Fans who have wanted matchmaking for the Weekly Heroic Strike missions in Destiny will soon have to wait no longer. Bungie.net announced in its weekly update earlier this week that Update 1.1.1 for Destiny will incorporate matchmaking for the Weekly Heroic Strike activity. In the past, fans have asked about matchmaking for activities in Destiny for activities such as the Nightfall Strikes, Raids and Weekly Heroic Strikes. However, that soon will all change with the matchmaking for the Weekly Heroic Strikes.
Previously, Bungie held firm on the notion that the more difficult activities demanded the attention of a cohesive, pre-assembled group. Things changed after Destiny Design Lead M.E. Chung said that Bungie observed that Weekly Heroic strikes “don’t demand the same cooperation of a cohesive pre-made group.” Chung added, “The overwhelming community response was such that many players didn’t have the numbers on their friends list to experience the activity on a weekly basis.”
Bungie confirmed that the matchmaking change will not be applied to Nightfall or Raid activities. However, Chung did discuss that Bungie was looking at ways to make finding groups for Raids and Nightfalls easier in “future releases.”
Other tweaks players can expect for Update 1.1.1 include Xur not forgetting to bring his exotic Engrams and Iron Banner working as originally promised. According to Bungie, that means that Iron Banner will have a greater variety of maps in its rotation and new Bounties to give players better control on which weapon they can use to complete them. According to Destiny community manager, David “Deej” Dague, “We were hoping that one would have arrived before the current event.” I assume that means they hoped it would, but it did not for the current Iron Banner event. Strikes and Crucible Maps are supposed to repeat themselves less when players stay in a matchmaking playlist with their Fireteam. Finally, Grimoire Cards for Destiny should drop when players expect them to drop.
The Destiny Update 1.1.1 is slated to drop some time this month.