Status Update: Rise of Iron Changes

Hello Guardians,

With less than a week left for the next major expansion of Destiny, it is time to talk about the status of the current app and upcoming changes with the Rise of Iron.

First and foremost; with the August Update; Bungie has officially stopped supporting the legacy consoles; namely PS3 and Xbox 360. Therefore, from this day forward Where is Xur? will show the location of Xur only for the PS4 and Xbox One players. PS3 and Xbox 360 are no longer supported. I am sorry for the inconvenience.

As opposed to what happened last year with The Taken King release; info about the new exotic items is not released yet. Although we know a few of them from the live streams; we are still missing the majority. As soon as the the info (icons etc.) is released and made available; their data will be added to the app and updates for iOS and Android will be released.

Apart from the Rise of Iron related developments here are a few things changing:

  • The current app gets confused trying to determine the price of the hybrid items such as Universal Remote (Primary & Shotgun) and No Land Beyond (Primary & Sniper). Prices for these items are corrected.
  • Official support for Android 7 (Nougat)
  • Various wording & visual bug fixes

This means that; unless the new exotic items are released (real) soon; we will be welcoming Xur for his first (and maybe at most second) arrival of year 3 with the current version of the app.

In this case; how should we expect the app to behave?

  • Xur’s location will be shown correctly; may he appear in Tower, Vestian Outpost or Felwinter Peak.
  • Xur’s inventory will be shown correctly. Names of the new items will be shown.
  • Item icons and prices of the new items will not be shown.

Please bear with me while I am waiting for the info about the new exotics to drop. I will update the app for iOS and Android as soon as possible.

 

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iOS Client Update and Other Cool Things to Come

Hello Guardians,

Last week, the iOS-people received their update packed with cool new features. (They also received a bug-fix update shortly after)

In summary:

  • Push notifications are live for iOS users. Users will be notified when Xur the Almighty arrives and when voting for Guardian Wishlist is open. Sorry this took a long time to implement; however the push notification system of iOS is nuts compared to Android.
  • In-app Purchases: You might be wondering what possible could be bought within Where is Xur? Well, the freedom not to see ads for a lifetime of course. The option to pay for removing ads was frequently being  asked by users; so I decided to implement it. To remove ads just go to the “Preferences” and follow the instructions. Please note that this is COMPLETELY OPTIONAL. Where is Xur? is still FREE to use – just like you are used to.

iOS Simulator Screen Shot 27 May 2016 23.50.51

 

 

What is Next?

Now that iOS is out of the way and put to rest; it is time to focus on the beloved Android. Although I won’t be able to work on the new version of Android until the 3rd week of June; here are the first things to change / implement:

  • Android client is receiving notifications only when Xur arrives. Why not when voting is open?
  • In-app Purchases: Android users also asked for the ability to remove ads -like a lot! After I sort some bureaucratic stuff with Uncle Google; I will be implementing this feature for Android, too.
  • I also aim to increase the stability of the app for the latest Android version. Android 6 or M. (aka Marshmallow)

 

And What is Next after “What is Next”?

I always wanted to make Guardian Wishlist more engaging. However that would take a good amount of time. I will have that time this summer and I will work on Guardian Wishlist to make it even more fun. On the top of my head; there is the social-media sharing feature. As of now; you can vote and see the most voted items of the week. You cannot see the list of the items you voted for this week. The first step will be to be able to see what you voted for this week. The natural next step will be sharing this glorious list of yours on the social media of your choice.

Who knows; we can even incorporate some gamification mechanism and let people earn points for correctly guessing what Xur will bring on a particular week(end).

Just keep your auto-update for Where is Xur? open.

– Serkan

 

Changes to Xur in The Taken King

Hello Guardians,

As we get closer to the release date of the The Taken King; (09.15.2015) information on the the next major expansion is literally pouring down on us. I am calling The Taken King as an expansion; rather than DLC as the content is far richer compared to the first two DLCs and the price tag is twice the price of a regular DLC.

This post however; will only deal with the news and changes concerning our beloved friend; Xur.  Keep in mind that I will update this post as new information about him surfaces.

So this is what we know so far about the changes concerning Xur:

  • A new consumable item called The Three of Coins will be added to Xur’s inventory. It  basically increases the chances of you getting an exotic drop next time you face a boss.
  • There won’t be any new social spaces; hence Xur’s spawn locations can be thought to stay the same.

Guardian Wishlist Statistics and the Gjallarhorn Issue

Hello Guardians,

Since its introduction in March 24; the Guardian Wishlist feature of the Where is Xur? app has been welcomed by you dear Guardians.

Though the voting itself does not have an effect on what Xur actually brings the next week; it is a fun way to keep track of what you want Xur Almighty to bring and see what the majority expects and wishes him to bring.

Today I will share some statistics of the wishlist votes. This is purely for entertainment purposes and for people like me who like to play around with numbers.

But first let’s talk about the “Gjallarhorn Issue” and my suggestion to solve this problem.

The Gjallarhorn Issue

Everybody loves Gjallarhorn. Everybody wants a Gjallarhorn. It is simply the best gun in the game. It reduces the most challenging encounters into a child’s play.

It is also infamous for evading people for months. That naturally makes it also the most wanted weapon in Guardian Wishlist.

The problem is that; since the day Guardian Wishlist has been available; it has been the #1 weapon. This has not changed even once with its amazing percentage of 24-25% stable every week. However, this also makes it boring and unfair for all those other people who voted for other guns. They are never able to see how many votes other guns are getting.

So what is the solution? The solution is simple: we kill the Batman.

Nope; that’s not the solution. The solution is to make the items with the most items clickable so that it will take us to another page where we will be able to see the top 5 items of that category. Gjallarhorn may sit on the top for how long it pleases; but we will be able to see how good are the other guns performing, too. This is the first thing on my to-do list; but I don’t have an ETA at the moment.

“But wait. Bungie stated that Xur will never sell Gjallarhorn again. Why don’t you just take it off the list?”

This is the most common comment I am getting on Instagram and from Google Play user reviews.

This is wrong!

Bungie has never officially stated that Xur will never sell Gjallarhorn again. At most, they -may- have implied it. Why would they? Why would they deliberately kill the hopes of people who are waiting for this weapon? Why would they make people hopeless for this weapon and let the quit the game on purpose?

Besides, with the new nerf wave; Ghorn is getting a nerf. We don’t know how a game-changing nerf it will be; but I am sure that it will be a harsh one; because Bungie is unhappy that everyone is just Gjallarhorn’ing everything, instead of playing the encounters the way they design them to be played. I am 99,99% sure that after the nerf hits, Gjallarhorn will be brought by Xur in a couple of months. Wasn’t this the case with Suros Regime?

This is all about Yolohorn. Now let’s see some statistics.

Guardian Wishlist Statistics (As of 07/18/2015)

General

  • Total number of Votes Cast: 829.595
    • Weapon Votes Cast: 264.799 (32%)
    • Warlock Votes Cast: 195.283 (24%)
    • Hunter Votes Cast: 192.310 (23%)
    • Titan Votes Cast: 177.126 (21%)
  • Day of Week with Least Votes Cast: Wednesday
  • Day of Week with Most Votes Cast: Thursday
  • Average Votes per Day: 7.091
  • Most Votes Cast in One Day: 25.196
  • Android Votes: 596.663 (72%)
  • iOS Votes: 233.013 (28%)

Demographics

  • Top 10 Countries with the Most Sessions Started:
    1. United States: 63,02%
    2. United Kingdom: 7,10%
    3. Germany: 10,314%
    4. Canada: 3,82%
    5. Italy: 3,11%
    6. Brazil: 2,56%
    7. France: 2,33%
    8. Mexico: 1,70%
    9. Australia: 1,31%
    10. Spain: 1,20%
  • Top 10 Cities with the Most Sessions Started:
    1. London: 1,72%
    2. New York: 1,64%
    3. Houston: 1,44%
    4. Los Angeles: 1,32%
    5. Dallas: 1,24%
    6. Chicago: 1,20%
    7. Atlanta: 0,83%
    8. Milan: 0,69%
    9. Sao Paulo: 0,64%
    10. San Francisco:  0,63%
  • Top 10 Items with the Most Votes (Regardless of their Category)
    1. Gjallarhorn: 71.496 (8,62%)
    2. Ice Breaker: 41.173 (4,96%)
    3. Mask of the Third Man: 39.314 (4,73%)
    4. Helm of Saint-14: 38.308 (4,62%)
    5. Light Beyond Nemesis: 35.124 (4,23%)
    6. Obsidian Mind: 34.560 (4,17%)
    7. Don’t Touch Me: 26.799 (3,23%)
    8. Skull of Dire Ahamkara: 25.426 (3,07%)
    9. Radiant Dance Machines: 23.512 (2,83%)
    10. Sunbreakers: 23.371 (2,83%)
  • Top 10 Items for Weapons (Total Number of Votes: 264.799)
    1. Gjallarhorn: 71.496 (8,62%)
    2. Ice Breaker: 41.173 (4,96%)
    3. Hawkmoon: 23.366 (8,82%)
    4. The Last Word: 21.537 (8,13%)
    5. Red Death: 18.166 (6,86%)
    6. Suros Regime: 16.954 (6,40%)
    7. The 4th Horseman: 10.570 (3,99%)
    8. Monte Carlo: 10.253 (3,87%)
    9. Patience and Time: 9.114 (3,44%)
    10. No Land Beyond: 8.798 (3,32%) – Trolls 🙂
  • Top 10 Items for Titans
    1. Helm of Saint-14: 38.308 (21.63%)
    2. The Glasshouse: 22.956 (12,96%)
    3. Helm of Inmost Light: 21.447 (12,11%)
    4. Ruin Wings: 21.295 (12,02%)
    5. The Armamentarium (19,513%)
    6. Crest of Alpha Lupi: 13.067 (7,38%)
    7. No Back-up Plans: 12.325 (6,96%)
    8. An Insurmountable Skullfort: 12.045 (6,80%)
    9. MK. 44 Stand Asides: 9.322 (5,26%)
    10. ACD/0 Feedback Fence: 3,500 (1,98%)
  • Top 10 Items for Hunters
    1. Mask of the Third Man: 39.314 (20,44%)
    2. Don’t Touch Me: 26.799 (13,94%)
    3. Radiant Dance Machines: 23.512 (12,23%)
    4. Young Ahamkara’s Spine: 20.997 (10,92%)
    5. Achlyophage Symbiote: 19.360 (10,07%)
    6. ATS/8 Arachnid: 13.675 (7,11%)
    7. Crest of Alpha Lupi: 13.542 (7,04%)
    8. Knucklehead Radar: 11.974 (6,23%)
    9. Lucky Raspberry: 10.916 (5,68%)
    10. Bones of Eao: 5.484 (2,85%)
  • Top 10 Items for Warlocks
    1. Light Beyond Nemesis: 35.124 (17,99%)
    2. Obsidian Mind: 34.560 (17,70%)
    3. Skull of Dire Ahamkara: 25.426 (13,02%)
    4. Sunbreakers: 23.371 (11.97%)
    5. Claws of Ahamkara: 15.461 (7,92%)
    6. Voidfang Vestments: 15.056 (7,71%)
    7. Starfire Protocol: 12,763 (6,54%)
    8. Apotheosis Veil: 11.271 (5,77%)
    9. Heart of Praxic Fire: 10.523 (5,39%)
    10. The Ram: 8.178 (4.19%)

New Major Update: Upgrades, Curios, Item Prices and Guardian Wishlist

Here we are with another patch released for both Android and iOS.

This upgrade further increases the Xur information you can get from the app as well as a totally new feature to see what the guardians all over the world wish for the most.

Here are the patch notes:

– More Information: You can now see the upgrades and consumable items Xur is offering.
– Prices: Prices of exotic items and consumables are added.
– Guardian Wishlist: You can now vote for the exotic items you wish Xur to bring next week. You can also see what other Guardians wish for the most.

ANDROID ONLY
– Push Notifications: You may choose to receive notifications when Xur arrives to the Tower.

New Major Update Released – What is New with “Where is Xur?” Version 1.1.0?

Hello Guardians,

It has been quite some time since Where is Xur? the app received any updates. That is because we were preparing for a major overhaul of the app.

Where is Xur? was a perfectly functional app in terms of delivering what it promised. The exact location of Xur and his exotic items inventory; however the look & feel and the general UI layout of the app was less than ideal. We fixed that. With the help of my dear friend Jared van Eck (@jared_dean on Instragram), who is a talented web designer, we now have a whole new UI for the app. We also have some new cool features. So, now let’s see what is new:

  • The All-New UI: Sleek touch & feel.
  • Xur’s Arrival Time in your Local Timezone: You can now see the time Xur will return in your own timezone.
  • Icons of Exotic Items: You can now see the in-game icons of the exotic items Xur sells.
  • Reduced Network Usage: Network usage has been dramatically reduced.
  • New App Icon to reflect the new UI design.

Now, here are the screens: where is xur the app new screenswhere is xur the app new screens

Android Update (Version 1.0.2) Released

A new update for android (version 1.0.2) has been released. This update is mainly a bug-fix and optimization update.

Here are the version notes:

  • Fixed a bug that caused the app to crash when it could not detect an internet connection.
  • Improved optimization: The app will run faster and more stable.
  • Fixed minor bugs.