Bungie.net has been dark for many months after they handed over the reigns of the Halo franchise to 343. A week after the new year had arrived the web monkeys at Bungie took the site down into read-only for two days in order to perform “preparatory maintenance”. This got the Bungie community buzzing in anticipation, some hoping that the new era of Bungie.net (coined “Bungie.next” by some) would be ushered in after this maintenance was complete. Others weren’t holding their breath as Bungie has been known to perform maintenance like this and have most changes be server side and nothing the public would notice.
This maintenance was completed on the 9th and we were told that the doors to Bungie.net would re-open the following day. All of your anxious community members went to sleep, for the darkness was to be broken in the overnight hours. While no information on Bungie’s next project believed to be called Destiny was unveiled, the new era of Bungie.net did arrive to the surprise of many community members.
As you can see, quite the change happened between the old and new versions of the site. The main blog originally used the forums for users to discuss the news, but as the darkness approached Bungie stopped using the news forum for discussion; thus essentially eliminating the ability to discuss news. The redesign brought with it a comment section for news articles much like those used on major news sites.
One of the most debated topics with the new update is the complete overhaul in forum design. Originally there were sub-forums that served the purpose for off-topic threads, discussion about the community in general and there were various other forums for games Bungie had developed in the past.
Now, there is one single forum that contains all the topics that are posted. The way to sort through topics now involves Twitter style hashtags and categories that display threads by most recent reply or by most popular threads first.
Private groups also got some love in this update, albeit not as much as many were hoping for. They adopted the new forum, but instead of being kept to a private forum; group admins now have the ability to have threads posted in their own group be visible on the main forum. Bungie stated the reasoning behind this was they wanted give groups the ability to be “more discoverable”.
Over the most recent years a good amount of discussion has been put into how the sign in system will change with this update since Bungie split from Microsoft. Would the age-old Windows LIVE ID still be used? How would PlayStation Network users be able to sign in if Destiny is multiplatform? That was all fixed with the ability to sign into your Bungie.net account with your PlayStation Network ID, a Facebook account and even a Google account. The old fashioned method of signing in via a Windows LIVE ID/Microsoft Account is still around however.
A new Facebook styled notifications system was added in this update. A lot of users have been clamoring for this feature for years as it would provide a very easy way to keep track of replies to your own thread.
Rumors are floating around that the darkness is nearing its end on Destiny, many of it includes possibly hearing our first solid details around March. A rather large amount of community members believe that the silence could be broken sooner with this new site update. We here at Inside View hope that the silence is broken soon as well.