Last week, Bungie detailed the sandbox changes coming to Destiny 2 that are designed to speed up the pace of the game, including faster movement speeds, shorter Super recharge rates, and a weapon balance pass. This week, Bungie is talking more about changes coming specifically to a number of exotic weapons that are not being used much by players.
Bungie discussed one detailed example of one exotic getting buffed in an upcoming update to illustrate how the developer is treating this design pass at the exotics in Destiny 2. But before getting to that, Bungie was clear exactly which exotics will not see any changes:
Bungie noted that some of the above weapons are either performing well already or they are going to improve due to the changes coming to a number of weapons in general. For example, the sandbox changes in the works for pulse rifles should make Vigilance Wing more viable.
Now, onto the specific exotic mentioned; the Graviton Lance pulse rifle will be going under the knife in this design pass. Bungie said that the common player critique of the weapon is that it’s hard to use in PvP because the damage is delivered at the end of the burst, but the weapon kicks too hard to land multiple shots due to recoil. On top of that, the explosion caused by the death of an opponent does not affect other targets because the body flies up too far and away from other enemies.
To address this, Bungie is looking to reduce recoil of each burst, add aim assist, and change the burst to two rounds instead of three. In addition, the ragdoll effect has been changed so that the defeated body will rise back and up with a bigger explosion that does more damage and produces void field projectiles that seek out remaining targets nearby.
Bungie didn’t detail the changes being made to the other exotics in the game, but the goals of this balance pass are to make exotics feel more powerful, focus on exotics that aren’t getting much use, and deliver unique gameplay for each exotic.
Full details should come in patch notes accompanying the update that will tune exotics in the game, currently scheduled to launch March 27.
Destiny 2 and its Curse of Osiris expansion are available now on PC, PS4, and Xbox One.