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Weekly Update 11.12.15 (Updates & Iron Banner Clash)

Published on: Nov 12, 2015 @ 17:17

We’ve already alluded to the fact that this update will include some welcome additions to the Gunsmith, with Banshee-44 selling Weapon Parts in exchange for Glimmer. We also already promised some improvements to the quality of your Crucible lifestyle.

The November Update will also contain good news for Hunters who draw from the Void with a fix that re-enables the Quiver perk. Nightstalkers will now be able to shoot three Shadowshots again, without the added “bonus” that previously took the rest of us to infinity and beyond.

Something we haven’t yet mentioned is that Shaxx is going to have a few new items for sale, as well. After next week’s update, once you’ve completed the “Blademaster” Quest to obtain your Exotic sword, you’ll be able to purchase all three Legendary swords directly from Lord Shaxx.

After this update is deployed, some of the more tech savvy among you will be able to dig up some details for a new initiative we have planned to arrive just in time for the holiday season. We’re planning something new to recognize and reward the Sherpas among you. We are calling it Refer-a-Friend.

Maybe you have a friend who will be getting Destiny as a gift this season. Perhaps their gift-giver will even be picking it up for them at a holiday sale coming to a store near you. If you intend to show them the way to the mountaintop, we’ll have new rewards aimed at recognizing your service to the Kinderguardian.

Right now, we’re putting the finishing touches on the program. We’ll unpack the full and final details very soon.


Raise Your Banners

Next week, assuming everything goes well with the update, Iron Banner will return. For the first time ever it will feature Clash as the game mode. No need to control the zones, simply find your enemies, and eliminate them. To better explain our goals for the next Iron Banner, here’s Senior Designer Derek Carroll.

Derek: The most obvious change for Iron Banner this time around will be the switch to Clash.  I’d expect to see a bit less Super ability usage, and a lot more shooting across the board, but good teams will work together and hold territory even without the scoring incentives that Control provided.  This will be the first time we’ve played Clash with power differences enabled, so it will be interesting to see how power affects this most basic of 6v6 gametypes.

A less overt, but no less important change is an overhaul of the rewards for this event:

  •  Iron Banner reputation from winning matches increased by 20%
  • Activity completion rewards increased at all ranks, with even more significant increases at Rank 2 and above
  • Packages from Lord Saladin upon reaching Rank 3 and Rank 5
  • Iron Banner Artifacts can be obtained from the Rank 3 package
  • Iron Banner Ghost Shells can be obtained from the Rank 5 package or activity completion rewards


Gear is Under New Management

Earlier this week, your technological wingman was infused with new features. Yesterday, the Dev team released a Companion update that included some improvements for Bungie.net. You can go read their Patch notes to get the full details.

If you use the tools we have created on Bungie.net, you may have noticed our new Gear Manager added to your account. We’ve been allowing more and more players have access to keep from overloading it in its infancy. In yesterday’s patch, the Companion team made the Gear Manager live for experimentation by all players. It’s still in Beta, but test it out and give us some feedback.

Go take it for a spin, move some gear around, play with the filters. There is a new Maximize Light feature that will automagically equip all of your highest Light gear, regardless of where it is located. It already has a lot of cool features, and this isn’t even its final form. The B.net team will continue to work on it as it transitions out of Beta, and then we’ll do a full write up.


Next week, we will have a new update for you as well as some more information for you about the upcoming December Update. 2015 is coming to a close, but Year 2 of Destiny is just getting started.

Read the full Weekly Update at Bungie.net