In news that shouldn’t surprise anyone at this point, the launch of Season of the Deep in Destiny 2 hasn’t been the smoothest. The scheduled maintenance period, scheduled to end at 10 a.m. Tuesday, has been extended by one hour. Then they extended it another hour, and then extended it again until it finally started sometime around 12:30 p.m. When players were able to enter the game, many found themselves disconnected from the servers and sent back into orbit. As expected, complaints started flooding the Bungie Help Twitter account.
But the real complaining didn’t start until the servers were stable. On Reddit and Twitter, players have been moaning about all the weapon models being re-released and re-skinned. They started complaining about how slow you move when underwater and the reduced drop rate of Neomun weapons. They mostly complained about the new fishing activity and how it was a waste of time and resources that should have been spent making matches in the pot or bringing back sparrow racing and doing whatever random feature they feel Destiny desperately needs . Is it worth hearing all these valid criticisms? I have no idea, I’m too busy catching fish to care.
Fishing is an essential pastime for any MMO, and it’s crazy to think that Destiny has gone all these years without it. As a World of Warcraft player, fishing has always been an essential part of my routine. I can’t even imagine ending a session without a trip to my favorite fishing hole, and I can already see myself falling into the same rhythm with Destiny’s new take on things.
The value of fishing in an MMO is how casual it is. When you’ve just sweated through a few hours in a Mythic+ dungeon or a few dozen brutal rounds of trials, there’s nothing better than relaxing on the shore and mindlessly casting a line to pick up a bunch of fish. It’s the perfect way to relax because it means almost nothing, but it’s just catchy enough to relax your mind and prepare you to check out for the night.
Bungie was really smart about fishing Destiny. Almost everything you do will net you some bait, and your bait inventory is so large that you don’t have to worry about running out of room. You can do all your ritual activities and whatever challenges you’ve prepared for, and at the end of the night you’ll have a big pile of space worms to catch a fish with. Instead of cooking these fish into fan meals like in other games, Destiny’s fish are dumped into a giant aquarium. As the aquarium fills up over time, you can enjoy the fruits of your labor in a measurable way. Completing triumphs will also unlock new aquarium decorations.
There is also a tool related to fishing. The process is a bit opaque, but it seems that the more you hunt, the better your chance of finding rare fish that will reward you with reissued Reckoning weapons when you add them to your aquarium. You can’t target these weapons with engrams until you find at least one of each type, so fishing is actually an integral step in the gear acquisition loop this season.
Like everyone else, I have my criticisms of Destiny 2, but I’m too into fishing to really care right now. The therapeutic quality of good fishing should not be overlooked, and for a community that has become extremely hostile to wildlife in the past few months, fishing may be just what Destiny needs.
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