Destiny is dead. I don't really think there is an avoiding it now. Let me define what I think a "dead" game is. I believe a dead game is one where there isn't much support, small number of active players, and not a lot of talk about it. That is what I think a dead game is. That describes Destiny almost perfectly. Let's start with the April Update.
I really think the April Update would decide the fate of Destiny. I even posted an article about it before the update launched. I still stand by that now. This was the make-or-break for Bungie. TTK was a pretty good expansion. Had Bungie capitalized on that and provided us with new content sooner, than Destiny could be in a very good condition now. Sure, we got SRL, but I really don't think the community as a whole really liked it that much. If SRL had been a permanent thing, then that would make things different, but it was only temporary.
Bungie tends to sometimes be a bit lazy with their content. The April Update was the epitome of that. Here's what we got in the update.
- 5ish new story missions.
- 1 new strike that just reused old areas.
- More POE (Because we just loved that so much the first time)
- Updated Crucible that didn't really change the core of the Crucible problems
Yep, after all our waiting we got effectively nothing. Now, I don't think that original POE was much fun, and this isn't much better. I think this time around, it is slightly more bearable. No treasure keys is a great change. The only problem is this. Bungie obviously didn't put enough thought into this. People hated POE and mostly didn't really like most of HOW either the first time around. Why in the world would you re-hash it? If you had really changed some things around and made rounds different from each other, than you would get a pass for that, but nope! Almost nothing has changed. L-A-Z-Y.
The Crucible is still enraging to play. SO much bull-crap still happens there. Bungie's Crucible changes made NO sense for the most part. Here's what needed to be fixed but wasn't.
- Wombo Combo (Smoke + 'Nade)
- Super burn 'nades (Viking Fun-eral + Touch of Flame)
- Sniper aim assist (Getting sniped from 10 feet away by 1K Stare)
In my experience, these were some of the biggest issues with the Crucible. They didn't even get touched. Why? I really don't know. The community really wanted super burn to be fixed, and Bungie said no. They said that they didn't want to fix it because it required a very specific loadout in order to get them. That's stupid. Why? Because every Sunsinger is going to use that loadout! It is way too good to not use! Even with that logic, who cares if it takes a specific loadout? It is still OP as butts! It needs a fix! I am glad the adjusted Stormcaller's super though, that was frustrating to play against.
POE still isn't a lot of fun. The thing is, this update will have to carry us though the summer. Most of us will have some more free time during the summer. What is there to do in Destiny? Crucible isn't fun at all. Nothing in PvE. If POE was more fun, then it would be a good choice for this time of year, but it isn't. I might make an article soon on how Bungie could fix POE and make it fun again. I have some ideas that I think would work. Destiny is going to have even more competition over the summer with other games that are coming out as well. Not as many huge titles, but still several eye-catchers.
- Uncharted 4 (Future undisputed game of year, calling it right now)
- Total War: Warhammer
- Mirror's Edge Catalyst
- Metroid prime: Federation Force
- Final Fantasy XV
Destiny can't compete with most of these games at all. Not with the content it currently has.
Let's talk about Sterling Treasures for a minute. These are an abomination. Having gear that is exclusive to these while also making their stats roll-able is stupid. If you couldn't buy these with silver, then that would make things different, but you can. You probably think I am going to say that Destiny is now pay-to-win. It isn't. Yet. Armor doesn't have that much of an effect on the game, perk-wise and stat-wise. It can give you a slight advantage or complement your play style, but it doesn't do much. I don't think Sterling will be as far as it goes though. Just look back at the history of Destiny's micro-transactions. First it was just silly little emotes, no big deal. Then it was different sparrow parts for SRL. There was even a log book of your best times, etc. That should be free! Built into the SRL itself. But anyway, it wasn't really necessary to buy, and you could get most of the stuff in-game anyway, so still okay I guess. Now here we are with Armor in Sterlings with random perks and stats. This isn't the end, people. In the next expansion, there will be even more stuff for Silver. Unless we stand together and say no, Bungievision will keep doing this to us. It needs to stop, now.
This article is hard to write. Because it stinks to even write it. I personally feel betrayed by Bungie. I feel like they betrayed my trust. When Destiny first came out, it was a mediocre game at best and a piece of trash at it's worst. We stuck with it though. TDB came around and while Crota was kinda fun, that was disappointing too. HOW wasn't much to speak of, and by the time TTK rolled around we wanted something to really bring our hopes for Destiny back up. TTK did that and more. TTK wasn't perfect, but gave us hope for Destiny's future. We didn't get much until this new April Update. For many, this was the last real hope for Destiny. Bungie blew it, and decided to give us what we deserved. After going though 7 months of almost nothing, Bungie slapped us in the face and told us to keep waiting. I personally feel that Bungie has disrespected me and my trust ,and a company that does that is not worthy of my money or my respect.