Bungie shared news of a matchmaking update headed to the new Iron Banner multiplayer event that will be featured this week. The information comes as the developer has faced mounting criticism for how it has handled the shooter in Year Two, and how it has communicated changes with fans.
The latest Iron Banner kicks off on Tuesday, January 26, at 10 AM PST. A day later, at 10 AM on January 27, the new matchmaking settings will go into effect. Bungie says these “assign more emphasis to connection quality. These changes will be made in an effort to reduce lag. There will still be some consideration given to matching you with worthy adversaries, but that’s a thing we’ve done since Destiny first shipped.”
“In light of recent feedback from the community, it’s very clear that we have more work to do,” wrote community manager DeeJ. “As that work progresses, I’d also like to pledge that you’ll be more included in that process.”
“As always, we’ll be monitoring the state of the Crucible for stability and improvement,” Bungie said of this week’s update. “If all goes well, we intend to deploy the new matchmaking settings to more Crucible playlists over time. And, in keeping with this trend, we’ll be sure to let you know. This is the continuation of a conversation in which you influence the development of Destiny.”
A small Valentine’s Day event called Crimson Days will start in early February following the conclusion of Iron Banner.