Destiny 2’s Bungie 30th Anniversary celebration is less than a month away, and Bungie is sharing patch note details. And in addition to the new dungeon, activities, weapons, Gjallarhorn, and whatever other surprises Bungie has in store for players, some fan-favorite Exotics will see major improvements.
Destiny 2’s getting some new skins, but the specifics are up to you. Bungie is releasing a new survey to let players choose if they want mech skins or monster skins, the developer announced on Thursday.
The new cosmetic options will let players deck out their Guardians however they see fit. Bungie also released concept art to give players a preview of what they might look like.
The monster option is exactly what it sounds like. There are pieces to make you look like a cyclops, a swamp monster, or even something that looks a bit like Godzilla. Meanwhile, the mechs look, well … exactly like Gundams (see concept art above). It’s probably important to note that the word Gundam isn’t mentioned at all in Bungie’s post, but it does refer to the mechs as “mobile suits,” so they might as well be Gundams.
This is the second time that Bungie has run a similar poll for Destiny 2. Last year, Bungie had players vote in a competition between dinosaurs and monsters, which dinosaurs ended up winning. But now that they’re back for year two, the monsters have been enhanced to monsters 2.0.
The polls will be emailed to players starting on April 7, so you’ll need to make sure your Bungie.net profile allows for emails. The polls will be open from April 7 until April 13, when the winner will be decided. Every player who exercises their Bungie-given democratic right will be given the Broken Barriers emblem, regardless of which skins you voted for.
The 1995 Dinotopia game used actual animatronic dinosaur puppets in its cutscenes. These huge, incredible puppets were made with essentially the same methods that Stan Winston Studios used in Jurassic Park — but on a fraction of the budget. Special Effects artist Andre Freitas, of AFX Studios, tells Polygon’s Simone de Rochefort how the puppets were made.
Yesterday, Destiny 2 had its first TWAB of 2022 which announced some great changes, like the ability to change the elemental affinity of Masterworked armor cheaply, and a path where XP will allow players to unlock all seasonal mods with enough playtime.
But one change was…kind of weird, and mostly bad, it seemed.
That was an alteration to the way orb generation works in Destiny 2. Right now, you masterwork a weapon, it generates orbs on multikills, giving you super energy or activating “charged with light” mods on your armor. Now, that’s changing. Orb generation will now be a slotted helmet mod for a particular elemental type of weapon.
The problem this solves is that now, exotics without catalysts will be able to generate orbs, but the problems this creates?
MORThis retweet appears to be an endorsement of the “perk freeing” idea, and sandbox lead Kevin Yanes retweeted another user who cited something Bungie wrote in a past TWAB:
So, the idea here is that if weapons no longer generate orbs, and that task is given to armor, then there is a new slot freed up for…something. Another perk option, perhaps, but reading that TWAB entry, my guess is something like perhaps an intrinsic foundry/loot source-based perk that each weapon will now have. That could even be something you unlock after masterworking, which would be a new reason to do that, if orb generation is no longer a thing.
Bungie has done this a few times before, where they have announced some big change that sounds really bad, but later, they pair it with another positive change that offsets it, or at least makes it make more sense. While I can understand not everything being fully ready to share yet, they do sort of keep creating these situations themselves, and quasi-answering things by retweeting player theories isn’t exactly the best way to clarify the situation.
But the long
Whisper of the Worm, which was once the go-to damage weapon in nearly all fights, is getting a significant rework. In addition to a 10% damage increase, the Whispered Breathing damage increase offered by the weapon’s Catalyst now activates 0.9 seconds faster — which is a much bigger deal than it seems. Hitting three successive headshots in a row will also refill the magazine by only using two shots from reserves — meaning you get one free bullet for being accurate with trials of osiris recoveries and boosts.
The blog also highlights a host of other great Exotic improvements:
While that’s all great news for Destiny fans, Bungie will also give out a few slight nerfs. Vex Mythoclast is getting its PvP wings clipped a little — mostly around it’s aim assist. Heir Apparent’s Catalyst is getting a bug fix, which should rein in its defensive capabilities. Lorentz Driver will no longer give bonus ability energy, and Traveler’s Chosen will offer reduced ability energy regeneration in PvP — Bungie community manager, dmg04, clarified on Twitter that this is preempting an ability regen change coming later.
Bungie is also making some significant weapon archetype changes. Slug shotguns will lose 10% damage in PvE, but pellet shotguns will gain 10% PvE damage. Caster swords now use less ammo for a heavy attack, and bows will deal 10% more damage against weak enemies. Fusion Rifles and Sidearms will also see an obscure bug fix, making them hitscan more reliably. And as we mentioned with Sleeper Simulant, all Linear Fusion Rifles will deal 10% increased damage. There are also some perk and mod adjustments coming.
Finally, the studio mentioned a few development points coming in the Witch Queen expansion. Bungie is looking to move Catalysts away from pure Orb or Power generation, and will finally have a solution in destiny 2 boost February 2022. There will also be a reason to use two weapons of the same element and stat type in Witch Queen, although Bungie isn’t telling why yet. All primary weapon Exotics will also get a tuning pass to make them more useful.
All of these changes, aside from those specifically teased for the upcoming expansion, will launch alongside the Bungie 30th Anniversary event on Dec. 7.