Bungie’s Weekly Update teases two much-requested Destiny features arriving in a new update Monday, a beefed up Iron Banner playlist and, finally, Team Chat that includes matchmade players.
The Iron Banner playlist is coming back to Destiny, with several tweaks based on what Bungie learned from previous Iron Banner events. The event should appear by the end of next week. Here’s a rundown of what’s new from the blog:
Power. Does. Matter! (no, really)
Only players Level 20 and above can lead a Fireteam
Players below Level 20 can accompany more powerful friends
Players within 3 Levels can be competitive with each other
Your DEFENSE rating affects how you take damage
Wear your best (highest rated) armor
Players out of your league will seem like a Boss
Your ATTACK rating affects how you inflict damage
Equip your best (highest rated) weapons
Lower-level players wielding fully-upgraded weapons should still be considered a very credible threat!
Claim victory to gain reputation.
Lord Saladin now has five ranks to obtain through victory
Your previous Iron Banner rank has been preserved
The Tempered buff is a twelve-hour boost in reputation gains
Activate Tempered later during the event to catch up faster
Acquire exclusive Iron Banner rewards.
Increase your Rank to unlock better gear
Reforge weapons to reset progression with new perks
Earn gauntlets and boots to move you closer to Level 30
See Lord Saladin for details!
Quitters never win.
Reputation gains are only awarded only to the winners
Defeat grants a token to be redeemed after a future win
You can carry up to five Iron Medallions at any time
Partial reputation gains are earned instantly upon victory
Strike while the Iron is hot.
Your reputation will be reset at the conclusion of this Iron Banner
Like any competitive activity, each new event is a chance to regain your standing
The other big change is a beta test for team chat. No longer does playing with matchmade allies need to be silent experience that reminds us that even though we’re surrounded by other people, aren’t we all truly alone? Nope, you can opt in to talking to these weird strangers if you want. Who knows, maybe you’ll make a friend. Maybe they’ll call you the n-word, too, but that’s the chance you take.
Bungie hints that this may open the door for more chat opens if it’s successful:
“Think of this as a trial step into a more vocal world. We know that matchmade teammates aren’t the only people in Destiny to whom you want to speak. Your Mom told you never to talk to strangers. We think she was probably right, but we’re willing to provide you with an option where you need it for tactical gain,” the post says.