Destiny 2.0 release date: Release tipped for before The Taken King; base weapons and stats will be improved

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Bungie is asking fans to brace themselves for some major changes when the studio releases Destiny 2.0 update prior to the release of The Taken King in September.

According to the Bungie blog, there will be changes to the in game arsenal which will affect Auto Rifles, Pulse Rifles, Scout Rifles, Hand Cannons, Shotguns, Fusion Rifles, Sniper Rifles and Rocket Launchers which will be updated and fine tuned.

“Unlike the last weapon balance update, we’re taking this opportunity to address a few of our Exotic Weapons in tandem with the changes to the base weapon behavior. Fair warning: Some of these changes are intended to make you feel better while killing with the weapon, and some are intended to make you feel better while being killed by the weapon,” it said.

A report by The Express UK listed  updates for the stats of the weapons to include:

  • Reduced Base Weapon Stats – Brand new Auto Rifles will feature slightly less starting Stability, brand new Shotguns slightly less starting Range,among others. Stats may grow with a lengthier time spent on a weapon. 
  • Stat Perk Tuning Pass – This feature allows players to spike a stat that reinforces their play style, but this will come at a cost. 
  • Stat Perk column on Talent Grids – This feature introduces Stat Perks that ensures that players will not be forced to reduce a stat by placing the perk on an unavoidable node. 

Meanwhile, a report by IBTimes indicated that Destiny 2.0 will improve the Necrochasm, which will now have an increased stability and magazine size in order to address gamers’ complaints the weapon’s power does not commensurate the amount of effort required to acquire it.

Bungie has been up front with the changes in anticipation of mixed reactions from the fans as most of the exotic weapons will be downgraded like Thorn, Hawkmoon, Ice Breaker, and Gjallarhorn.

The studio did promise some surprises that fans can look forward to. 

“We still have some surprises and twists we don’t want to spoil that you’ll get to experience when The Taken King is released. We playtested these changes every day, multiple times a day, in all activities, using all kinds of weapons. We feel pretty good about them,” Bungie promised on their post.