The maintenance window will begin at 10 a.m. ET, at which point people who aren’t already playing will no longer be able to log in to the game’s servers. An hour later, at 11 a.m. ET, all players will be kicked to the title screen. Bungie expects to finish its work at 3 p.m. ET.
While the Destiny 2 servers are undergoing maintenance, Bungie will issue a hotfix that will update the game to version 18.104.22.168. The studio has not yet provided details or patch notes, but acting community manager Dylan “dmg04” Gafner said last week that the update “will address issues related to Iron Banner and Faction Rallies access.”
Presumably, the hotfix will allow Bungie to bring back Destiny 2’s Faction Rally event. The studio postponed the Faction Rally that had been scheduled to run from Dec. 12-19, 2017, so it could issue a patch (version 22.214.171.124) that would open up limited-time events to all Destiny 2 owners.
Bungie’s hotfixes tend to be minor updates that fix bugs and lay the groundwork for bigger changes in the future. Considering the frustration that has been mounting for months in the Destiny 2 community, Bungie’s developers have their work cut out for them. Members of the team have been saying that the studio is gathering and listening to player feedback, and promising that it will share details on future changes early in 2018. The first This Week at Bungie column of the new year seems like a good time to send a strong message.
Update (Jan. 3): Bungie has posted the patch notes for hotfix 126.96.36.199. The update allows Destiny 2 players who don’t own the Curse of Osiris expansion to access the Iron Banner event (when it’s available) and partake in Faction Rallies.