Following the latest round of maintenance, a new update is now available for Destiny 2 on PC, PS4, and Xbox One, while the new Faction Rally event is live. As expected, the hotfix patch doesn’t make any sweeping changes, though it does make an important tweak for some players. Here’s exactly what it does.
The patch notes consist of only a single sentence: “Players who do not own Curse of Osiris now have the ability to earn Season 2 rewards within Faction Rallies and Iron Banner.” This was an expected adjustment, but it’s nonetheless good news for anyone without the first DLC expansion, Curse of Osiris.
Bungie’s plans for seasonal content were originally much different and would have required players to purchase DLC to continue accessing them. This resulted in a great deal of anger in December after the release of Curse of Osiris, when non-DLC players suddenly found they had access to less of the game than before. The month’s Faction Rally event was canceled as Bungie worked to reverse course on how seasonal content would work. However, The Dawning went on as planned, albeit with all players allowed to participate.
As a result of that cancellation, we have not seen a Faction Rally or Iron Banner event since the start of Season 2, which began with Curse of Osiris’s release. The first Season 2 Faction Rally is now underway, bringing with it new gear for players to earn. Season 2’s first Iron Banner will begin later this month, on January 30.
Many other changes are on the way to Destiny 2 in the future, including a rework for mods and the addition of Masterwork armor. Bungie also intends to alter how Eververse microtransactions and Bright Engrams work, and it has plans for a variety of quality-of-life improvements.