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Destiny updated to 1.0.3 with 2.44 GB patch for voice chat, new bounty slots and more

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Destiny developer Bungie updated the game today, bringing it up to version 1.0.3 with a massive patch that adds fan-requested features such as a beta for voice chat in matchmaking.

Players are reporting that the patch weighs in at 2.44 GB, and that the required update is kicking them out of active sessions so the game can download and install the package.

As Bungie mentioned last week, the 1.0.3 patch is the first in a series of updates coming in the lead-up to the Dec. 9 release of Destiny's first expansion, The Dark Below. The most notable feature in today's patch is the addition of an opt-in voice channel for team chat during matchmade strikes and Crucible rounds. Bungie also doubled the number of bounty slots from five to 10 with the update, and gave players the ability to preview emblems and armor shaders.

In addition, the update changes the nature of Destiny's Iron Banner: Fireteam leaders must now be at least at level 20, and players will need to be within three levels of opponents to be competitive. In addition, players below level 20 will need to accompany a Fireteam leader in order to enter. Bungie noted that the next Iron Banner event is going live at some point in the future, not today.

Other tweaks in the 1.0.3 update include a 10-15 percent increase in the incidence of public events, the addition of descriptions for skull modifiers to the Navigation Mode screen, and the usual host of fixes for bugs and exploits. For more details, check out Bungie's full patch notes.