Following Destiny 2‘s launch back in September 2017, Bungie caught a lot of flak from fans when it chose to implement a content lockout for Iron Banner and Faction Rallies if players lacked the game’s Curse of Osiris DLC. Now, however, it seems as if the activities are open to all Guardians once more thanks to the recent release of the science fiction shooter’s latest patch, Hotfix 126.96.36.199.
Rather than use the Hotfix to address any bugs or exploits, the latest update for Destiny 2 deals exclusively with Bungie’s prior decision to bar those who didn’t purchase Curse of Osiris from playing the content they previously had access to. As a matter of fact, the patch notes are incredibly brief, for they only consist of two headers with two single sentences apiece, as they both read, “Players who do not own Curse of Osiris may once again access” Iron Banner and Faction Rallies.
While most Destiny 2 fans will likely see the changes brought about by Hotfix 188.8.131.52 as a step in the right direction for Bungie in 2018, it’s worth mentioning how unfair it is that players without Curse of Osiris were locked out of Iron Banner and Faction Rallies in the first place. Sure, this update from the studio is an extension of goodwill from Bungie to Destiny 2‘s user base, but it remains to be seen if this move will bring lapsed players back into the fold.
Although Iron Banner and Faction Rallies are now available again to all players, many fans would argue that Bungie still has a lot of work left to do in order to restore Destiny 2 to its former glory when it released. The studio has acknowledged that there’s “a lot to talk about in 2018” in regards to what’s on the agenda for the game’s post-launch lifespan. Of course, actions often speak louder than words, and Guardians will be surely be watching Bungie’s every move very closely from here on out.
Destiny 2 is available now for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.