Free-to-play online MMO looter shooter Fate 2published in 2017, is one of my favorite video games. I play it all the time. I have several characters. I own all the past seasons. It is fantastic. But I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t worried about the future of the game, which with each passing season, it seems to become more prone to breaking. In fact, as I write this very paragraph around 4:00 PM on January 24th, the game will remain offline as Bungie continues to investigate the latest issue. Meanwhile, many players are hoping for a brand new engine and game, likely in the form of Fate 3. But things are never that simple.
Earlier today, Fate 2 was taken offline across all platforms as Bungie investigated players losing progress on Triumphs and Seals, which act as in-game achievements and challenges. It’s certainly not the end of the world, but a few last week players reported losing their characters along with all their progress and items. And before that, it was a new mission that didn’t update properly for players. And before that it was something else. In 2023, after years of updates, expansions and more, it feels like Fate 2 begins to buckle under its own weight.
Taking a look at Bungie’s official support account on Twitter-which updates frequently to let players know about upcoming patches, server issues, and other important information about Fate 2– you can find a bunch of tweets that are the equivalent of Bungie saying “Hey, this isn’t working. We’re trying to fix it. More info later.” Online games not working every day is not new and it is not a problem that only exists Fate 2. But starting to become a more widespread problem with the aging shooter. Looking at that support account, many of the tweets about bugs or broken missions aren’t weeks apart, but only a few days or less.
Anecdotally, my time playing Fate 2 lately has been more buggy than ever. This new season brought both cool new heist missions and weird lag that I’ve never seen before. I’m still running into the problem that the game doesn’t count every PvP match, making us play more to complete challenges and weekly quests. And I just accepted that in-game bounties tied to kills, missions, or other activities don’t always update like they should. In fact, the more I think about it, the more I realize that I and other players I know have just gotten used to Fate 2 not to be reliable. And it seems to be getting worse, not better, as the game expands and adds more layers and systems.
Look online and you’ll quickly see players suggesting that Bungie should move on to a theoretical Fate 3, a game that is likely to happen – and may already be in development – but has not been confirmed. During today’s extended downtime, Fate 3 was trending on Twitter as players argued over the shooter’s future and stability. For some, the idea of a new engine and fresh shale felt promising, giving hope that it would solve many of the Destiny 2′s problems. Others pointed out to a brand new game is not easy to make or simple to launch, and will likely lack features or content at release. Plus, there is no guarantee it would solve all the new problems.
Personally, I think a new one Fate would probably be a good step to take. It could allow the developers to make something more flexible and able to handle the type of events they’ve spent years creating and perfecting. But I’m also not naive enough to think it would solve everything or be easy to create. Still, I get the frustration the players feel Fate 2 remains consistently inconsistent.
Like an old PC or blender, Fate 2 most of it works, but it’s covered in duct tape, dents and dirt. And every once in a while you have to kick it or mess with the cord to get it to start. Sure, it still rumbles to life for now, but you’ll probably have to replace it one day. And with Fate 2I have a feeling Bungie will slam the tape for as long as it takes Fate 2 to survive through the end of its planned run, which will likely see the final season arrive in 2024. Before that, well, I don’t know. Hopefully by then the game will at least feel more stable and reliable, not worse.