Bungie Responds to Destiny 2 End Game Lockouts

Shortly after the Curse of Osiris expansion released, players found out that Destiny 2 end game activities were no longer available to them unless they bought in. Bungie has now addressed the matter in a blog post with some planned changes to alleviate the matter in the short-term.

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According to the post, the intention of the end game Power shift was to keep the content relevant, something which didn’t happen with Destiny 1 in particular and the Vault of Glass in specific. That said, the devs admit that they got it wrong.

As a result, a hotfix will be deployed that will bring the Prestige Leviathan raid back down to Power 300, while activities such as Nightfall and Trials of the Nine will be unavailable to base game players if the activity in question features a map from Curse of Osiris. These activities will be otherwise open to everyone all other weeks.

Additionally, limited-time activities such as Faction Rallies and Iron Banner will be open to every player and will not require Osiris to participate.

All of these fixes are expected to be launched today after scheduled maintenance. Moving forward, the devs will be looking into adding a third tier of difficulty to Prestige activities in order to provide a relevant challenge to expansion content buyers while still offering a playable option for base game players.

Our Thoughts

The hotfix will certainly make base game players happy while the third tier of difficulty could make everyone else happy. This is what you call a win-win. While it’s unfortunate that Bungie got it wrong initially, what matters now is that they’re willing to take steps to make it right and for that we commend their efforts.

Source: Bungie website

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High-Level Destiny 2 Base Game Content Gated by Curse of Osiris

Have you picked up the Curse of Osiris content expansion? No? Well then you’re probably going to see a few walls thrown up between you and some Destiny 2 high-level content in the base game. With the expansion’s new rise in character and Power levels comes some new limits on what players of the standard release can do at cap.

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As mentioned before, Curse of Osiris has seen the Power level cap rise to 330. Because of this, the Prestige Nightfall Strikes and Prestige version of Leviathan have also seen their Power levels rise to the new cap.

These adjustments have effectively stonewalled base game players who are limited to a cap of 305 Power. These players can no longer enter the previously available content and are even seeing a prompt stating purchase of the expansion is required.

In addition, the Curse of Osiris expansion brought back the Heroic Strikes Playlist feature. However, this part of the endgame also requires players to own Curse of Osiris despite its minimum Power requirement sitting at 270.

Our Thoughts

While we know that diehards of Destiny 2 probably already knew this would happen (especially since Bungie did the exact same thing with The Dark Below), players who are new to the series being told that they have to spend an extra $20 to access game features is most definitely not a good look. And we’re certain there are new players to Destiny 2 since it’s the first time the series has arrived to PC.

Source: Kotaku

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Destiny 2’s Next Curse of Osiris Stream is All About Mercury

Mercury is the planet closest to the sun in our solar system. It also is the smallest, with a mean radius of 0.3829 Earths. It will also be host to a bunch of neat adventures and events according to the next Destiny 2 livestream leading up to the Curse of Osiris release.

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The second of three such streams offering a closer look at Curse of Osiris’ features, this next broadcast is going to focus entirely on what players can do while on the surface of Mercury. The stream will provide a closer look at the Infinite Forest that was briefly peered into during the first livestream, along with a look at the new “bespoke” public event unique to the planet’s surface.

Fans can tune in this coming Tuesday, November 21st at 11am PST to see what’s next on the surface of Mercury that doesn’t involve being vaporized by the heat of the sun or several Vex plasma shots. There’s also a trailer about the broadcast which can be seen below.

Our Thoughts

Considering the first Osiris stream packed in a whole lot of information in an hour-long runtime, we’re expecting this one to carry a fair few revelations as well. That said, one has to wonder just how divergent things in the Mercury patrol area really will be if its content is similar to other planetary areas…

Source: press release

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Bungie Reveals New Destiny 2: Curse of Osiris Details in Livestream

Bungie held its first Curse of Osiris livestream last night and, as one would expect, it was loaded with lots of new information for Destiny 2 fans, including a look at the new social hub, the new patrol zone of Mercury, and details about upcoming raid content for the expansion.

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The first part of the stream was all about the narrative for Curse of Osiris and some of the things players can expect to see and learn. The story of Curse of Osiris takes place a few months after the end of the Red War, where it was explained that the Traveler’s awakening accidentally helped set a Vex plan in motion on the planet. It was also hinted that we’ll learn the motivations of Osiris as well as the greater plan of the Vex.

Part of that plan is linked to the Infinite Forest, an immense simulation machine built into the hollowed core of the planet Mercury itself. Within the Forest, the Vex can simulate any number of outcomes past, present, and future, including a “dark future” where there’s no light or darkness and the Vex have taken over everything. The Dark Forest area itself will randomly change every time players step in, but will not be a procedurally generated instance, with hand-designed parts of the level that phase in to create a different experience every time a mission takes you there.

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The Lighthouse will serve as the new social hub, which Brother Vance has opened to all. As a result, he will be the primary NPC for the Mercury zone and will offer reputation Engrams with a Power level of 304 to start. The Lighthouse also features a unique weapon forge linked to several different weapons that players can create. Each weapon is associated with a unique quest available post-campaign, though no other details where offered beyond that.

As for Mercury itself, it will have the expected things one would find in any open world zone in Destiny 2, including Patrols, Adventures, Lost Sectors, and public events. One such event was described as a “bespoke” event built specifically to take advantage of the Mercury zone and was said to be “the largest public event to date”. Lost Sectors will also be hidden from the map during the expansion’s campaign, but can still be found if you explore and will be visible on the zone map once the Osiris campaign is finished.

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The stream closed out with additional information about the new end game content arriving with Osiris. Of particular note, the Heroic Strikes Playlist will be making a comeback and appears to be the best bridge between current endgame activities and the raids, as the Playlist’s recommended Power level is 270.

As for raids themselves, Curse of Osiris will be introducing a new Raid Lair which takes place on another level of the Leviathan world-eater ship. This new raid was explained as being shorter than the regular raid but still offering a similar level of challenge, with puzzles, traps, and a boss fight at the end to look forward to. Naturally, the Raid Lair will have lots of new gear to collect. As for the Leviathan raid currently available, that will see its Power level and rewards raised as well in order to keep it relevant.

Beyond the new Raid Lair, the devs are planning on having Guided Games for both Leviathan and the new raid, and will have a Prestige version of the Raid Lair later. There will also be a second Raid Lair, but that will arrive with Expansion 2, due sometime in the Spring of 2018.

Our Thoughts

That is a lot to look forward to! It would appear that the devs are paying heed to the oft-parroted criticism of how Destiny 2 has nothing to do at end game, with a second raid, a rise of the Leviathan raid, and whatever these new quests are that let you forge these new weapons. Whether those sound like fun or another series of annoying grinds, though, is pretty dependent on one’s enjoyment of Destiny 2 overall, perhaps.

Source: Twitch

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Additional Destiny 2: Curse of Osiris Details Revealed

Yesterday we had the official announcement, but today we get a bit more. New Curse of Osiris details have been brought to light, with some more nuggets on character and Power level caps, story content, and game content.

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Once Curse of Osiris launches, players will be able to climb up to a new character level cap of 25 and a Power level cap of 330. The new expansion will bring new Adventures, a new Strike, and more raid content to the game with Mercury’s arrival.

Story-wise, there aren’t many surprises here, as Ikora Rey’s mentor Osiris will be a prominent fixture in the plot. Players will also be introduced to other NPCs such as the ghost of Osiris, Sagira, and Brother Vance, the Trials of Osiris representative from Destiny 1. Players can also expect a lot of backstory regarding the Vex, particularly in the Infinite Forest, which is described as a Vex-created simulated reality.

Players will also get access to the Lighthouse social space, which was originally only available to those who achieved a flawless victory during the Trials of Osiris. PlayStation 4 players are also getting an exclusive multiplayer map known as Wormhaven. When this map will open to everyone else was not detailed.

Fans can expect more information about Curse of Osiris from Bungie during a series of planned livestreams through the month of November. Until then, it has been officially confirmed that the December 5th release date is universal across all platforms.

Our Thoughts

Well, there we have it: further information about Curse of Osiris. As we anticipated, most of the expansion will simply add on to what Destiny 2 already offers, though perhaps we’ll see or hear about some shake-up of things once the livestreams for the expansion begin.

Source: VG247

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Destiny 2: Curse of Osiris Gets a Release Date

It’s Paris Games Week right now, and PlayStation’s lineup has been chock-full of intriguing single-player games. One multiplayer announcement, however, has risen to the top of the heap for many: the Curse of Osiris release date for Destiny 2.

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A new trailer released by Bungie shows your Guardian being sent to Mercury to stop a plot by the Vex, a race of transdimensional robotic beings. While the details on just what this threat involves are expectantly vague, the teaser site portends some manner of dark future.

The story will focus on the Warlock Ikora Rey and her mentor, the titular Osiris. Other features of the upcoming expansion are still in the air right now, but gameplay in a region known as the Infinite Forest is promised, along with a selection of themed weapons, armor, and gear – all details that were part of a Microsoft Store posting last month.

What is firmly known is the expansion’s release date: Tuesday, December 5th, which appears to be the launch date for all platforms. You can check out the teaser trailer for Curse of Osiris below.

Our Thoughts

Yay, new planet and story to experience! Of course information is up in the air right now, but it’s good to have firm confirmation of what was found before. We’re obviously looking forward to hearing more about the first major content update to Destiny 2 as we near the month of December.

Sources: YouTube, official site

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