Bungie have rolled out the fifth hot fix update to their online sci-fi shooter Destiny
, which primarily includes tweaks to the respawn rates of enemies in certain locations, as well as a somewhat popular economy exploit in the Skywatch area. In Bungie's own words: "The Hive of the holy 'Treasure Cave' have realized the futility of their endless assault on Skywatch and have retired to lick their wounds and plan their next attack."
The list of changes are as follows:
Reduced drop rate of engrams following a hard wipe [fixed in 188.8.131.52]
*Clarification: This effect only lasts for a short period of time immediately following a hard wipe
Queen's Wrath Event
Material rewards for dismantling Queen's Wrath gear will no longer provide ascendant materials, but missions will continue to drop Legendary items
The Hive of the holy “Treasure Cave” have realized the futility of their endless assault on Skywatch and have retired to lick their wounds and plan their next attack.
Respawn timers for monster caves in Skywatch have been normalized to 40 seconds (increased from 6)
Respawn timers for monster caves in Forgotten Shore have been normalized to 40 seconds (increased from 10)
Respawn timers for monster caves in Ember Caves have been normalized to 40 seconds (increased from 10)
Respawn timers for monster caves in the Shattered Coast have been normalized to 40 seconds (increased from 10)
Respawn timers for monster caves in the Barrens have been normalized to 40 seconds (increased from 20)
Bungie is also keeping an eye on certain other identified issues, which they plan to tweak sometime in the future. The days of "cave farming" is said to be numbered (the act of lining up in front of a special cave and shooting at it for hours on end in order to pick up lots of loot). In addition, the process of decrypting engrams will be made clearer for players expecting to receive certain kinds of items. They have also determined that players aren't adequately "celebrated" when they receive awesome gear (for example, players can get some excellent gear from the Vault of Glass, but the moment of awesomeness can occur without even being noticed); this too will someday be rectified.
On the social front, Bungie is still working on getting voice chat into the game without taking away from the game's social friendliness. In their experience, griefing was a major problem in the Halo franchise, and it's something they want to do away with. So far they are considering making voice chat an opt-in feature.
Players can also look forward to easier strike missions in the future; Bungie stated that there is an issue with Boss enemies taking less than expected damage from players, and players taking a bit too much damage in return. Rest assured, they don't plan on making raids any easier. Finally, some weapons are being examined for re-balancing, including some exotic weapons (such as "Thorn" and "Bad Juju"), the Auto Rifle, Scout Rifles and Shotguns.
Stay tuned for further updates to the world of Destiny
. My sympathies to those who were enjoying the "Destiny: The Cave".