'Destiny 2' free trial to kick off this week

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However, instead of leveling up, you will receive a "Bright Engram" each time you fill the XP bar all the way. Bright Engrams are something that can be purchased with real-world money, naturally sparking speculation that this scaling system is meant to prevent players from earning Bright Engrams for free too quickly.

It's notable that the free trial for Bungie's latest shooter arrives just days before the first expansion for the game is due to arrive; Curse of Osiris is the first DLC expansion for Destiny 2 and is set to arrive on December 5.

Using the third-party app Destiny Item Manager (DIM) and a spreadsheet, Reddit user EnergiserX calculated how much experience the game said they were earning versus how much progress was actually being made on the in-game progress bar. Destiny 2 is available now for PS4, Xbox One, and PC.

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Following that data, Bungie confirmed that it did have a system in place to scale experience gains behind the scenes, but that the system was "not performing in the way we'd like it to".

Since this aspect of the game is how Bungie and publisher Activision are milking extra cash from players they have likely designed the game to encourage players to pay more, and they did this by slowing down XP earning rates behind-the-scenes. Coupled with the community outrage over the issue, the studio immediately deactivated it at the end of last week so you should already see the changes in your recent gameplay sessions. Over the course of the next week, we will be watching and reviewing XP game data to ensure that these changes meet our expectations, as well as yours.

While a positive change, even this move has been met with some controversy.

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