By John Miller
Saturday the 25th of November, 2017
Yeah LOL we rigged it. We gud boys now, honest.
Bungie hardly seems in panic mode right now, after gamers discovered just how RIGGED the Destiny 2 XP System has been all along. The profit merchants at pay-to-play central have been caught in the act by autistic players comparing notes on Reddit, and figuring out precisely what was going on.
The company then performed a mea culpa, and announced it was changing how Destiny 2 will handle experience points going forwards. Essentially they need to figure out a way to screw the players with DLC and pay-for-play, because the old system was too obvious.
With LOOTGATE there is a growing consensus amongst players that not only Destiny 2, but the entire online gaming industry is rotten, and rigged to addict gamers into a pay-to-play future.
In the case of Destiny 2 after levelling to the soft-level cap of 20, you progress to advancement by loot crates, and why grind for them when you can just buy those Bright Engram loot crates from Bungie, kids?
During the Destiny 2 Clarion Call event bonus XP was given to players when they were joined by at least one of their clanmates, but after the event many players noticed the longer they played the slower they’d progress despite repeating the same activities. EnergiserX is credited with the analysis on Reddit that blew LOOTGATE apart, and Bungie has now had to suspend its XP throttling system, after universal outrage.
As a result, players will see XP earn rates change for all activities across the board, but with all values being displayed consistently in the user interface.
This is of course all to do with the way XP is tied in with Destiny 2’s Eververse microtransaction hub. Bungie wants players to feel like they’re making progress more slowly in order to encourage them to spend money on Bright Engram loot crates.
If players can simply grind public events over and over for XP, they’ll eventually get so many Bright Engrams that they’ll run out of cosmetic items to chase.
LOOTGATE combined with a weak promotional stream for the upcoming Curse of Osiris expansion has only added to the general dissatisfaction amongst gamers with Destiny 2, and two months after launch game director Christopher Barrett is in the hot seat, as gamers decide whether or not to stick with the franchise that has treated them lately with utter contempt.
Full disclosure: John Miller’s IRL name is Frank Faulkner. I’m an Aussie and when I’m not obsessing about Conservative politics or defending Trump I also enjoy various sports and Christian activities.