Bungie Plans To Nerf Destiny 2: Forsaken's Overpowered Sleeper Simulant
I don't think The Drifter would approve.
One of the best additions in Destiny 2's Forsaken DLC is Gambit, a new mode that blends PvP and PvE. Two teams of four are separated into their own arenas to fight AI-controlled enemies, but periodically one person can invade the other side, killing enemy players. If you've played Gambit for any length of time, you've undoubtedly seen the weapon of choice for a huge portion of invaders: Sleeper Simulant. It's used so often not just because it's fun to use, but because it's incredibly effective--and Bungie is finally ready to do something about its popularity.
The Exotic linear fusion rifle, which was introduced in the Curse of Osiris DLC, has long been an excellent weapon. It's effective in both PvE and PvP, but whereas a few deaths to it can be brushed off in Crucible, its use in Gambit can be devastating. It features a perk that allows it to overpenetrate enemies and refract off hard surfaces, but a single hit with it, even at long ranges, is enough to wipe out a target. Carrying a few rounds of ammo and timing your invasion well can mean wiping out an entire enemy team, causing them to lose a great deal of progress.
Your feelings about Sleeper Simulant may depend on whether or not you have access to one. Whatever the case, there has been no shortage of complaints about the weapon dating back to the Gambit trial that took place just before Forsaken's release. Bungie has now finally spoken up about it, indicating some kind of change or nerf is on the way.
"We're aware of reports that Sleeper Simulant feels too strong in Gambit," Bungie said on Twitter. "The Sandbox team is looking at potential changes to address this. Our goal is to retain the strength of the weapon, but tune it so it doesn't feel to be the only viable power weapon in Gambit. Stay tuned."
This was followed up by another tweet from design lead Josh Hamrick: "Sandbox has been operating with the goal of not employing nerfs when there are other methods of tweaking the game so that there isn't just 1 correct choice. That said, nerfs will still be needed from time to time. We promise to be judicious when & where we choose to employ them."
At this point, we have no idea how the gun will be changed or how other linear fusion rifles won't step right up in its place if it's nerfed. In the meantime, a new Destiny 2 update is out now that addresses some other bugs and complaints, including the relocation of Petra to a much more convenient location in the Dreaming City. Iron Banner is also now live--don't be surprised to see Sleeper Simulant show up prominently there, too.
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