What the hell is happening in Future 2? Is a query I ask myself just about each time I soar again into Bungie’s space-wizard journey. A lot has occurred since I final performed full-time, and worse, a lot is locked to the annals of historical past – seasonal content material that’ll by no means return to Future 2. However that impermanence could also be about to finish. To cease of us lacking out in future, Future this week introduced plans to maintain seasonal occasions round year-round as soon as 12 months Four rolls round this Autumn.
Future 2’s seasonal mannequin was an effective way to make issues really feel extra alive. Time was, you’d beat the principle story or growth, and the world would sit static – forcing you to mill round till the following large replace. However whereas meant to create a way of the world evolving over time, Bungie’s Luke Smith admitted that Future 2’s seasons had began creating an excessive amount of FOMO – widespread disappointment from gamers who felt cheated out of “ephemeral non-public actions and rewards that go away”.
On this week’s This Week At Bungie, the devs introduced their plans to repair that FOMO. Starting with Season 12 this Autumn, seasonal actions will, by and huge, be accessible to revisit by way of all the 12 months, hoping to create significant methods to expertise Future’s story with out having to be logged on all of the rattling time.
Utilizing Season of Daybreak for instance, quests like Saving Saint-14 and Unique-specific missions would not be eliminated on the finish of the season. To avoid wasting from litter, occasion sources and actions that rely closely on them will probably be shuttered – assume Daybreak’s Obelisk actions and the Fractaline forex. Ideally, what this implies is that you just’re at all times going to have entry to Future 2’s story beats, with out being totally swamped in event-specific objects and coinage.
“In 12 months 4, we’re going to construct a greater interconnected narrative and, extra importantly, let gamers be part of that narrative regardless of after they enter the present 12 months. This implies when you begin taking part in in March 2021, you could possibly return and expertise the Season 12 and Season 13 narrative content material. We wish our tales to really feel extra cohesive, movement with significant momentum Season over Season, and result in an thrilling climax every year.”
Elsewhere within the publish, Bungie admit that the entire bounty scenario may’ve gotten somewhat outta hand. Design lead Tyson Inexperienced notes that, because the go-to exercise for restricted occasions, they’re changing into considered as “necessary chores” by gamers, moderately than the non-obligatory XP enhance they’re supposedly supposed for. The group have a number of ideas on the best way to clean these out, adjusting the function bounties play in future occasions and changing weeklies with account-wide, “non-expiring” targets.
Sadly, these adjustments gained’t have an effect on the present Guardian Video games occasion, with what ought to be an exhilarating month of sci-fi spacelympics made all too bland by focussing its actions on bounties.
“No half will “take a look at your expertise” or allow you to “show that your class reigns supreme” by demonstrating your prowess,” lamented resident Future buff Alice O. “It’s a grinding contest. Future already places too many rewards behind bounties moderately than actions, nudging us to spend time travelling round to collect bounties we’ll have to play in particular methods to finish. Checklists aren’t enjoyable.”
Perhaps Titans discover them enjoyable, at the least. Apparently, these beefy house knights are at present wrecking store within the Guardian Video games.