It’s no secret that Destiny 2 developer Bungie is up against the wall when it comes to its community. Many of the players that once put in daily hours in Bungie’s world have become frustrated with the state of Destiny 2 and they are looking for some drastic changes.
In an effort to improve Destiny 2 for the future, Bungie has posted a job listing for a ‘Gameplay Specialist’ position. Essentially, the position would be responsible for representing the hardcore Destiny player, testing activities, and communicating what does and doesn’t work in the sequel’s endgame.
The post doesn’t shy away from detailing exactly what Bungie is looking for either; the developer wants a player with a ton of hours in Destiny 1 and 2 and a deep understanding of its systems. Qualifications include experience with all of the classes in Destiny (Hunter, Warlock, Titan) and teaching other players endgame activities.
According to the job listing, the Gameplay Specialist will only be with Bungie for about 3 months, but this could eventually become a longterm position at the developer. Bungie has a long history of hiring hardcore players into forward facing positions; Bungie community manager Cozmo started out as a moderator and frequent poster on the Destiny subreddit.
If we had to guess, the new position will help Bungie tweak new activities planned for the upcoming fall update, which should release around September. Endgame is going to be a big question mark for the add-on, especially given how frustrated players have become with the base game’s current offering. Can Bungie convince players that there will be the depth fitting of a $30 (or more) expansion?
If nothing else, this job posting shows that Bungie is willing to listen to its community members and even bring them onto the development team in order to ensure Destiny 2 can win players back. But the real question is how much influence and experience one player can have?
What many of the Destiny community members have been asking for is a more open development process that includes testing with experienced players. Bring on hardcore PvP fans to help fine tune the Crucible. Let top tier raiders try out the endgame activities and see if they are challenging and rewarding. This Gameplay Specialist position, while temporary, is a good first step, but there is arguably a lot more work to be done.
Destiny 2 is available now for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.