This week at Bungie, we invited you to bear witness to Trials of Osiris.
We assembled a dream team for tripleWRECK to lead, and pitted them against the most dreaded combatants from our Crucible Labs. The rest, as they say, is ancient history:
From the highlight reel:
Our live reveal was merely the capstone for a pyramid of conversation about the Trials of Osiris, and other changes coming to the Crucible. While our pre-made Fireteams were duking it out in a Burning Shrine on Mercury, special guests to our studio were cleared to voice their opinions about what they experienced right here at Bungie. Fan out and find them!
Bungie.net is also home to a new Trials of Osiris event page, along with the rest of our own evolving coverage of what's been said about the House of Wolves. Check it out to see the new maps that will expand your personal war to become a legend in the Crucible.
Keep an eye on those pages. Next week, we're going to prison:
Prison of Elders Reveal
Wednesday, May 6th
11 AM Pacific
Professor Broman has been sentenced to do some hard time. We'll see if he can survive a battle against the inmates. Will he be trapped in there with them? Or will they be trapped in there with him?
Tune in for the answer to those and other questions.
"What about those Crucible changes?"
Shortly before the hunt for the House of Wolves begins on May 19th, all players will download Update 1.2.0 for Destiny. It will be another evolution for the experience you know. Check out this preview of some of the details we released this week, as compiled with Senior Crucible Designer Derek Carroll:
As always, the full suite of changes will be itemized and scrutinized in the Patch Notes. We'll set your expectations for the exact date when all these changes arrive as it draws nearer.
Rise Up, Guardians
"Amazing things can happen when we come together as a community!" says Bungie Foundation Manager Christine Edwards. Right now, we all have a chance to fulfill the role of Guardians, and come to the aid of people in need. Here is her call to action:
CE: On Saturday, April 25th, a magnitude 7.8 earthquake devastated the country of Nepal, leaving thousands dead and tens of thousands homeless and in need of food, medical attention, and shelter. As one of Asia's poorest countries, it has little ability to fund relief efforts and long term reconstruction efforts on its own.
Nepal needs our help.
Right now in the Bungie Store, you'll find a special edition Nepal Aid T-Shirt. For $24.99, you'll receive a t-shirt, a custom in-game shader, and a custom in-game emblem. 100% of the profits will be donated to recognized charities that have direct relief efforts in Nepal. We'll be taking pre-orders of the shirt between now and Sunday, May 24th at 11:59 PM Pacific.
Shirts will be put into production on Monday, May 25th and will begin shipping in early June. In-game items will be distributed in an upcoming feature update later this year. To claim your in-game rewards, you'll receive one Bungie.net redemption code for every shirt you purchase. We'll send it to the email address you provide in the checkout process.
Our team is hammering away on creating these in-game assets. We'll show you that shader as soon as it's locked. The victims of this tragedy need aid now, so we're launching this rescue mission immediately!
Follow @BungieLove for regular updates on this campaign!
This isn't the first time (even in recent history) that our community has made the real world a better place. Christine also has an update on our other fundraising drives:
CE: Thanks to your support in the Men In Kilts campaign, Team Bungie was able to contribute over $17,000 in donations to Ronald McDonald House's Seattle Chapter. The entire competition raised over $83,000! That will provide for 2,767 nights for families to stay close to their children while the receive treatment for what ails them. Incredible! A special shout out to all of you who donated:
Debra Stroehlein; Patrick Smith; Justin Huffman; Lisa Wright; Sophiea Tyler; Billy Hopkins; John-Paul Ballou; Brian Flieg; Michael Moran; Jorge Aponte; Lewis Moody; Paul Hoffmann; Carol Hartman; Melvin Scott; Donald Poche; Adam Stegner; Timothy Wynne; Ace Pratt; Benet Garcia; Brenda Jackson; Clydia Valibeigi; Lindsay Ruiz; Michael Thompson; Barbara Humphrey; Colleen Kigin; Eileen Quenin; Walter Weatherholtz; Andrew Cilento; William Kennedy; Cristian Martinez; Jacob Naegeli; John Guida; Simon O'Leary; Jason McMahon; Douglas Pak; Ryan Pearson; Michael Pryor; Brian Carpenter; Chad Green; Fel Michael Sarno; Fabio Deglinnocenti; Michael Connolly; Jake Giustiniani; Kiel Hawkins; Ethan Hixson; Steven Ferguson; Jacob Maguigad; Jim Hayes; Jacob Taylor; Matthew Churchman; Patrick Dooley; John McElroy; Jonathan Vasquez; Mark Crider; Steve McMaster; Marvin Kuan; Michael Gracie; Brian Wagus; Gary Rektor; Sean Greene; Lance Soales; Randy Ruiz; Timothy Rivers; Skye Knighton; Darrell Bruce; Mike Reimer; Eric Boschert; Jonathan McDonald; Kelly Draughon; Jason Fortunato; Eduardo Olmedo; David Stewart; Christopher Alejo; Sean Naubert;Mat Noguchi; Devin Jenkins; Christine Ohman; Carlos Pimentel; Michael Moutray; Abigail Rogers; Jason Lewis; James Hickey; Benjamin Bretzik; Chia Ma Sing; Theodore Denti; Julian DiAntonio; Chris Stacy; Ryan Pifer; Daniel Bordelon; Christopher Holloway; Peter Eckstein; Jaime Cruz-Morales; Andy Stokes; Irving Alvarez; Mark Flieg; Victor Andrews; Donald Stevens; Robert Ramirez; Manuka Petera; Charles Chester; Chris Poon; Mitchell Rudisel; Rebecca Emery; Brian V. DiRubbio; Warren Wang; Rebecca Emery; Dakota Holder; Sadee Soderlind; Coleman Millar; Mark Wheeler; Michael Moran; Damon Poulin
If you donated $50 or more, keep your eyes peeled for an email from us regarding how to get your mitts on your prizes!
As a reminder, The Gauntlet Tabletop Tournament is raising funds until May 16th for Hopelink. Your generosity has already empowered Team Bungie to raise over $35,000. Those donations will provide nearly 12,000 meals to families in our local community. If you'd still like to donate, head to our team page to make a contribution. Prizes will be distributed the week after the event ends.
Let's Go Dutch
At Bungie, we'll search far and wide for the very best talent to make the games you play. Sometimes, that means bringing a talented guy like Concept Art Lead Jesse Van Dijk over from The Netherlands. Recently, some of his countrymen paid a visit to see how he's been adjusting to life at Bungie.
If you speak Dutch, it's worth a listen. If you just want to meet the guy who has created some of the finest art to shape the world of Destiny, and hear him tell the tale of his migration in his native tongue, check it out. Jesse show's up about six minutes in.
Some words from the man himself:
JVD: Het was erg tof om Valerio en BNN op bezoek te hebben bij Bungie. Wel zeer vreemd om Nederlands te praten achter de schermen bij het devteam van Destiny!"
Translation: It was cool to have Valerio and BNN visit Bungie. Very odd to speak Dutch behind the scenes of the Destiny dev team though!
We're glad you made the trek, Jesse. Looking forward to seeing what comes from your desk next.
The True Meaning of Help
When you're hungry for Iron Banner action, you talk to Lord Saladin. When you need #Help playing Destiny, you talk to Destiny Player Support. This is what they want you to know this week.
This week, Iron Banner is live. We have already seen a few questions arise in our #Help forums that we would like to answer for this special event. Due to a navigation bug with accessing Iron Banner from the Crucible menu this week, the only way to access Iron Banner will be to select it from the Featured Activities panel on the main Director interface. You will not be able to select Iron Banner from your Crucible menu.
Additionally, if you have confirmed you are in an Iron Banner match and did not receive reputation, you may have earned a Medallion instead. More information can be found on our article detailing Iron Banner reputation.
Players have reported that some weapons do not count towards their Iron Banner "Focused Aggression" bounty. Please note that certain Exotic Primaries are still categorized as a Special weapon and will not count for the bounty requirements.
And as always, Lord Saladin is in the Tower ready to reforge your weapon perks. To learn about the Iron Banner reforge system please take a look at our Reforge FAQ.
They don't hang out in the Tower. You'll find them right here on Bungie.net.
Is that seat taken?
There's a wealth of new Destiny content on the YouTubes this week. Beyond the chorus of analysis devoted to Trials of Osiris, there are Guardians who just playing games, and having fun, and committing their finest moments to video. Then, there's this guy...
WINNER: For startling humility.
Nothing awesome happens in that montage - not to the filmmaker at least. That's the whole point. You have to love a good sport. We'll see if each of you can keep such high spirits in the Trials.
That's all for this week. We're having a great time inviting you live to visit the House of Wolves. See you soon. In prison!