It looks like Bungie may have a few questions to answer, as an investigation into Destiny 2’s XP system has revealed some interesting tricks at play. This week, it has come to light that Destiny 2 may use a ‘dynamic XP’ system, which means players may often be rewarded a lot less than they initially think.
Currently, once you hit the level 20 cap in Destiny 2, the game continues to give you experience points for playing. However, instead of leveling up, you will receive a ‘Bright Engram’ each time you fill the XP bar all the way. These engrams are Destiny’s loot drops and they can be bought for real money this time around, or you can keep grinding the end-game content to earn them through XP gathering.
Over on Reddit, user ‘EnergiserX’ posted details of their investigation into the Destiny 2 XP system after you hit the level 20 cap. It seems that there is a “hidden scaling factor” that will impact how much XP you unlock in a short space of time. The more XP you try and gather in a short space of time, the less each point is worth. According to the post, this scaling factor can “increase at least to the point where you’re only really earning four percent” of the XP you should be getting.
This system is activated in all parts of Destiny 2’s end-game content. For instance, Public Events apparently activate a 50 percent reduction in XP earnings for players who have hit the level cap.
There is no cap on the amount of XP you can earn in Destiny 2. However, this investigation seems to show that you will face diminishing returns depending on how fast you try to earn it.
So far, Bungie has not commented on the report, but it is an interesting look at how the game works. Earning Bright Engrams is still easy enough to do and overall, Destiny 2 is a much more rewarding game compared to the original. However, it seems clear that if these tests are accurate, then Bungie has balanced things in such a way that paying for ‘Silver’ currency will act as a shortcut to better loot.
KitGuru Says: I haven’t felt the need to buy Bright Engrams in Destiny 2 yet, but there is definitely something sneaky about this hidden XP scaling system. It will be interesting to see how Bungie addresses this in the future.