Free-to-play on-line MMO looter shooter Future 2, launched in 2017, is one in every of my favourite video video games. I play it on a regular basis. I’ve a number of characters. I personal all of the latest seasons. It’s unbelievable. However I’d be mendacity if I mentioned I wasn’t involved for the sport’s future, as with every passing season, it appears to turn into extra liable to breaking. In truth, as I write this very paragraph at round 4:00 p.m. on January 24, the sport stays offline as Bungie continues to analyze the most recent drawback. In the meantime, many gamers are hoping for a brand-new engine and sport, doubtless within the type of Future 3. However issues are by no means that straightforward.
Earlier at the moment, Destiny 2 was taken offline across all platforms as Bungie investigated gamers shedding progress on triumphs and seals, which function like in-game achievements and challenges. It’s not the tip of the world, positive, however simply final week a couple of gamers reported shedding their characters together with all their progress and gadgets. And earlier than that, it was a new mission not updating properly for players. And earlier than that it was one thing else. In 2023, after years of updates, expansions, and extra, it appears like Destiny 2 is starting to buckle under its own weight.
Taking a peek at Bungie’s official support account on Twitter—which frequently updates ceaselessly to let gamers find out about upcoming patches, server points, and different very important information about Future 2—you’ll find numerous tweets that quantity to Bungie going “Welp, this isn’t working. We are attempting to repair it. Extra information later.” On-line video games not working day by day isn’t new and it’s not an issue unique to Future 2. However is beginning to turn into a extra prevalent problem with the getting old shooter. that help account, numerous the tweets about bugs or damaged missions don’t have weeks between them, however just some days or much less.
Anecdotally, my time enjoying Future 2 recently has been buggier than ever. This new season introduced with it each cool new heist missions and peculiar lag that I’ve by no means seen earlier than. I nonetheless run into the issue of the sport not counting each PvP match, making us play extra to complete challenges and weekly quests. And I’ve simply accepted that in-game bounties tied to kills, missions, or different actions received’t at all times replace as they need to. In truth, the extra I give it some thought, the extra I understand that I and different gamers I do know have simply gotten used to Future 2 not being dependable. And it appears to be getting worse, not higher, as the sport expands and provides extra layers and programs.
Look on-line and also you’ll shortly see gamers suggesting that Bungie wants to maneuver on to a theoretical Future 3, a sport that doubtless will occur—and is perhaps in improvement already—however which hasn’t been confirmed. Throughout at the moment’s prolonged downtime, Destiny 3 was trending on Twitter as gamers argued over the shooter’s future and stability. For some, the idea of a new engine and contemporary slate felt promising, giving hope it might resolve lots of Future 2’s issues. Others pointed out that a brand-new sport isn’t straightforward to make or easy to launch, and would doubtless be lacking options or content material at launch. Plus, there’s no guarantee it might repair all the rising issues.
Personally, I feel a brand new Future would doubtless be a great transfer to finally make. It may enable the devs to make one thing extra versatile and in a position to deal with the kind of occasions they’ve spent years crafting and perfecting. However I additionally am not naive sufficient to imagine it might repair all the pieces or be straightforward to create. Nonetheless, I get the frustration gamers are feeling as Future 2 stays constantly inconsistent.
Like an previous PC or blender, Future 2 principally works, nevertheless it’s lined in duct tape, dents, and grime. And every now and then it’s a must to kick it or mess with the wire to get it to start out. Positive, it nonetheless rumbles to life for now, however you’ll in all probability want to exchange it at some point. And with Future 2, I get the sensation Bungie might be slapping on the tape for so long as it takes for Future 2 to outlive via the tip of its deliberate roadmap, which can doubtless see the ultimate season arriving in 2024. Previous that, properly, I don’t know. Hopefully by then, the sport will at the least really feel extra steady and dependable, not worse.