Destiny 2 players call for major changes to “stale” Seasonal Activity grind

Andrew Highton
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Guardians are becoming frustrated with Destiny 2’s continued approach to Seasonal Activity upgrades for Vendors, and Season of the Splicer has proved to be the tipping point.

Each new season of Destiny 2 usually comes with the same kind of baggage for Guardians to unpack. This includes new Exotic Weapons, a new Artifact, a Battle Pass, and most recently, Weekly Challenges.

One thing that players have become accustomed to is the prospect of grinding to upgrade the season’s new Vendor item. Players are complaining that the requirements are basically a drag, and want Bungie to change them going forward.

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The impassioned stance shown by Reddit user iblaise has been received by a large portion of the Destiny 2 community who agree with the user’s thoughts.

iblaise said, “I’m sure we all let out a big sigh when we saw the Splicer Gauntlet’s upgrade tree this Season, and how familiar it looks to the War Table, Variks’s Sabotage, the Prismatic Recaster, the Seraph Bunkers, and the Sundial Obelisks.

“Yes, that’s right, every season since Season of Dawn, we’ve had to upgrade these systems by doing specific Activities related to those Seasons (excluding Variks, which was more general Europa content).”

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The post has attracted nearly 10k upvotes with several hundred comments all agreeing with the notion of altering the “vendor with three rows to upgrade” system.

“When The Witch Queen releases though, I really hope we can move slowly away from this model, or at least not rely on it every single season. All it has done, at least for me, is make each Season feel like more of a slog when it’s basically the same thing over and over,” continued iblaise.

Destiny 2’s activities are usually fun, such as the new Override activity which the Splicer Gauntlet benefits from the most, but endlessly grinding them can become tiresome.

One of the top comments said, “Menagerie was the peak of D2 in my opinion – perfect balance of puzzles, punishment, and reward. It helps it existed before Champions…I never felt like I was fighting for kills with other players, difficulty scaled quite well with power level – the different bosses also really helped to make things different each week.”

Given that the upgrade tree has been largely consistent for the past few seasons now, you do wonder if Bungie will deviate from the model. But if feedback like this continues, then the devs may have no choice but to come up with something fresh ahead of The Witch Queen expansion.

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