If you’re a Destiny 2 player, you’ve likely noticed a shift in communication from Bungie, whose staff have been naturally open about chatting about the game, and we’ll get huge, deep TWABs or statuses from relatively frequency game posts. Reactions on Twitter or in reddit threads about game details were common.
but now? Most of it stopped. The dozens of Bungie employees I follow are mostly just tweets about personal things, and if there’s anything to do with the company, they usually share open job listings. There is almost no direct interaction around the game itself.
This is on purpose.
In response to a response in a reddit thread about how players missed hearing Bungie in the subreddit like they used to, the DMG community manager explained exactly what was going on, and why this was not an accident, and was not meant to be a punishment.
“Here’s the thing, the harassment we’ve spoken to isn’t just rude replies on Twitter or vague comments. There have been real threats towards our staff and studio. We take them very seriously, resulting in some amount of reduced communications as the team plans future protections/strategies to help avoid These kinds of things.
I will be very clear in saying that I appreciate the studio for how much they have helped me personally after some serious harassment towards me and my family. I’m taking a vacation partly because of this. Just because you can’t see it live in a particular tweet or forum reply doesn’t mean it didn’t happen…
I agree – it’s sad that we haven’t had a lot of interaction here lately. The team is planning ways to connect with all of you – some of those plans I’m really looking forward to when I get back to them.
I can assure you that many members of the team check the threads every day and talk about your feedback.“
The DMG itself may be the prime example of this, as he is now on personal leave he says, in part due to the very serious harassment losses he and his family have received simply as the game’s community manager. A recent lawsuit over Bungie cited a toxic player who personally threatened DMG directly and said he would approach him and not be “safe”.
Now, Bungie seems to be rethinking communication as a whole given how unsustainable it is with not just salty players concerned about the game’s issues, but actual threats. These days, TWABs are light, social media interaction is reduced or gone and drops of information seem to condense into things like a pre-recorded Lightfall show that happens within a month, with no “huge news” planned ahead of that.
This has some real implications for the game itself. For example, now that Twitter sandbox leader Kevin Yannis has been stalked by angry fans about no stranger returning, that may not translate to us not getting any actual detailed information about arc 3.0 prior to launch, and like Solar 3.0, it may just be Access to the live game.
Bungie’s connections have been one of their strongest avenues as a developer, but they simply don’t believe the same kind of transparency is possible given the real threats they faced without some big fix.
So, things are currently on hold. I think the directive probably does not discuss the details of the game content on social media at the moment until they discover new, more protective policies. And that’s why it’s so quiet here.
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