand-new engine and sport, possible within the type of Destiny 3. But issues are by no means that straightforward.
Earlier immediately, Destiny 2 was taken offline throughout all platforms as Bungie investigated gamers dropping progress on triumphs and seals, which function like in-game achievements and challenges. It’s not the tip of the world, positive, however simply final week a number of gamers reported dropping their characters together with all their progress and gadgets. And earlier than that, it was a brand new mission not updating correctly for gamers. And earlier than that it was one thing else. In 2023, after years of updates, expansions, and extra, it looks like Destiny 2 is beginning to buckle underneath its personal weight.
Taking a peek at Bungie’s official help account on Twitter—which regularly updates incessantly to let gamers find out about upcoming patches, server points, and different important information about Destiny 2—you will discover plenty of tweets that quantity to Bungie going “Welp, this is not working. We are attempting to repair it. More information later.” Online video games not working on daily basis is not new and it is not an issue unique to Destiny 2. But it’s beginning to grow to be a extra prevalent concern with the ageing shooter. Looking at that help account, plenty of the tweets about bugs or damaged missions haven’t got weeks between them, however just some days or much less.
Anecdotally, my time taking part in Destiny 2 these days has been buggier than ever. This new season introduced with it each cool new heist missions and peculiar lag that I’ve by no means seen earlier than. I nonetheless run into the issue of the sport not counting each PvP match, making us play extra to complete challenges and weekly quests. And I’ve simply accepted that in-game bounties tied to kills, missions, or different actions will not at all times replace as they need to. In reality, the extra I give it some thought, the extra I notice that I and different gamers I do know have simply gotten used to Destiny 2 not being dependable. And it appears to be getting worse, not higher, as the sport expands and provides extra layers and methods.
Look on-line and you will shortly see gamers suggesting that Bungie wants to maneuver on to a theoretical Destiny 3, a sport that can possible occur—and is perhaps in growth already—however which has not been confirmed. During immediately’s prolonged downtime, Destiny 3 was trending on Twitter as gamers argued over the shooter’s future and stability. For some, the thought of a brand new engine and contemporary slate felt promising, giving hope it will resolve lots of Destiny 2′s issues. Others identified that a brand-new sport is not straightforward to make or easy to launch, and would possible be lacking options or content material at launch. Plus, there is no assure it will repair the entire rising issues.
Personally, I feel a brand new Destiny would possible be a great transfer to finally make. It may permit the devs to make one thing extra versatile and in a position to deal with the kind of occasions they’ve spent years crafting and perfecting. But I additionally am not naive sufficient to imagine it will repair all the things or be straightforward to create. Still, I get the frustration gamers are feeling Destiny 2 stays constantly inconsistent.
Like an previous PC or blender, Destiny 2 largely works, nevertheless it’s lined in duct tape, dents, and grime. And occasionally you must kick it or mess with the twine to get it to begin. Sure, it nonetheless rumbles to life for now, however you may most likely want to interchange it in the future. And with Destiny 2I get the sensation Bungie will likely be slapping on the tape for so long as it takes Destiny 2 to outlive by means of the tip of its deliberate roadmap, which can possible see the ultimate season arriving in 2024. Past that, nicely, I do not know. Hopefully by then, the sport will at the very least really feel extra secure and dependable, not worse.