Bungie are bouncing in and out of scandals on an almost weekly basis right now. There’s been a historic lack of transparency and communication with the games most ardent fans and it means that, when Destiny 2 has been criticised for not having a deep enough end game and Bungie are working to improve that state of affair, it’s pushing people away instead of reassuring them and keeping them playing.
After an XP shaping kerfuffle, followed by the first ostensibly major DLC pack being somewhat mediocre, while locking content away from those without, and featuring a ludicrously overpowered gun, and there’s now a glitch with Three of Coins. Over the weekend, since Xur started selling this consumable item once more, letting players boost the percentage chance that the game would drop an Exotic engram for you, players have been using it and finding that it seems to do absolutely nothing for their Exotic drop rates. After hours and hours and hours of play, numerous people are saying that not a single Exotic has dropped for them, actively tracking and charting their lack of success.
Now Bungie have responded, but not quite in the fashion that Kotaku’s Jason Schrier outlined. Bungie haven’t apologised, but have clarified that the Three of Coins increases the percentage chance by 50% – so 0.1% would become 0.15%, for argument’s sake.
Almost as an aside, they also note that there is a problem with Three of Coins in the Heroic Strike playlist, so it’s not boosting the chance of an Exotic drop.
Here’s their statement from the Bungie.net forums:
Throughout the weekend, we’ve been monitoring player feedback concerning the recently added Three of Coins consumable offered by Xûr. We’d like to give clarification on the functionality of this item:
When players use a Three of Coins consumable, this provides a 50% increase to the base chance of being rewarded an Exotic Engram upon activity completion. Using this consumable does not guarantee an Exotic reward upon completing a set number of activities – but rather increased chances upon each activity completion.Note: We have found that Heroic Strikes do not currently grant higher chances for Exotics when using Three of Coins consumables, compared to Vanguard Strikes. We’re looking to address this with a future Hotfix, expected in early 2018.
We will continue to monitor and forward feedback concerning this feature throughout the holiday season. Keep it coming!
The thing is that, as Schrier rightly lampooned, this follows an all too familiar pattern. It’s so familiar that it’s pushing people away from the game, which I’ve anecdotally seen from the way the game’s player count has dwindled in my friends list. To keep this community together, Bungie really need to start 2018 on the front foot with a much more open and transparent dialogue with their players.