If there is a gaming development company with built-in respect from the fanbase, it is Bungie. Bungie is the dev team behind the historic ‘Halo’ franchise and their work with Master Chief has become iconic and almost untouchable. Still, that hasn’t stopped Bungie from absolutely testing the patience of fans playing their new title, ‘Destiny 2’. The original Destiny game was released for consoles almost three years ago. It featured an amazing FPS system that was integrated with an almost RPG-like progression system. While the game certainly had its troubles and a fair share of detractors, fans still got in line for Destiny 2. Now, almost three years later, it seems like fans are at the limits of their patience. The reason? Bungie is bungling the core experience of the game: earning exp.
It was revealed almost a week ago that Bungie was rigging the player XP system. This came to light during the ‘Clarion Call’ event which supposedly gave bonus experience points to people playing the game during the specific time frame. Players were immediately wary of how slow their EXP bars seemed to fill and further analysis by a team of Reddit sleuths revealed that Bungie was, in fact, throttling EXP rates while still convincing players that they were actually earning their experience points. The response was immediate and the backlash was severe, with many fans of the title immediately calling out Bungie for being distrustful and exploiting their time.
Bungie didn’t even deny what they were doing, admitting to throttling the EXP almost immediately. To ‘calm fans down’ Bungie reset the EXP system back to normal before changing how much experience you needed to level up, doubling from 80K EXP to 160K EXP. Needless to say, fans were not especially happy. Still, Bungie is moving forward with their free trial and fans are probably going to keep playing. The free trial launches on November 28th and it remains to be seen how many players will actually be turned off by Bungie’s lack of transparency.