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Bungie Scaling Back Eververse in Destiny 2 Content Roadmap

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Bungie always seems to be dealing with backlash from gamers who are upset with how badly Destiny 2 has panned out.

One of the major complaints, is Bungie’s Eververse and other reward programs such as the recent holiday event, The Dawningm and the developer is aiming to change how Destiny 2 rewards work.

One of the changes that Bungie is looking at is scaling back the importance of Eververse.

“We recognize that the scales are tipped too far towards Tess at the moment, and Eververse was never intended to be a substitute for end game content and rewards,” Bungie game director Christopher Barrett said.

“So, we’ll be making three changes for upcoming Seasons:

  • “We’re shifting the balance of new content in favor of activity rewards over Bright Engrams. This includes adding Ghosts, Sparrows, and ships (to date found only in Bright Engrams) to achievement reward pools.
  • “We’ll provide a gameplay path to earn Bright Engrams and all contained rewards (including Event Engrams).
  • “We’ll give players more direct purchase options and make adjustments to Bright Engrams to allow players to get the items they want more often.”

The Strike-Scoring system is poised for a return as well.

“Strike Scoring is coming to Nightfall [Strikes] and replacing the current time limit mechanic,” Barrett said. “The scoring is similar to the Destiny 1 system but with adjustments to emphasize competitive execution of Strike objectives and support for player selectable score modifiers. In February, Nightfall High Scores will be exposed in-game via new emblems and will unlock rewards. We also have plans for Clan and Community High Scores in the works.”

Barrett said Bungie plans to offer updates on the following features and improvement by fall 2018:

  • Item Collections and Records
  • Weapon Slot and Archetype Improvements
  • Additional Crucible Playlists (e.g. Rumble)
  • Better Clan Rewards
  • Masterwork Exotics
  • Pinnacle Weapon and Gear Improvements
  • Trials of the Nine improvements
  • Shaders and dismantling
  • The Future of Guided Games
  • Address Solo Vs Fireteam matching

The developers are also re-thinking their expansions after the backlash over the poorly executed Curse of Osiris DLC.

“We’re taking the time we need in development of Expansion 2 that will allow us to react to player feedback from Curse of Osiris,” Barrett said. “In the coming months, we’ll talk to you more about what you can expect to find in Destiny 2’s next story. The team is eager to show you what they’ve been working on.”

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Tencent Facing Allegations of Infringing on Mobile Legends: Bang Bang

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Tencent will appear in court on this Tuesday to face allegations of copyright infringement in China, filed by Shanghai-based studio Moonton Technology, according to the South China Morning Post.

Per the report, Tencent is accused of infringing on the rights of Mobile Legends: Bang Bang, one of the biggest mobile titles in Southeast Asia and faces allegations that include rights to authorship, reproduction and communications regarding the game.

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Disco Elysium Lawsuit Alleges ZA/UM CEO Illegally Took Majority Share

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The ongoing battle between partners at Disco Elysium studio ZA/UM has taken another turn as new information has recently surfaced in the dispute between Disco Elysium creatives Robert Kurvitz and Aleksander Rostov and current ZA/UM CEO Ilmar Kompus and former executive producer Tõnis Haavel.

According to the Estonian Ekspress (via PC Gamer):

“the problems began when Margus Linnamäe, who largely financed Disco Elysium and was ZA/UM’s largest shareholder, decided to sell his stake in 2021. There was an expectation that Linnamäe would split his shareholding among the partners, but he allegedly sold it all to Kompus.

Kurvitz and Rostov did not know about this at the time. Their suspicions were raised when they were apparently demoted internally and, after checking the Estonian registration of companies, realised that control of ZA/UM now belonged to Kompus. The pair allegedly began demanding answers, shortly after which they were sacked. Both still own minor shareholdings in ZA/UM.

At the hearing, Kurvitz and Rostov argued that Kompus had used money that should have gone to the studio and shareholders, and funded Disco Elysium’s sequel, in order to buy those $4.8 million sketches. This was the alleged sleight-of-hand.

The shell company Tütreke, controlled by Kompus, somehow acquired these four sketches (described as being for a game called Pioneer One), and allegedly paid exactly one pound sterling for them before re-selling to ZA/UM for €4.8 million. This amount is what was apparently used to buy Linnamäe’s large stake, and put it in the hands of Kompus.”

 

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FTC Reportedly Considering Lawsuit Over Microsoft Activision Deal

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The Federal Trade Commission is reportedly considering filing an antitrust lawsuit against Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard and a potential suit could be underway as soon as next month, according to Politico.

Furthermore, the lawsuit may seek to block the record-breaking deal, according to sources in the report who also said that the FTC’s four commissioners are yet to vote on a complaint or meet with lawyers, but the bulk of the investigation has been completed.

A lawsuit is not guaranteed and the FTC has not made any formal announcements at this time.

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