Bungie runs a mostly weekly This Week at Bungie news release/blog post on their official site. It's been off for the holidays since December 14th but it mostly occurs every Thursday otherwise. In this blog post they typically discuss the present state of the game, link to community videos, and/or provide some insight on planned updates. Well, lately the state of Destiny 2 has been desperate. The sequel has alienated a shockingly large part of the dedicated fanbase from the original and the active playing numbers are dreadful, as you can see here and here. The Destiny forums on Reddit and the official site are rife with disappointment, angst, and salt against a game that has took the winning formula from Destiny 1 and introduced all kinds of game changing alterations to make the experience more shallow, and worse on the whole. While I still contend that the core game is a worthwhile experience for a single play through, the latest DLC adds nothing and the trajectory of the franchise hangs in the balance. The game desperately needs a shift in direction, and all hints point to tomorrow's This Week at Bungie (TWaB) as one that will either finally save this game, or perhaps put the final nail in its coffin.
First off we have a response on the official forums from a community manager on a salty post assuming an expectation for more disappointment in this latest TWaB. It reads: "We have quite a bit of info to go over on Thursday. We've been listening to feedback over the last month and a half, and we're excited to share what will be done to address it." The We've been listening... might as well be it's own meme at this point because the team at Bungie always seem to reuse that line regardless of how far they've gone off the mark or whether to not their response actually seems to identify an understanding of the situation. But it opens up tomorrow's discussion that there is "quite a bit of info" and that it will be time to "share what will be done to address it."
In addition to that nugget, we have Game Director Christopher Barrett confirming via Twitter content that was in Destiny 1 (specifically collectibles like dead Ghosts) will be returning, but clarified that it would be in future expansions.
To be clear, we are adding more collectibles and hidden secrets to future expansions. https://t.co/Syk0CmIWwT— Christopher Barrett (@cgbarrett) January 10, 2018
So does that mean that content stripped form the original will only be available by throwing in more good money after bad on a game that has disappointed thus far on many levels? Hopefully tomorrow goes a long way to explaining that.
For me, there are three things that must be addressed for tomorrow's TWaB to be a success.
What will go down tomorrow, who knows? Bungie claims they've been listening, well now we are doing the same. I hope they knock our socks off with the announcement as to what they actually heard.