Future 2 has been offline for 16 hours now, within the wake of a big hotfix that was purported to take away blue drops and nerf airborne effectiveness, however by accident broke your entire sport.
A repair is meant to be deployed a while this morning, however that timeline is topic to vary, and we’re already previous the initially said 3-4 AM PT window. I don’t envy the Bungie employees successfully pulling all-nighters to repair no matter is happening right here, which began with the invention that some gamers had misplaced triumphs and titles, and ended with server instability so extreme, you would kill an enemy 3 times and watch them come again to life resulting from lag.
Bungie has stated they are going to be issuing an precise rollback to a pre-hotfix state, which implies any loot farmed proper earlier than or proper after the hotfix went dwell will probably be misplaced. That’s not nice contemplating proper after reset is when many in-game issues reset and when many gamers will instantly begin farming, myself included. In order that’s misplaced raid drops, crafting patterns, unique bows. It’s solely the third full rollback in Future 2 historical past.
It’s changing into fairly clear that Future 2’s mounting technical issues are the chief difficulty with the sport. This season alone, Bungie has needed to flip the API off twice to repair error code and server points, one in every of which marred the discharge of its new dungeon. It has gamers anxious in regards to the state of Lightfall and its raid race which launch in simply over a month, understandably.
The issue is there aren’t any simple solutions right here. Whereas I could at all times be shouting options at Bungie for nerfs or buffs or economic system adjustments, the fanbase actually can not make any educated commentary on what’s occurring behind the scenes right here. The laundry record of go-to culprits blamed is often:
Final Gen Consoles – The sport is being held again by hanging onto PS4 and Xbox One, when it must be targeted on PS5, Sequence X and PC.
Content material Vaulting – Both an excessive amount of/not sufficient. Bungie did say that content material vaulting would assist with Future’s technical challenges, however up to now issues have solely gotten worse. Some are guessing issues may very well be resolved when seasonal content material is cleared out earlier than Lightfall, however once more, that’s all it’s, a guess.
The Tiger Engine – That is Future 2’s long-running engine which has been upgraded and reformatted many occasions over time, however gamers imagine it’s simply too previous now. Some are calling for a well-recognized chorus that Future ought to transfer to Unreal Engine 5. That’s…not going to occur. It’s potential these issues are tied to the engine however we don’t know the way or the extent of that.
Future 3 – Future 3 began trending on-line as everybody stated it was time for Bungie to easily go away Future 2 behind and make a brand new sport as these points mount. And but who is aware of if Future 3 would resolve these issues if issues stay with say, underlying server structure, and never simply the meat of what’s truly in Future 2. Or that issues couldn’t carry over between video games.
So sure, I feel we will say that this can be a very clear, very urgent downside, however that is one space the place I don’t suppose we will make any prescriptions. Except Bungie goes into nice element about what precisely is happening right here, we’re simply guessing, and it positive looks as if even they don’t actually know the total extent of the issues the sport has, on condition that this retains taking place at an elevated frequency.
This doesn’t really feel sustainable nonetheless, and will require some bigger, painful adjustments to return. As for this week, test again right here and I’ll replace this when Future 2 comes again on-line.
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