Although Bungie initially planned to host a livestream focused on the new gear in Destiny 2: Curse of Osiris, the developer has decided to change things up. The livestream has been canceled and in its place, Bungie will release a blog post detailing “high priority information.”
The livestream cancellation is sure to take the community by surprise but is arguably the right move for Bungie right now. After two livestreams failed to impress and Bungie confirmed an XP cooldown was in the game (it has since been removed), the developer has found itself in hot water, and a stream focused on “selling” its upcoming DLC was unlikely to be met with any positivity.
There was a lot of hope surrounding these livestreams, but players soon found that Bungie chose to use them as a platform to reveal new content and avoid talking about improvements and updates. And with only one stream left, Bungie faced a lose-lose situation, even though director Luke Smith said he would discuss improvements in a separate post.
Instead, Bungie will now presumably address the feedback it has received since Destiny 2’s launch in a more direct matter. We shared a list of features we would like to see improved earlier today, but there is a laundry list of small changes that would go a long way towards improving Destiny 2’s quality of life.
Chief among players’ concerns is the state of the endgame in Destiny 2, which doesn’t feel rewarding and implements systems that are limiting and confusing. It also didn’t help that one of the Curse of Osiris streams claimed to highlight how rewarding the new DLC is and instead players only received two tokens and one rare gear piece after completing a new Public Event.
It may have taken Destiny 1 some time to find a balance between rewarding players and keeping them interested in the content, but Destiny 2 does feel like a step backward in several ways. What should have been an experience built on the foundation and lessons learned in Year 3 was instead a reinvention of the series that had its own problems and missteps. Now Bungie faces a vocal community that has grown frustrated and is looking for details on how things will get better. Tomorrow is a pivotal moment for Destiny 2 in the eyes of its dedicated fans, and Bungie is well aware how much rides on this blog post.
Destiny 2: Curse of Osiris releases September 5, 2017 for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.