Bungie isn't happy with Destiny's leveling system

Bungie wasn't satisfied with Destiny's Leveling system

In an interview with Kotaku yesterday, the creative director of Destiny: The Taken King, Luke Smith, talked about some of the issues the popular MMO shooter faced during its first year of release. One of the biggest issues talked about was how Bungie was well aware of the faulty leveling system of Destiny

Bungie was far from satisfied with the leveling system Destiny had when it was released back in September 2014. This is what Smith had to say about it:

"The original Light system, when that went out the door, we were not thrilled with it. We knew when that went out the door that we were going to need to revisit it. So that work basically began in earnest probably September or October [of 2014]. We had already started to work on a new proposal, the proposal that would become the Light 2.0 that's in the game now. We were working on that as early as last fall."

Bungie started working on a new leveling system shortly after the original release of Destiny. The new leveling system was not applied until the Taken King because of compatibility issues with the past expansions The Dark Below and House of Wolves.

"We had to look at DLC 1 [The Dark Below] and DLC 2 [House of Wolves] and say, 'OK, well, how can we set those two DLCs up to allowing for this [leveling] pivot?' So in DLC 2, that's why you see the introduction of the Etheric Light mechanic, because we were trying to get players to converge quickly at a single, common level because we knew where we were going to take them next."

Make sure to keep your eyes and ears open. Bungie is far from done with Destiny. They have hinted that they intend to add a lot more to the popular first-person MMO shooter than a new leveling system. 

The full interview between Kotaku and Smith can be found here.


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Published Sep. 26th 2015
  • Ainyan
    I am very confused as to how Luke Smith's comments regarding the Y1 Light system have anything to do with the current leveling system. They didn't like the old light system, no, but the current one is so far and away different - you can't compare the two or say that Bungie is unhappy with Y2's leveling system by using quotes regarding Y1's light system.

    Frankly, the current leveling system is far and away better than the Y1 leveling system. Level to 40, then use engrams to leapfrog your way up in light levels. If you do it right, you can easily get up to light 280+ in a day on your main (I was 290 by the end of the second day), and your alts in five minutes after reaching 40.

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