In addition to a reworked loot drop system, updates to the Crucible, and an expanded scope to recently added Masterwork items, the developers also included mentions of several changes that affect the quality of life for the game, which many fans have been clamoring to see for quite some time.
"We recognize that the scales are tipped too far towards Tess at the moment, and Eververse was never meant to be a substitute for end game content and rewards", Barrett said.
Much of what Barrett discusses is in an effort to prevent Destiny 2 players from being locked out of certain content because they don't own the game's expansions.
When it comes to Eververse, more new cosmetics will come from activities, meaning some Ghosts, Sparrows, and ships will be put in reward pools. Bungie pledges to "provide a gameplay path to earn Bright Engrams and all contained rewards", while also giving players "more direct purchase options."Barrett mentions some of these changes will begin with the Crimson Days event, which launches on February 13".
Update Raid rewards to make them more unique and interesting. New Raid-specific perks and guaranteed item drops from major encounters should help ameliorate that the hard raids simply aren't worth the effort at the moment.
In a lengthy blog post, Bungie explained that it would "shift the balance" for items available through the in-game Eververse store, run by vendor Tess, which uses a currency earned through play and available to purchase with real-world money.
February will also feature Mods 2.0, "a full rework" of mods to pare down redundant mods, allow for more unique theming, and "greatly increasing their impact on your power".
The Bright Engrams will not be exclusive to the Eververse shop anymore. The statement also talks about community-related features that will be part of Destiny 2 after the update.
Following on from the endgame lock-out, Bungie were quick to categorise what the difference is between expansions and seasons, to ensure that base game players would continue to have access to all the base game activities for the games lifespan.
Bungie will likely have additional details as the next Destiny 2 live event gets closer. Since mods are now in Bright Engrams, Bungie are tuning this rework to avoid pay-to-win.
Destiny 2 players won't have to worry about a lack of content in 2018. Lastly, this update will include PC Tower Chat, quickplay improvements, the appearance of Fireteam members on the destination map.
What are you hoping to see from Destiny 2 in 2018?
We want to give players new reasons to play, more variety, and balance improvements.
When multi-emote launches, you will be able to choose which emote you have equipped to each of your four emote slots.
New modifiers will be introduced to add more gameplay variety to the experience.