Bungie has a number of changes planned for Destiny on PlayStation and Xbox consoles. The first step of those changes comes Thursday, November 13. Unfortunately, that also means the game will have to go offline for a few hours to make those changes happen.
“On Thursday, November 13th, we’ll be taking ‘Destiny’ offline for several hours,” Bungie Community Manager David “DeeJ” Dague wrote on Bungie’s website. “This totally planned service outage will enable us to prepare for the arrival of a series of updates planned for the next few weeks. During this time, you’ll be unable to play ‘Destiny.’ We’re sorry about the interruption, but it’s for the greater good.”
We’ll repeat this in the morning, but we’re taking Destiny offline for maintenance later this week. Details here… http://t.co/yaLrcgX5gA
— Bungie (@Bungie) November 12, 2014
The maintenance window will start at 11 a.m. ET / 8 a.m. PT and last through at 3 p.m. ET / 12 p.m. PT. Those are non-prime time hours for North America, so the outage won’t be felt as badly there. Unfortunately, this is during prime time hours in Europe so Destiny players in that region need to plan accordingly.
While this server outage is meant to provide the setup for later updates, there’s no mention of when the updates will happen. Bungie appears to be setting the stage for a pre-The Dark Below DLC release on December 9, though. The updates will address a number of complaints with the game, ranging from voice chat to a lack of gear to the need to grind for upgrade materials.
Here’s what Bungie previously revealed as coming to Destiny.
- Here are some things we’ve mentioned:
- Channels for talking to matchmade teammates, if you so wish
- Exotic weapons that are stronger and more interesting to upgrade
- New gear to let you slip into something a little more Legendary
- That which waits in The Dark Below
Here are some things we’ve kept secret, until now.
- New shaders for your gear
- Ways to preview items before you spend your Glimmer
- Greater chances of “showers” in public spaces
- Adjustments to some arenas that needed better traffic flow
- New economies to equip you with upgrade materials
- Fixes, patches, and other invisible technical evolutions
- Some other tricks up our sleeve
- Maybe even a more generous Cryptarch
- (he’ll still be sort of a b*****d)
Will the Destiny server outage affect your plans, or are you just looking forward to receiving the updates? Sound off in the comments below.
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