‘Destiny 2’ Has Broken Playercount Records And Community Morale With ‘Lightfall’

It was the perfect of occasions, it was the worst of occasions. Future 2 has simply launched its latest Lightfall enlargement this week, which on launch day, managed to interrupt the sport’s all-time concurrent Steam report, regardless of the actual fact we’re 5 years into this reside service sequel. It’s spectacular, and speaks extremely of how a lot hype there was for Lightfall heading into launch.

And but I’ve by no means seen a group begin tearing aside a brand new piece of content material so rapidly. And that is Future, the place complaining is just about the sport’s nationwide pastime, although it’s a lot worse than regular. Whereas sure, it’s reddit, filled with thread after thread of negativity, it’s additionally Twitter, throughout content material creators and within the replies to official accounts. It’s on Steam, the place regardless of these report numbers, Lightfall person evaluations are skewing “principally unfavourable” close to launch right here.

I posted my very own listing of positives and negatives about Lightfall yesterday, however moderately than simply my very own views, I wish to zoom out and seize why everyone seems to be so mad and/or disillusioned. Is that this a bit of an overreaction? In all probability. Does Lightfall have many actual, very massive points? Completely. Right here’s what gamers are upset about:

  • The marketing campaign’s story pales compared to final yr’s The Witch Queen in a lot of methods, particularly speeding into giving us two model new Cloud Strider characters with out primarily any introduction or rationalization (Cloud Strider historical past and lore and extra historical past from Nimbus and Rohan really comes later within the marketing campaign).
  • Nimbus specifically is a personality who has drawn explicit ire, as their carefree perspective and fixed quips are paying homage to an ‘80s surfer, which appears misplaced given the supposed gravity of the story at hand.
  • Strand is woven into the plot to such a level, it really works to the story’s detriment. Whereas Bungie stated they needed Strand to be a bigger focus within the narrative, that really comes throughout like a unfavourable, as monumental chunks of the story are dedicated to Strand alone, together with missions which might be simply literal “coaching workouts.” Not precisely riveting content material.

  • Lightfall’s marketing campaign macguffin, “The Veil” has already turn into a meme. (spoilers comply with) We are supposed to discover The Veil and defend The Veil and The Veil appears to be a key thriller holding collectively all the marketing campaign. However after getting by way of hours of marketing campaign missions to find the reality we get…nothing. The Veil isn’t defined, because it’s just a few type of bioluminescent construction that serves as the ultimate boss area. Making an attempt to determine what The Veil is continues after the marketing campaign is, and no solutions look like on the close to horizon.
  • The ending the place the Traveler is supposedly “killed” is complicated and abrupt. NPCs speak concerning the Traveler’s loss of life in a single second then within the subsequent say we don’t really know what The Witness did to the Traveler after reducing a triangle portal into it, however all of us nonetheless have our mild. It’s deeply bizarre.
  • Strand itself has landed awkwardly. Whereas cooldowns are low within the marketing campaign, they dramatically enhance within the reside model of the subclass afterward, and this fantasy about zipping in all places does probably not work when you’ve gotten a base cooldown of 1:45 on the grapple, and should bend over backwards for a construct that makes it really feel just like the cooldown is remotely close to the place it ought to be.
  • Usually talking, outdoors of some rarities (Stareater Strand Hunter), Strand appears a bit underpowered at launch, which is on show within the Legendary Marketing campaign the place even with low cooldowns it might probably’t compete with most mild 3.0 subclasses.
  • Neomuna is an odd playable house and feels completely different than what Bungie promised about zipping throughout the rooftops (there’s actually nothing attention-grabbing even on the rooftops) and it’s not very vertical in any respect.
  • All the seasonal and enlargement weapons outdoors of the raid are both reprised or reskinned weapons.
  • The brand new armor cost system, which mixes elemental wells and charged with mild builds, shouldn’t be going over effectively. Most of the most attention-grabbing mods have been erased or closely nerfed, and it looks like a much less attention-grabbing, much less enjoyable model of the system we simply had final week, even when the brand new mod utility display is sweet.
  • Guardian Ranks really feel pointless proper now as in all places you look, everyone seems to be degree 6, whether or not you’ve gotten 50 hours into the sport or 5,000. I’m undecided the way it works as an onboarding system, because it simply looks like modified triumphs, and it doesn’t actually appear to replicate veteran’s time spent proper now, as many facets should be re-grinded each season and practically everybody begins on the identical degree, no matter their historical past.
  • The brand new commendation system is a good suggestion in concept however in apply everybody simply tries to spam no matter they will earlier than individuals depart to allow them to get a pinnacle drop hooked up to giving out 20 commendations every week.
  • Strand fragments are each timegated and have to be repurchased on all three characters utilizing slowly-farmed Strand foreign money. And the brand new marketing campaign skip function to unlock Strand immediately is $20 per character.
  • The brand new strikes which have been up to date at the moment are slogs with pressured slowness by way of escorting payloads and disabling sparrows.
  • Barely something has been added to Crucible in any respect outdoors of the brand new Strand sandbox. After all nothing was added to Gambit. Bungie appears to have forgotten to make new core playlist armor this yr as effectively.

Is that every part? In all probability not, but it surely’s the majority of it, and a number of this does appear avoidable. A lot of it isn’t fixable, nevertheless, as you solely get one likelihood to do a marketing campaign proper, and they didn’t get it proper right here. Extra to come back, however this launch is unquestionably missing, and we’ll see how Bungie responds quickly sufficient, I suppose.

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