Destiny 2: Every Change Coming on December 7th

Significant changes are in store for Destiny 2, and they're not too far away. Coinciding with the upcoming 30th Aniversary event and DLC pack, Destiny 2 will receive a slew of adjustments and updates that will dramatically change how the game is played. From increasing ability cooldown times to finetuning available weapons, it will feel decidedly different playing Destiny 2 after the December 7 update goes live. While many of the tweaks serve to level the playing field in the title's PvP modes, they'll also create an effect that'll ripple throughout the entire game.

As Bungie has outlined in its recent This Week At Bungie (TWAB) posts, Destiny 2's "sandbox" (the weapons, abilities, enemies and general gameplay) will see a major overhaul come Dec. 7. A TWAB posted on Nov. 11 detailed all the upcoming changes for weapons players could expect, and a follow-up on Nov. 18 extensively covered adjustments to abilities and the three Guardian classes. After the update, Destiny 2's gameplay focus will shift away from excessive ability and Super usage and move to emphasize gunplay. Here's what players need to know about Destiny 2's massive changes and how the game will function afterward.

RELATED: Destiny 2: Beyond Light Is Leaving Game Pass - Here's What You Need to Finish First

Weapons Are Getting Buffed In Destiny 2

Halfway through a season categorized by melting bosses faces off with fusion rifles and linear fusion rifles, Bungie is about to crank things up a notch. Shotguns, linear fusion rifles, swords, bows, fusion rifles and sidearms are all generally getting buffed in one way or another. Some of these weapons have already proven themselves strong contenders (like linear fusion rifles), but others (like sidearms) always feel a little less potent than they should. Accompanying these more general tweaks, Bungie detailed specific changes coming to a wide assortment of Exotic weapons. Though a few were tuned down, most of the entries described incoming buffs or added effects to the majority of listed Exotics.

Destiny 2's community quickly celebrated the announced changes. None of the weapons nerfed felt uncalled for and, in exchange, players were going to see plenty of other weapons become more powerful, inevitably taking the spotlight. Old favorites like the Whisper of the Worm Exotic sniper rifle and Arbalest linear fusion rifle were back on the menu, having benefitted from generous buffs. However, these changes were just a part of Destiny 2's change in course.

RELATED: How Halo Infinite's AI Compare to Destiny 2's Ghosts

Class Abilities Are Getting Nerfed In Destiny 2

When Bungie posted Nov. 18's TWAB, it made some fans' stomachs drop. In the post, Bungie reaffirmed its desire to better balance the PvP and PvE landscape by introducing sweeping changes to class powers and abilities -- in effect, putting a greater emphasis on weapons. To reach this end, Bungie introduced the Variable Ability Cooldowns system. This backend feature allows the developer to independently alter the cooldowns for every ability available to each class.

As the game stands now, classes share the same cooldown between their respective abilities before stat increases from gear. The Variable Ability Cooldowns system lets Bungie balance ability power potential against now-variable cooldown time. To that end, Bungie has gone through and rebalanced many abilities, mostly dulling their edge or increasing their cooldown. Only a few powers appear to gain from the changes. This type of rebalancing worked with general abilities, but Bungie had to take a more direct approach with Supers. As a result, Guardians will no longer gain super energy primarily through passive regeneration. Instead, it will generate passively at a significantly decreased rate, and dealing or taking damage will become the primary method of producing Super energy.

If that wasn't enough to take the wind out of any super-powered Guardian, Bungie went further by altering and nerfing a number of Exotic armor pieces, perks and mods that assisted in regenerating ability/super energy or added additional powerful effects. Though it's clear a number of these changes serve to balance the Crucible PvP scene in Destiny 2, slowing down ability regeneration and altering how players generate Super energy will have an huge effect on the overall gameplay and meta -- especially in high-end PvE content. At least most of the tuning was accompanied by damage increases to nerfed abilities in PvE settings.

RELATED: Why Destiny 2 Players Hate Trials of Osiris

What Will Destiny 2 Be Like After Dec. 7?

Since the original Destiny, players have contended with excessive use of Guardian abilities, Supers popping off every few minutes in Crucible matches and always only being a few minutes away from their most powerful skills. However, that's all about to change on Dec. 7. While Destiny 2 isn't throwing away classes or abilities altogether, they'll be more of a commodity than a constant accessory.

Bungie outlined a few principles for Destiny 2's PvP experience, saying, "Weapons are the primary way players engage with combat," and "Non-Super abilities accentuate or augment the combat but should rarely solve an encounter by themselves." Though these principles serve and guide the development of the PvP sandbox, there's no question the upcoming changes infuse them into all of Destiny 2. Bungie has acknowledged this, saying, "We don't want the PvE experience to suffer for the sake of PvP balance though, so we've tried to compensate where possible." Still, it's tough to say whether making abilities "feel like bigger power moments than they do in today's game" is worth the cost of refocusing the gameplay, though fans will sure make their opinions heard either way once the changes go live.

KEEP READING: Destiny 2 Players Are Furious About Bungie's Stance on Upcoming Dungeons - Here's Why

Doctor Strange Star Sheds More Light on Multiverse of Madness Reshoots
Related Topics
About The Author
image
Jonathan LoChiatto (237 Articles Published)

Jonathan LoChiatto is a writer, gamer, and podcaster based in Massachusetts, USA. He’s been in a love affair with video games for as long as he could hold a controller. Along the way, Jonathan also developed a passion for comic books, board games, and movies, which he now covers regularly on his podcast, The DorkWeb.

More From Jonathan LoChiatto

You May Like Also

  • 30th Aniversary event and DLC pack
  • the three Guardian classes
  • Destiny 2: Beyond Light Is Leaving Game Pass - Here's What You Need to Finish First
  • melting bosses faces off with fusion rifles
  • How Halo Infinite's AI Compare to Destiny 2's Ghosts
  • Why Destiny 2 Players Hate Trials of Osiris
  • Destiny 2 Players Are Furious About Bungie's Stance on Upcoming Dungeons - Here's Why
  • MCU Theory: Forget the Baxter Building & Oscorp Tower - Avengers Tower Will Become [SPOILER]
  • HBO Max Addresses Birds of Prey Censorship, Unsure When It Will Be Fixed
  • Is Daredevil's Radar Stronger Than Spider-Man's Spidey-Sense?
  • Hawkeye Is More About Kate Bishop Than Clint Barton - as It Should Be
  • A Tragic Lord of the Rings Theory Redeems the Fellowship’s Worst Member
  • Avatar's Kyoshi Novels Introduce One of the Series' Most Tragic Characters
  • Dune Surpasses $100M At the Domestic Box Office
  • DC's Robins #1 Comic Review
  • Marvel's Star Wars Life Day #1 Comic Review
  • Marvel's Hawkeye: Kate Bishop #1 Comic Review
  • DC's Superman Son of Kal-El #5 Comic Review
  • Marvel's Hulk #1 Comic Review
  • Marvel's Darkhold: The Wasp #1 Comic Review
  • Halo Infinite Multiplayer: Tips and Tricks for New Players
  • Red Hood Goes Full Villain by Breaking His New Rule
  • What is Let it Die (and Was It a Failure)?
  • Justice League Incarnate Reintroduces DC's Avengers-Style Team
  • Encanto: What Are the Madrigals' Powers?
  • My Hero Academia: What Izuku Midoriya's MBTI Says About the Shonen Hero
  • Former Yakuza, Current Pastor, Analyzes 10 Hollywood Yakuza Scenes for Realism
  • Eternals: The MCU’s Sersi Has a Lot in Common With Wonder Woman
  • EA Rejected Star Wars Battlefront 3 Over High Costs
  • Hawkeye Sets Up a Heartbreaking Cameo
  • Marvel's Avengers Retro-Inspired Black & White Skins Omit One Major Hero
  • Why Destiny 2 Players Hate Trials of Osiris