'Destiny 2' beta brought new changes, Bungie applying new matchmaking rules

Where is Xur today? Destiny location for August 4 REVEAL following PC Beta release news

This week, Bungie said Destiny 2 on PC will include an in-game FPS counter and the ability to set an upper-FPS limit (via a config file). Matchmaking will take longer in hopes that the games will be more balanced by skill levels.

The upcoming beta for Destiny 2 PC will mark the first time that the massively popular sci-fi shooter can be played on the PC, as Destiny was only available for consoles.

In Quickplay, matchmaking times will be shortened but at the expense of skill levels being less emphasized in the process.

The console beta was held back in mid July, giving Bungie plenty of feedback on their networking technology, as well as player response on gameplay changes and tweaks, but now the developer has outlined what adjustments have been made since then, and in-turn will be live in the PC beta. Bungie will also increase the winning score in Control from 75 to 100, and extend the trigger for the Mercy rule. This change is created to give players more time to actually play and use their abilities, and paired with the trigger for the Mercy rule being pushed out will prevent too many abruptly short matches.

PC players will be able to get their hands on the Destiny 2 beta on August 28, not too long before the game is fully released, but Crucible Design Lead Lars Bakken laid out some of the ways that the beta will change between now and PC's date.

Bungie has also revealed that while the overlay functionalities of hardware performance monitors will not be compatible with the game, they will still be able to function in the background.

'Destiny 2' beta brought new changes, Bungie applying new matchmaking rules
'Destiny 2' beta brought new changes, Bungie applying new matchmaking rules

While entertaining and not quite game breaking when it was discovered in the beta, the glitch that allowed players to have infinite supers during The Inverted Spire strike has been fixed.

The time it takes to charge up Super Abilities has been reduced, as Bungie admitted that was an issue in the console beta.

The Warlock Glide Glitch has also been addressed by Bungie, nearly regrettably. That has now been fixed, except for perks that directly buff melee range for Warlocks. "We agree it was taking a bit too long to cook up a Super".

The PC beta, however, will not be exactly the same as the one that players on consoles experienced, as Bungie applied several changes to improve the experience. As a part of our security efforts, we have designed Destiny 2 for PC to resist all attempts from external applications to insert code into the game client.

This is something we had felt internally and have been slowly tuning up over the last several weeks. The PC beta has been updated with our new values and will provide much more heavy ammo in PvE than what was found before. Power ammo can also be directly farmed from all Yellow Bar Combatants.

Sadly Destiny 2 on PC will be releasing after the PS4 and Xbox One versions, missing the September 6 release date given for the console versions.


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