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Destiny 2 Offers Free Trial on All Platforms Following XP Controversy

Destiny 2 Offers Free Trial on All Platforms Following XP Controversy

Developer Bungie and publisher Activision have announced that starting on November 28th, players can try Destiny 2 for free across all available platforms.

Regardless of platform, players can now try out Destiny 2‘s campaign and the team-based multiplayer, though, at this time, it is unclear exactly how much of the game will be available for players to trial, or for how long the trial will run.

The release of a free trial follows the recent controversy surrounding Destiny 2 this past Thanksgiving holiday weekend after players discovered that developer Bungie had potentially hindered player progression in the shooter by constraining the amount of XP earned.

Reddit user EnrgiserX raised their concerns, speaking of a noticeable drop in XP based on how quickly players earnt it in Destiny 2: “If you earn XP slow, the in-game display is correct. If you play normally, the game drops some XP (~ 50%). If you power-grind XP the game will drop most of your XP (in testing, I managed to lose ~95% of the XP during an ‘enemies moving against each other’ event).”

Forced to respond to the sudden and controversial discovery, Bungie announced that it would switch off the thought to be hidden code constraining player progression, which should have brought an end to the issue, only it wasn’t. Less than 24 hours after the developer moved to turn off the hidden system, players began reporting that the amount of XP required to level up had now doubled. Whereas before players required 80k, they now needed 160k to move up, which is some spike in XP terms.

Fans feeling rightfully wrong-footed by the hidden system and then the move to double required XP, called for more clarity from the developer or an answer as to why the system existed in the first place.

Destiny 2 is out now on PS4, Xbox One and PC.

Stephen has been an avid gamer for nearly 25 years, fighting alongside caped crusaders, Jedi, and biotic Asari along the way. He likes to try new things but frequently comes back to Overwatch.

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