“It’s clear that we’ve made some mistakes.”
Following fan outcry, Bungie has announced that it will change certain decisions that lock Destiny 2 players out of certain content if they don’t own the new Curse of Osiris expansion.
In a blog post, Bungie admits that it’s “clear that we’ve made some mistakes” with its handling of content access, and promises that these issues will be fixed in a patch scheduled to go live today, December 12.
The Curse of Osiris expansion raised the power levels required for Prestige activities from 300 to 330, locking out players who haven’t bought the cap-raising expansion pack. Bungie’s reasoning is that it wanted its activities to “remain relevant to players as they grow more powerful”, referencing a common complaint from the first game that early activities like the Vault of Glass lost relevance as players advanced. The idea behind raising the power cap was to ensure that Normal Raids and Nightfalls would remain accessible, but Prestige would always provide a challenge, and would therefore require players to be up-to-date with the latest expansions.
Bungie acknowledges that fans aren’t happy with the way it’s handled the situation, saying it was a “mistake to move [the Prestige Raid] out of reach”. It also says that developers “overlooked” the fact that removing Prestige access would also lock access to tied-in Trophies and Achievements, which it calls an “unacceptable lapse”.
Bungie has worked a hotfix into today’s scheduled maintenance which will resolve the problem by dropping the power cap for the Prestige Leviathan Raid back to 300 (with rewards changing to match the new power level), which will allow players access to “The Prestige”Trophy/Achievement. Trials of the Nine will remain accessible to all players, although Curse of Osiris maps will be locked to owners of the expansion; seasonal rewards that launched with the DLC will likewise be locked.
The Prestige Nightfall remains at the 330 power cap and is still locked behind the expansion, but is no longer required for “The Prestige” Trophy/Achievement. Bungie is “investigating” a new third difficulty tier which will allow base players to access Prestige activities but also provide a fresh challenge for advancing players. The Normal Nightfall will, like Trials, remain open to all players except when featuring a Curse of Osiris map.
Iron Banner, Faction Rally and The Dawning will remain open to all players, although December 12’s Faction Rally is postponed while Bungie applies these fixes.
Speaking of that weapon, Bungie has also announced that it’s nerfing the Prometheus Lens, warning that as an “emergency fix”, it will now be “way too weak”, with a permanent, more balanced fix to follow in January.
As ‘Laser Tag’ weekend comes to a close, we’re making good on our promise to address the fact that Prometheus Lens is way too powerful. Sure it’s fun, but it breaks the Crucible for anyone who wants to use a different weapon. (1/1)
— Bungie (@Bungie) December 11, 2017
Given the short window we had to make an emergency fix, it will be adjusted to be way too weak. In January, this new Exotic will receive a proper, play-tested design pass. (2/2)
— Bungie (@Bungie) December 11, 2017
Destiny 2 will be down for scheduled maintenance today, December 12, which will also apply these fixes; maintenance will run from 8am PT / 11am ET / 4pm GMT / 3am (December 13) AEDT until 2pm PT / 5pm ET / 10pm GMT / 9am (December 13) AEDT.
For more on the expansion that’s caused all the trouble, take a look at our Curse of Osiris review.
Matt Davidson is a freelance writer for IGN. Follow him on Twitter if you like.