This latest Bungie Weekly Update will be the final release before the long awaited launch of Destiny’s second expansion pack, the House of Wolves.
In the last few days there were a number of rumours circulating stating that the House of Wolves would not going to be ready in time for its scheduled release date, May 19th. Bungie has since then squashed those rumours but people are still wondering where the updates are that were promised some time ago by the creators of Destiny. DeeJ broke the situation down with the following statement.
“Two separate updates will pave the way for you to experience Expansion II. I've been told that the best time to apply a patch to a game is not only when it’s ready, but also when there are a lot of smart people in the building to make sure it lands safely. We’re in the final phases of testing and approval for the first update. Confidence is high. As soon as we’re ready, we’ll let you know.
Currently, all signs point to tomorrow (Friday) morning (Bungie time). It will be a game-time decision, so stay tuned. Patch Notes will immediately follow, and all of your questions about the world changes to come will be answered. We have a forum thread to monitor and a Twitter account that signals new information.
Stand by, Guardians.”
If you rewind a few weeks you’ll remember Bungie started a fundraiser for all the people affected by the devastating earthquake in Nepal. That fundraiser is still active and the figures that the Destiny community, Bungie and Activision have raised is quite phenomenal as described by Bungie Foundation Manager Christine Edwards.
“Two weeks ago, after Nepal’s devastating earthquake, we called on you to come to the aid of those in need. You have done just that. Together, we’ve been able to raise $750,000 to provide much-needed medical supplies and support to those affected by the earthquake. This number is astonishing, and it is because of you and your generosity. 100% of the profits generated by this fundraising drive will be donated to the efforts of Direct Relief in Nepal.
Our friends at Activision have also taken notice and have just pledged an additional $50,000 to duplicate Bungie’s donation matching from last week.”
You can still purchase a limited edition Nepal Aid T-Shirt to help all those in need in Nepal.
Deadline: Sunday, May 24th at 11:59pm PST
Where to Purchase: www.bungiestore.com
Questions? Check out Bungie’s Nepal FAQ.
The final part of the update focused on a problem that has been around ever since the birth of Destiny… Being kicked into Orbit… Literally. DeeJ explained that,
“House of Wolves won’t just populate the world of Destiny with more bad guys that need killin.’ It will also help you stay rooted in the action.”
Matchmaker engineer Damian Frank the “solution” which is being called “Connection Recovery.”
“If you've played for long enough, you've probably been kicked back to orbit at some point. This happens when basic network problems occur on the Internet. If you can't talk to our servers because some network router somewhere got too busy, you may be kicked to orbit. We've been working hard on improving this aspect of the player experience.
If you encounter the most common kinds of networking problems and lose your connection to the game you're playing, Connection Recovery will leap into action and attempt to reconnect you. It won't always work, because the underlying networking problem may be too severe, but it gives you a fighting chance at rejoining the server you were playing on. If it's successful, you'll keep your progress and your Fireteam.
When you encounter a recoverable error, your screen will fade to black, as it always has. A message will inform you that we are attempting to reconnect you and will tell you what kind of error you've encountered. After a short time, you will either be respawned in the game or you will be returned to orbit.”
When asked if this feature will be used in all aspects of Destiny Damian replied,
“For now, Connection Recovery is limited to the new Trials of Osiris event. We know that disconnections are going to be especially frustrating in Trials, so it seems like a good place to start. Once we have a better feel for how it's going to perform in the real world, we plan to add it to almost all activities - if all goes well.”
That brings you up to date with the latest Bungie Weekly Update. If you’d like to read the update in full you can do so HERE.
If you haven't seen it already, here's the official House of Wolves Trailer.
What are your thoughts on the House of Wolves? Are you excited? Are you disappointed that there isn’t going to be a new raid in the new expansion? Are you happy that instead of a raid we’re getting something completely different? Let us know in the comments.
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