A lot has happened in the world of Destiny 2. Controversy broke out over a misrepresented XP-scaling function in the game, meant to reward players for taking on more time-intensive challenges. The in-game UI didn’t indicate the actual numbers though, and Destiny fans were not having it. Bungie cancelled a DLC-promoting livestream in response and released a huge blueprint for the near future of Destiny 2 instead. Meanwhile, Bungie separately announced new cross-functionality for the game with Amazon’ Alexa service.
The plan, called The State of Destiny 2, can be accessed on Bungie’s official website. Most importantly, it addresses the XP controversy. Bungie has turned everything off for now, meaning XP gain is accurate, but unbalanced compared to what was in place before. The dev promises to monitor and adjust XP allowances as players continue to play, but this time with more transparent implementation and visual cues.
Otherwise, the piece lays out most plans for Destiny 2 going through December to early next year. This includes new features, rewards, bug-fixes and a lot more. Bungie says its goal is for players to want to play Destiny 2 as its own hobby, and intends to service the game to meet that goal.
Meanwhile, a strange cross-promotion between Destiny 2 and Amazon Alexa is also being launched. The in-game Ghost now has a range of unique skills that will let the game interface with Amazon Alexa devices, such as the ability to ask more about Destiny lore or seek out recommendations for the next thing to do based on a player’s individual progression. These new features are free (obviously requiring an Alexa device), but an Alexa-powered Ghost device will also be on sale on December 19 for $89.99.