In an effort to give PvE players a better overall experience, Destiny 2 is lowering its inactivity requirement before kicking players to orbit. Now, players that sit idle in a Strike playlist for 3 minutes will be removed from the activity and replaced by an active player.
On the one hand, this sounds like a positive change for Destiny 2’s Strike playlist, as it will alleviate the burden of having to “carry” inactive players through the PvE encounters. Oftentimes players chose to go AFK during a Strike they don’t like in order to let the other two players complete the activity, and eventually, they show up at the end to collect the rewards.
Obviously, players that want to gain rewards with minimal effort can still exploit this system by faking activity, but this is certainly a good start. Any Destiny player that has spent a good chunk of time with the game knows the pain of having to complete a strike with only 2 players because one is sitting idle at the start. This is especially frustrating when trying to grind for unique strike rewards since those items only drop at the very end.
In response to recent player feedback, we are reducing the amount of time it takes for players to be returned to Orbit due to inactivity in Strike playlists. Players will now be removed after 3 minutes of inactivity.
If you encounter issues, please report to the #Help forum.
— Bungie Help (@BungieHelp) April 6, 2018
Where this system might come under fire is when players are running Strike playlists with friends. In that scenario, a player might choose to leave for a few minutes and their teammates are okay carrying the weight for a little bit. They know the player is going to return and help. Unfortunately, if that player is gone for more than 3 minutes now, they will be kicked back to orbit and the team will get a new player.
Of course, there will be players saying, “What if I want to step away for a few minutes?” The answer is to simply leave the playlist and jump back in when you return. No one likes to load up a Strike and see a player standing still at the beginning.
Ultimately, this is a small quality of life change, but one that could go a long way towards making the PvE experience a little more fun for the average solo player. Running with randoms is always going to be a crapshoot, but knowing that teammates are less likely to sit idle should lead to less frustration.
Destiny 2 is available now for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.