The Witch Queen expansion of Destiny 2 will be revealed to the world on August 24, but before that game assistant director Joe Blackburn shared some thoughts on the game's PvP mode in a long thread on Twitter. Blackburn said the team has put a lot of work into "developing Crucible's current experience" and promised that changes will continue next season, including the renewal of Osiris' test mode.
While Blackburn does not directly address the widespread PvP community feeling of Destiny 2 that the mode has been severely neglected, it is clear from the detail in which it is dedicated and the topics with which it discusses which audience it is speaking to. If the promises made in this thread (some of which are quite far apart) will be enough to mitigate players who have not received a new map count, 674 days, is another topic.
"We need to keep up to date when revitalizing pvp activities and keeping game goals fresh," Blackburn said. he tweeted. "This is not something we will ever do. But we know we also have room to grow when it comes to new maps and fashions."
The consistency and predictable cadence of new maps and modes is Bungie's "ultimate goal", but it's a bigger job than it could appear from the outside, and Blackburn warned that it could be a while before players start. to see concrete results. For starters, the developers are retrieving two vaulted maps for season 16, but even that is no small feat because the Beyond Light engine upgrade means the team must "carry" all existing maps and modes. In season 17 a new map will appear and in season 18 a remastered map of the original Destiny will appear.
But maps are only part of the recipe, we also know we have to support fashions.August 4, 2021
Beyond the maps, the developers are also looking to introduce Rift, a ball-sinking mode from The Taken King’s expansion for Destiny, to Destiny 2, and are also working on some completely new modes that will be rolled out in 2022. A little later, "We want to examine what other comprehensive systemic improvements the PVP ecosystem needs," Blackburn posted on Twitter. "We want to bring something to the scale of this reworking of tests to players every year."
It's an interesting change from just a year ago, when Bungie removed nearly a dozen Crucible maps (among other things) from the rotation to turn Destiny 2 into a "lighter, streamlined game." And while it’s not exactly a detailed master plan, Destiny Fun Police credited Blackburn with at least a willingness to publicly discuss the future.
“It’s great to finally have a dialogue about what’s to come for the crucible,” they tweeted. "That said, just one new map in S17 is pretty disappointing. What we need is at least 3 or 4 completely new maps to refresh the experience. At least it's a start."
if Bungie wants the hype back in the crucible and thrills his pvp community to go back, they’ve removed 2 reissued maps, plus a new map and a d1 map in three stations .. it won’t. But, as I said, it’s a start.August 4, 2021
Blackburn acknowledged in his thread that his main goal was not to cut the future in stone, but simply to let people know that Bungie is still in the case. “I wanted to make sure we brought some light to what’s going on behind the scenes,” he said. he tweeted. "Overall, we're still very interested in growing the amount of destination we earn each year."
"It's always risky to talk about what's in the oven, as dates and details can change, but we've been talking about pvp for a long time and we want players to know that we're working on content for all those tutors who like to spend time with Shaxx and the Redjacks ".
The start date of season 15 of Destiny 2 has not yet been announced, but it is expected to begin on August 24, when the current Splicer season ends.