LFG? Destiny 2 Fireteam Finder Will Help
Here's what you need to know about the Destiny 2 Fireteam Finder beta.
Destiny 2 is bringing an in-game team finder that will help you find players with similar goals to raid with. This was revealed in the blog post “This week in Destiny” (TWID) on 22nd November 2023. Among other information related to cutscene archive updates, armor mod updates, exotic armor, and a CD Projekt Red collab, there’s a mention of Fireteam Finder beta which was a highly requested feature by players.
Destiny 2 Fireteam Finder Test Date and Time
The first public Raids Stress Test of the group finding tool will be available on November 30 starting at 9 AM PST and will end on the same day at 5 PM PST. However, there is a chance that they might have to end it early depending on various issues that could occur.
Once Bungie collects data regarding how it functioned, players can expect the next testing stage in December.
After changes and adjustments, it could be live at the end of January 2024.
Here’s a snippet from the blog post that mentions this group finder feature:
After almost two years of hard work, we will start Fireteam Finder’s beta test shortly after Season of the Wish launches.
This first test will focus only on raids. Be aware that this is one of the most ambitious launches we've had for Destiny in a long time, so please be patient and share with us all your feedback, so we can work the gremlins out of the system. Our goal with this launch is clear: to ensure Fireteam Finder scales properly for millions of players and to deliver a world-class LFG tool for all activities in the near future.
In another post, they talk about needing hundreds of thousands of people to properly test this social feature.
Typically, we’ll run a “Bungie Beta” for a social feature before it goes live to gain confidence in our releases.
In a Bungie Beta, we limit access to employees, with some aspects of the feature live in the public game for all Destiny 2 players so that we can test it out. In the past, we’ve done this for Cross Save, Bungie Friends list, and Cross Play. Famously, we may have let everyone in on our Cross Play Bungie Beta for a day or two, allegedly. Oops.
What are the Goals of this Fireteam Finder Beta?
Here’s what the team at Bungie shared:
Prove that Fireteam Finder scales to millions of players.
Protect the start of Season of the Wish.
Protect the dungeon launch.
Ex: Reserve the ability to accelerate or halt the beta test based on new information.
Deliver a first-class Fireteam Finder for all activities by The Final Shape.
Ex: Adhere to a schedule of multiple testing phases that progressively refine the new feature.
How to Use the Fireteam Finder in Destiny 2?
There are two ways to find the Fireteam Finder in-game:
- Via the Director using the Roster tab.
- Via the Fireteam Finder access point available on every activity’s launch screen.
In both cases, you can search for a Fireteam or create a listing using options to specify the group you want to build.
Until this in-game team finder is ready, the website and companion app’s group finding systems will stay up. Plus, players can also continue using Discord for this purpose.
Devs are also working on an out-of-game group finder that’s fully integrated with the in-game system to make the lives of players easier. This won’t be available during the early beta period.