The incident occurred on 2nd June 2022, shortly after the devs published their usual weekly blog post, This Week at Bungie. In it, Yanes shared his thoughts on the most recent Solar 3.0 changes, with fans asking on social media if the Destiny 1 Titan armor piece would finally make its way into the sequel.
Destiny 2 devs harassed over exotic armor controversy
In a now-deleted tweet, Yanes explained why Twilight Garrison would never return to Destiny. Its perk, Tactical Air Support, lets Titans dodge in mid-air, a feat that devs want players to associate with the Warlock class. "Titans will never get air dodge back, my guy. It's part of the warlock identity. Sorry but I want to rip that bandaid off," Yanes said.
Soon after his response, plenty of Destiny 2 fans started harassing the developer. As a response, Yanes not only deleted the tweet mentioned above but almost all of them; he even erased any mention of him being a Bungie employee from his biography.
His response to the Twilight Garrison controversy even made its way to the official Destiny 2 subreddit, where toxicity later ensued. The thread had to be locked by moderators to avoid things getting out of control. "Some people can’t help themselves in keeping it civil. Do better out there if that applies to you as it’s not tolerated here or anywhere else," a moderator stated.
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Several Bungie employees took to social media to defend their colleagues, including Senior Community Manager Dmg04. "We will not tolerate harassment of any form, especially in the places we own. We will uphold our code of conduct as often as possible, not only to protect our developers but to help keep our community clean. I can’t help but apologize to anyone who deals with this," he stated via Twitter.
Regardless of how you feel about the balance of Destiny 2 and their current takes on the 3.0 subclasses, harassing of any kind should not be tolerated, especially when the initial dev response was not ill-spirited in the slightest.
In the meantime, there's plenty of content to enjoy in Destiny 2. The Season of the Haunted is only in its second week, so if you're on the fence about trying the game out, we can assure you that now is a perfect time.
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