I think it’s a fair rule to say that forcing players into any gaming activity is a risky move. But when it comes to huge live service games like Destiny 2, I can also understand the motivation: You want to make sure no one misses the dope new stuff you’ve added. What Bungie decided to do with the upcoming six-person matchmade activity Dares of Eternity with the 30th anniversary update on December 7.
Dares of Eternity is free-to-play—though you’ll need the DLC to gain all the associated cosmetic loot—and is probably the most fun take on the quasi-Horde mode activity since Menagerie. However, there has been a big problem for the new and returning players.
The power level of Dares of Eternity is set to 1150 in Normal mode. For anyone who has been playing regularly, this will be a non-issue. (My current power level, including the boost from Artifact, is 1363). However, the brand new Guardian Power starts at 1100 — just under level 50 throughout — meaning that the Garbage Horde will also hit like a space freighter, and those players will also do almost minimal outgoing damage.
The problem is compounded by the fact that Dares of Eternity also includes ‘champion’ enemies, who can simply stun using matching weapon mods that new players won’t have yet. The same goes for players who have taken a long break but have decided to restart the game. They find themselves engaging in an activity that is supposed to be fun, but endlessly getting one-shots. not ideal.
The Reddit thread that first alerted the wider Destiny community to the issue described it as “burning hell“For new players. Since then, experienced players wanting to help have been deliberately tanking their own level (which is easy to do, you put low-light gear from the collection) to match the noob.
Side note: I don’t know why Destiny mixes players of the same strength together for a fun PvE mode, when it seems obvious that mixing experts with new blood makes more sense, but here we are.
Here’s a Bungie community manager acknowledging the issue:
Players who are below the power level need some help in the Dares of Eternity activity. How can you help? Grab some underpowered gear from your collection and join the matchmaking. You can swap back to your normal loadout once a match is found. pic.twitter.com/pk9VMBCzhB5 January 2022
I did just that. I lowered my power to 1133 and, of course, was matched… five other very experienced people doing the exact same thing. However, it is heartwarming to see the players performing the action known as ‘Operation New Light’. (The new lights are what Bungie calls the newly created Guardians.)
The studio says it’s looking at a way to fix the problem now that the development team is returning from vacation, and will also offer a commemorative emblem to the two who assisted with the rescue effort and were caught up in the activity.
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