The free-for-all Rumble mode has returned in the latest update for Destiny 2, but many fans are none too happy about the new 8-player format and the current spawning system. Bungie has responded to the growing criticism about Rumble, promising that it is looking into solutions.
We're seeing a lot of reports of Rumble spawning being a little crowded in 1.1.4. The devs are discussing possible solutions. Keep the feedback coming.
— Cozmo (@Cozmo23) March 27, 2018
There are plenty of discussions online between Destiny 2 players about what the true “issue” with rumble is. Some are saying that the mode is too crowded because of the increase to 8 players from Destiny 1‘s 6-player Rumble. Others are saying it’s not about the number of players on the map, and that the true problem lies with an imperfect spawn system. Oftentimes players will find that opponents (even ones that were just killed) respawn directly next to or behind them.
Here’s a sampling of what fans are saying:
I feel the need to post this so people don't get deterred from trying D2 update: my issue is with player count/spawns/map size in rumble only.
If they switch to 6 players it might be the best game mode available
PvP has some great updates in many areas you should try yourself!
— Michael Tash (@MTashed) March 27, 2018
2. Rumble spawns are a little wonky, people can spawn right behind you after a fight and you're low. I'd like abilities to charge even faster
— Char (@CharOnTwitch) March 27, 2018
Played about 7 games of rumble and it's pretty exciting. Lots of action and another person is right around the corner every time. With that being said, health regen is too slow and kills need to give you more super energy. Movement speed feels roughly the same to me.
— nKuch (@nKuchGaming) March 27, 2018
Bungie has promised to look into a lot of things and to give players answers to many of their criticisms about Destiny 2, but there is no solid timeframe as to when a fix for Rumble may occur, if at all. The current development and update roadmap has the next patch to the game releasing in May, skipping over the monthly cadence of updates started in January.
Judging from the long stretch between updates that Destiny 2 has generally experienced, it could be quite some time before a fix to either the player count or spawn system in Rumble gets a tweak. The one hope is that things can be fixed server side or in a quick hot fix instead of waiting for one of these larger patches.
The other factor that might help relieve some of the criticisms about the mode for fans is the fact that Rumble is part of a rotating playlist in the Crucible, so it will only be around for this week. It will be replaced in the featured Crucible playlist with Mayhem next week and then the first 6v6 Iron Banner will rotate into the playlist the week after that. It will be interesting to see how the increase in players for Iron Banner will impact play as well, and whether spawns might be an issue in the mode.
Either way, Bungie is continuing to ask fans for feedback and is not shying away from the harshest of criticisms. The developer clearly intends to fix the game and this latest update is a step in that direction.
Destiny 2 and its Curse of Osiris expansion are available now on PC, PS4, and Xbox One.