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Destiny 2 Update 1.2.1 Now Live

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Bungie is adding a few new tweaks in their latest update to Destiny 2.

Update 1.2.1 went live this week and the first round of exotic changes have been applied via the new patch, with the next wave expected to arrive sometime in July, and with the weekly reset rolling out as well, guardians are in for a lot this week.

The Flashpoint this week is Titan, Tree of Probabilities is this week’s Nightfall Strike, and Rumble is on the crucible playlist, but that just touches on what’s being rolled out.

Bungie plans to discuss Faction Rallies on May 31st.

Here are the full patch notes:

Destiny 2 update 1.2.1 – patch notes

Sandbox –Exotic Armor, Weapons

Hunter

  • Mechaneer’s Tricksleeves
    • While you are critically wounded, swapping to a Sidearm increases its damage (2x in PvE, 1.33x in PvP).
  • The Dragon’s Shadow
    • Dodge reloads all weapons simultaneously.
    • Dodging now also grants +5 mobility for the duration of Wraithmetal Mail, in addition to its previous benefits.
    • Added a UI indicator for the Wraithmetal Mail buff.

Titan

  • Lion Rampant
    • Hipfiring no longer interrupts Lift. Increased hipfire accuracy while airborne.
  • Synthoceps
    • Now grants a flat melee damage bonus for 8 seconds when you are surrounded by three or more enemies (3x in PvE, 2x in PvP).
    • This buff also increases Super damage while active (+50%).

Warlock

  • Lunafaction Boots
    • Now allows your Rift to continuously reload weapons while you or allies stand in it.
    • Empowering Rift grants a boost to weapon range and aim assist.
  • Sunbracers
    • Solar melee kills now grant unlimited Solar grenade energy for a short duration.

Weapons

  • Legendary
    • Shining Sphere
      • Replaced Pulse Monitor perk with Quickdraw.
  • Exotic
    • Skyburner’s Oath
      • Fixed an issue that caused this weapon’s sound effects to play too quietly while you are aiming down sights.
    • SUROS Regime
      • Fixed an issue where players could not reload while ADS.

Perks

  • Trench Barrel
    • Fixed a bug that allowed this perk to activate after making melee attacks on friendly targets.

Exotic Masterworks

  • MIDA Multi-Tool
    • The Masterwork catalyst can now be obtained by the most determined competitors in the Crucible.

Activities

Crucible

  • Crucible Labs
    • Crucible Labs will allow Guardians to play experimental Crucible content.
      • Crucible Labs will become available at a later date.
    • The Crucible Labs playlist will be active periodically for feedback.
  • General
    • Fixed an issue where players would lose Rank Points for leaving a match too soon after the match ends.
    • Fixed a memory issue that was causing PC players running at low texture quality to frequently hit BEET or KALE errors while loading into 6v6 Iron Banner.
    • Fixed the space flights of 3+ minutes players experienced while loading into 6v6 Iron Banner that were caused when they hit BEET and KALE errors.

Public Events

  • Fixed an issue that prevented players from triggering the Heroic “Warsat Down” public event when Shriekers would close too quickly.

Strikes

  • Removed “Exodus Crash” from Heroic Strike Matchmaking.
  • Fixed an issue where players could join in-progress and become stuck behind a door in the strike “Exodus Crash.”
  • Fixed an issue where Heroic strike milestones and quests was not progressing due to Vanguard Boons.
  • Fixed an issue where players could get stuck joining allies repeatedly in the strike “Lake of Shadows.”
  • Added a score modifier display on the item detail screen for Nightfall Challenge Cards.
  • Heroic strikes will now award Escalation Protocol Key Fragments.
  • Heroic strikes now have a chance (~25%) to award powerful engrams of up to 360 Power.

Raid

  • Fixed an issue where launching a one-use Super just as you catch the “Spire of Stars” relic would not consume Super energy.
  • Changed the “Spire of Stars” relic’s time-out splash damage to allow damage to targets.
  • The raid vendor will now have a unique performance after you have completed “Spire of Stars.”
  • Fixed an issue where Calus’s shield had greater health than intended.
  • Updated the Guided Game tooltip to correctly reflect the required Power level to launch.
  • Robes of Sekris (Warlock raid chest armor) will now display hanging cloth correctly.
  • The cost of “Spire of Stars” rewards from Benedict 99-40 has been increased to 50 tokens.
  • Benedict 99-40’s reputation engram will no longer grant weapons.

Warmind Campaign

  • Fixed an issue where some enemies were granting higher-than-intended XP from the mission “Pilgrimage.”

Eververse

Prismatic Matrix

  • Fixed an issue where players would see a permanent waypoint over Tess when they had a Prismatic Facet in their character inventory.
  • Fixed an issue where the Prismatic Matrix icon did not have an indicator when new items were available.
  • Fixed an issue where the Prismatic Matrix icon was not highlighted when players had a Prismatic Facet in their character inventory.

Clans

Rewards

  • The Clan XP Milestone now properly grants powerful rewards when it is turned in.
  • A few players would receive a Clan Banner very frequently. This should be fixed, and now players can discard any Clan Banners at the Postmaster.

Emotes

General

  • Resolved an issue where some players who owned the “Salute” emote were unable to equip it.
  • The “Awaken the Warmind” emote no longer displays after the emote has been interrupted.
  • Flavortext now appears on the emote preview.

 

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Microsoft Bringing Four Games to Rival Consoles

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Microsoft has responded to recent reports that there will be changes to it’s first-party strategy and has confirmed that four game titles will be released on rival consoles.

More specifically, Xbox head Phil Spencer said that ‘Starfield’ and ‘Indiana Jones’ will not be among the four titles heading to other platforms. Both games had a number of candidate platforms, per reports, adding that this is “not a change to our fundamental exclusive strategy.”

“We don’t damage Xbox and we can grow our business using what other platforms have to help us with that,” Spencer said, according to GamesIndustry.biz.  “Looking forward, I think there is an interesting story for us of introducing Xbox franchises to players on other platforms to get them more interested in Xbox. We think there’s a good brand value for Xbox there.”

Xbox president Sarah Bond announced that Activision Blizzard games would begin to be added into Game Pass offerings, starting with Diablo 4, which will be added on March 28th.

Additionally, Bond said that Microsoft is still working on hardware for the future and that their focus regarding the future is “delivering the largest technical leap you will ever have seen in a hardware generation.”

 

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Sega’s Revenue See Rise to $27 Billion

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Sega Sammy has released its financial report for the nine-month period that officially concluded on December 31st, 2023, and that report that demonstrated a rise in overall sales and profit despite a decrease in sales for Sega’s new titles.

That decline was offset by growth in pachislot and pachinko machines, however Sega had lowered its sales forecasts for the full financial year.

Here is a breakdown, courtesy of GamesIndustry.biz.

  • Net sales: ¥349.9 billion ($2.3 billion, up 28.7% year-on-year)
  • Operating income: ¥54.4 billion ($364 million, up 42.4% year-on-year)
  • Ordinary income: ¥57.2 billion ($383 million, up 42.7% year-on-year)
  • Net sales were up 130.3% to ¥120.2 billion ($805 million) in this segment
  • Ordinary income increased by 521.3% at ¥45.7 billion ($306 million).
  • Entertainment Contents segment, which includes video games, net sales were up 4.2% at ¥219.3 billion
  • Profit decreased by 52.5% to ¥19.7 billion ($131.8 million) as a result of weak game sales

You can read a breakdown of the entire report at GamesIndustry.biz here.

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CVC Capital Partners, Haveli Investments Acquire Jagex

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CVC Capital Partners and Haveli Investments have reached an agreement to acquire RuneScape developer Jagex from Carlyle Group, according to Sky News.

While financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed publicly, the Sky News report indicates that CVC was planning to spend £900 million on the purchase of Jagex.

Luxembourg-based CVC Capital Partners is one of the world’s largest private equity firms and Austin-based Haveli Investments is an established games investor.

CVC Capital Partners has previously backed Dead by Daylight creator Behaviour Interactive, London-based Predecessor developer Omeda Studios, and Tel Aviv-based Match Masters studio Candivore.

Jagex has more than 700 staff worldwide, and is best known for its RuneScape franchise and is currently working on the PC and console launch of Scum by Gamepires sometimes in 2024.

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