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TWAB/XUR – January 18, 2019

Eyes Up, Guardians! We don’t recap every This Week at Bungie that the gaming company posts, but we felt this one might be pretty important. Yesterday, Bungie posted the first update since announcing the split from Activision. We expected the usual update on game mechanics and weapon balancing, but this one definitely addressed more of the strategic identity of the Destiny franchise.

A Word on the Future

Destiny Franchise Director Luke Smith opened by thanking Activision, along with High Moon Studios and Vicarious Visions who have both partnered with Bungie on pieces of the Destiny Franchise. He admitted that the bar (or the level in this case) was set too high with the Black Armory Forges and that the team will look into rebalancing future events.

Smith continued with assurance that the studio is committed to Destiny and will develop content for the annual pass, along with long-term visions that ensure Guardians will have Destiny gaming time for the foreseeable future and maybe beyond.


Damage Updates

Bungie’s last update detailed changes coming to balance Super abilities. Designer Victor Anderson wrote in this TWAB about balancing weapons. The promise was to buff weapons that were too weak, while bringing “hot button” weapons like the Telesto back into a fair level of power.

In addition, there are a number of changes coming to forged weapons, including Ballistic Logs and Modulus Reports. (I haven’t gotten that far, so I don’t know what any of that means. – nK)

Forum Changes

In an effort to keep the forums focused on a positive community experience, there will be some changes to the forums on Bungie.Net. Most of these revolve around the Code of Conduct and capabilities held by the moderators.

The update concludes with notes from support on fixes, and the weekly award for community original content. Definitely worth a laugh this week. Check out the full TWAB over at

Go get ’em, Guardians! The first round is on us!


Bonus: Where’s Xur? This week the Agent of the Nine is on Io. Guardians can find him in a cave north of Giant’s Scar. Here is his inventory this weekend:

  • Vigilance Wing, exotic pulse rifle: 29 Legendary Shards
  • Orpheus Rig, Hunter legs: 23 Legendary Shards
  • Hallowfire Heart, Titan chest: 23 Legendary Shards
  • Verity’s Brow, Warlock helmet: 23 Legendary Shards
  • Isochronal Engram: 97 Legendary Shards

One Comment

  1. KemppiMaster
    KemppiMaster February 19, 2019

    This is probably one of the goofiest shows we have ever recorded. This means you should kick back and enjoy the listen. We’re just having a good time with this show topic. On Happy Hour from the Tower, we’re going bi-lingual with vocabulary common for gamers but maybe not-so-common outside of the console. Tee presents in a game show format what Guardians are speaking on Twitch and in Fireteam Chat, and Nick Brandon try to figure out what these terms mean. Remember, Guard

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