Bungie deletes hidden XP progression from Destiny 2 after complaints

After a handful of Destiny 2 players discovered that they were given their experience points in an unusual way after reaching Level 20, a hidden XP system from Bungie was soon uncovered. This secret cooldown swallowed up to 95% of all points when acquired in short sequences. After some radio silence, Bungie admitted to such a system existing in the game, and now immediately removed this obstacle from Destiny 2.

In an official statement, Bungie lets us know exactly what was happening under the hood. It is immediately added that the development studio (like many players) was not satisfied with the resulting results, so the whole system was quickly thrown out of the formula:

Currently, XP will scale up when playing longer or fixed duration activities like Crucible competitive multiplayer matches and the Leviathan Raid, and XP will scale down when playing activities that can be quickly, repeatedly chained, like grinding Public Events. We are not happy with the results, and we’ve heard the same from the community.

Effective immediately, we are deactivating this system.

Listening to your player base on time is an important factor for many developers and publishers in these weeks. The upheaval that Electronic Arts brought to the surface proves to have long-term and unpleasant consequences not only for image, but also direct sales figures. Bungie appears to have learned quickly from this, and wants to prove to be in the  community shortly.

For now, Destiny 2 remains free of the system Bungie mentioned. They will keep a close eye on the impact of this on the game world and its loyal residents.

  • November 27, 2017
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