Next Destiny 2 Patch To Include Nightfall Strike Scoring, Emblem Variants, And More

Next Destiny 2 Patch

The roadmap for Bungie’s Destiny 2 has been set, and it looks like the developer is doing their best to stay on track. With updates containing new features, fixes, and more set to arrive over the next few months, the aim is to keep players coming back for more. With the fluctuation in concurrent participants and a less-than-stellar launch, a lot of work is ahead for the team. In the next Destiny 2 patch, however, players will see the introduction of Nightfall Strike scoring and more.

Now that the next Destiny 2 patch is only a couple days away, Bungie has been kind enough to provide some details regarding the incoming update. Set to arrive on February 27th, the supply drop of goods to the game will include “Nightfall Strike Scoring, the first version of the Prestige Nightfall Challenge Card, and emblem variants.” To expand upon that, Senior Design Lead Tyson Green went on to detail all of the goods. Here’s what players can expect with the next Destiny 2 patch:

Emblems in Destiny have been positioned as a vanity collectible, with a few exceptional (and popular) emblems that reflect noteworthy achievements. In D2, we started to pivot emblems more towards the latter example by adding stat displays to some of them. Now, we want to go further in the direction of emblems as a means of exposing achievement.

First, we’re exposing more stats on emblems and making those emblems more available to players who want to display those stats. For example, the Crucible emblems that advertise wins or KDA can now be obtained directly from Shaxx after 10 Crucible rep packages (if you don’t get one earlier). We’re also deploying a new emblem that advertises your Crucible kills, which are broken down by class so you can see who find themselves in your crosshairs most often.”

“Second, we’re collapsing auras into emblems and removing them as standalone items. This means that existing Raid, Trials, and new Nightfall Emblems will provide the existing aura effects to players, and future emblems can also roll out new effects. These auras are conditional—for example, you still have to go Flawless or do a Prestige Clear to activate them. Some of these auras will also come with fireteam bonuses, so when they see that aura over you, they know who is giving them that benefit.”

“Lastly, we’re introducing variants to some emblems. If an Emblem indicates high achievement and lots of players use it, we didn’t want that to mean that everyone looks the same,” says Green. In the interest of balance, emblems will receive variants to indicate the noteworthiness of the achievement, while differentiating themselves from other emblems. The designer goes on to say that these variants will be unlocked through a myriad of way. One example he gives is the “Crucible Kills Emblem,” which will have “some fun “class foe” variations after you down a thousand Guardians of that class.” Green then provides a bit more detail about this aspect of the next Destiny 2 patch, saying:

An example that ties this all together are the new Nightfall Emblems. Obtained by completing specific Nightfall Strikes, these emblems display your highest personal score in that Nightfall. In the future, we hope to display your clan’s highest score too. These emblems have several variants each, which drop from that specific Nightfall, but in some cases only above certain score thresholds (and we expect some to be quite rare.) And finally, these emblems enable the purple Nightfall Aura as well as a fireteam bonus to Vanguard Token drops, but only if your personal high score is above a par-score. That will start off at a value selected from internal playtests but we plan to adjust it based on your (the community’s) posted scores each time a Nightfall comes around.”

Destiny 2 is currently available for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One, with the update detailed above going live on February 27th. More can be read about what’s coming right here. keep it tuned to Don’t Feed the Gamers as this story develops, and for other gaming news going on right now, check out the following:

What say you, Guardians? Is Bungie on the right path with the next Destiny 2 patch, or do they have too much work ahead of them? What sort of new features would you like to see introduced to the game? Sound off in the comments section below, and be sure to follow DFTG on Twitter for live gaming and entertainment news 24/7!

Eric Garrett2269 Posts

Eric is an editor and writer for Don't Feed the Gamers. When he is not staring at a computer screen filled with text, he is usually staring at a computer screen filled with controllable animations. Today's youth call this gaming. He also likes to shoot things. With a camera, of course.


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