“Destiny 2 Faction Rally tokens” are throttled in yet another baffling misstep
Destiny 2 Faction Rally tokens: A new Destiny 2 Faction Rally got underway yesterday, and once again an unfathomable decision by Bungie has alienated and angered players. The problem this time is a throttle on faction tokens, the little markers of success that are earned by completing various in-game activities.
Destiny 2 Faction Rally tokens: Tokens are converted to engrams that decrypt into arms, armor, and cosmetics, and also determine the ultimate winner of the rally—whoever collects the most is the best—and Bungie has decided to put a very tight limit on the rate at which they can be earned.
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I encountered this issue myself last night: Lost Sector and Public Event chests simply stopped dropping tokens. Naively, I assumed that it was likely the result of servers struggling to keep up with the spike in demand caused by the start of a new rally. But a quick trip to the Bungie website this morning revealed that it’s actually intended to be working like that.
“We’re aware of player reports about Lost Sectors not granting rewards. There was a throttle added to address an issue in the previous Faction Rallies where players were earning 500 Tokens per hour,” an update to the Faction Rally maintenance notification explains.
“Right now if a player opens more than 2 Chests in a 10 minute period they will not receive additional rewards from Lost Sector chests for 10 minutes. This does not prevent players from completing milestones related to Lost Sector chests.”
Destiny 2 Faction Rally tokens: The reaction on Reddit is not what you’d call enthusiastically in favor of the decision. And understandably so: Destiny 2 is a straight-up shoot-and-loot game, and Faction Rallies are designed specifically to leverage that kind of gameplay. A core element of rallies is raiding Lost Sectors to blow up supplies, but they generally only take a couple of minutes to run through for even mid-level players. They’re made for quick grinding, in a game that’s all about grinding—but now there’s no point to it.
Making the matter even more infuriating is that the throttle may be the result of an issue with the previous Faction Rally. A glitch in a Lost Sector in the EDZ enabled players to farm it at a much faster rate than intended, by exiting and then returning through an unprotected passage, which is why players could earn “500 Tokens per hour”. If that glitch is the culprit—which we don’t know for sure—it’s unclear why Bungie would throttle tokens rather than simply putting in a door. As one clever Redditor described the situation, “We couldn’t fix the door so we demolished the house.”
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Destiny 2 Faction Rally tokens: Some players have also claimed that Public Events weren’t properly dropping faction tokens either, although Bungie community manager Cozmo23 said in this Reddit thread that the throttle is not being applied to PEs. The number of complaints suggests that something isn’t working as it should, but if so then it’s apparently a bug.