Destiny 2 Update Is Out; Patch Notes Include Weapons Overhaul And Much More

Major change is afoot in Destiny 2.

16 Comments
Please use a html5 video capable browser to watch videos.
This video has an invalid file format.
00:00:00
Sorry, but you can't access this content!
Please enter your date of birth to view this video

By clicking 'enter', you agree to GameSpot's
Terms of Use and Privacy Policy

Now Playing: Destiny 2: Forsaken - Launch Trailer

With the big Forsaken DLC expansion drawing close, Bungie has released a major Destiny 2 update (as well as a Forsaken launch trailer). Patch 2.0 is now live and makes sweeping changes to certain areas of the game before the DLC launches. While some changes, like the overhaul of mods, won't come until the expansion hits, the patch does completely rework how weapon slots work, among many, many other things.

Alongside a roadmap of the free and paid content to come after Forsaken, Bungie shared update 2.0's patch notes on its website. The headlining change is that most weapons are no longer locked to the Kinetic, Energy, or Heavy slot. While those that use Heavy ammo will remain confined to the Heavy slot, you'll be able to have weapons that use Primary ammo or Special ammo in either the Kinetic or Energy slot. Additionally, the type of ammo used and damage dealt by a weapon is now fixed.

With this adjustment comes a variety of other changes. Each class of weapon will now take a set type of ammo; hand cannons take Primary ammo, while shotguns take Special and rocket launchers take Heavy. Grenade launchers, depending on how they're loaded, will take either Special or Heavy ammo. Here's exactly how things shake out on that front:

Primary Ammo Weapons

  • Hand Cannons
  • Scout Rifles
  • Auto Rifles
  • Sidearms
  • Submachine Guns

Special Ammo Weapons

  • Fusion Rifles
  • Shotguns, Sniper Rifles
  • Trace Rifles
  • Single Shot Grenade Launchers

Heavy Ammo Weapons

  • Drum-Loaded Grenade Launchers
  • Rocket launchers
  • Linear Fusion Rifles
  • Swords

Because of the change to what weapons go in which slots, there are a variety of former Heavy weapons you'll find in new slots. For instance, Hawthorne's Field-Forged Shotgun now goes in the Kinetic slot. However, there are some exceptions--while shotguns and snipers now use Special ammo, the Exotic DARCI continues to use Heavy ammo, as does Tractor Cannon, The Legend of Acrius, and Whisper of the Worm.

"The tuning of Destiny weapons and abilities is inexorably tied to the systems that we build upon," Bungie explained. "Ultimately our goal is to still provide gameplay challenge despite a global increase in player damage output due to the new systems introduced." With weapons that formerly used Heavy ammo like shotguns, snipers, and fusion rifles now being a more regular part of the rotation, Bungie has made numerous adjustments to other weapon types and perks to compensate.

Please use a html5 video capable browser to watch videos.
This video has an invalid file format.
00:00:00
Sorry, but you can't access this content!
Please enter your date of birth to view this video

By clicking 'enter', you agree to GameSpot's
Terms of Use and Privacy Policy

Other changes of note in update 2.0 include being able to apply shaders to swords; the replacement of Year 1 Meditations with a Heroic Story playlist; new Strike playlists; more Vault space; adjustments to Xur; Cayde has left the Tower; and the appearance of escaped prisoners from the Prison of Elders (though they won't drop rewards until Forsaken is out). There's a lot going on.

Forsaken launches on September 4 for PS4, Xbox One, and PC, increasing the level cap, adding new subclasses and Supers, introducing Gambit mode, and more. Before then, you'll be able to try out Gambit on September 1.

Got a news tip or want to contact us directly? Email news@gamespot.com

Join the conversation
There are 16 comments about this story
16 Comments  RefreshSorted By 
GameSpot has a zero tolerance policy when it comes to toxic conduct in comments. Any abusive, racist, sexist, threatening, bullying, vulgar, and otherwise objectionable behavior will result in moderation and/or account termination. Please keep your discussion civil.

Avatar image for badhac
badhac

Also included was not getting any XP and some Forsaken items releasing early

Avatar image for akikisaragi
akikisaragi

Breaking news, 4 years later and we're up to deleting 5 shaders at a time. Time to celebrate :P .

Avatar image for mistervulpes
MisterVulpes

So this is the bit where they say,

“this is what Destiny 2 should have been at launch.”

Just like with Destiny 1...just like it’ll be if there’s ever a Destiny 3 (which I doubt).

Bungie Mission Statement:

“Giving you a complete product a year/ whole bunch of paid DLC later”

Avatar image for Mogan
Mogan

@mistervulpes: There is absolutely going to be a Destiny 3.

Avatar image for akikisaragi
akikisaragi

@Mogan: Destiny 4 too as they are contractually obligated to produce 4 over 10 years.

Avatar image for mistervulpes
MisterVulpes

@Mogan:

Wonderful. Maybe that one will have a plot, character or identity to it.

Avatar image for Mogan
Mogan

@mistervulpes: I've liked them so far, but if you aren't impressed, nobody's making you buy them.

Avatar image for mistervulpes
MisterVulpes

@Mogan:

I know you have mate, but I’m going to call out anti-consumer BS. Would you not enjoy them a whole lot more if the game had released with all that content in the first place? And don’t say the content wasn’t made, because we know Bungies track record in that area.

Avatar image for j3diknightdave
j3DiKNiGHtDAVE

@mistervulpes: what game is released with ALL of its content at launch anymore?... Pretty much EVERY game now days have paid DLC, that is content, right? You mean a complete vanilla experience. Also to answer your other post too, the game has a plot, most of it is locked in dead ghost, grimoire cards (D1) and exploring... Granted i would have preferred a more cinematic story, but hey reading is always good too.

Avatar image for Mogan
Mogan

@mistervulpes: I don't think the D2 DLC content WAS made when the game launched; I haven't seen anything to indicate it was. And, as somebody who has enjoyed both Destiny games, I don't find most of what Bungie's done here "anti-consumer." There are things about Destiny 2 I think Bungie screwed up, but I'm not confusing my personal dislike of a design decision with them actively trying to screw me out of money or enjoyment.
"Anti-consumer" and "I don't like this game" don't mean the same thing.

Avatar image for j3diknightdave
j3DiKNiGHtDAVE

@Mogan: chances are the DLC content (at least expansions 1&2) were made probably before they even begin work on the vanilla game lol. Seriously i wouldn't put it pass them.

Avatar image for Mogan
Mogan

@j3diknightdave: They were both made by different teams (like, Warmind was done by a team at Vicarious Visions) and both in development, to varying degrees before the main game launched.

Avatar image for mistervulpes
MisterVulpes

@Mogan:

Shaders thing was pretty anti consumer and they’ve cut content and sold it before. No reason it wouldn’t happen again.

Avatar image for Mogan
Mogan

@mistervulpes: If you want to just assume the worst because it could be true, that's your call. I'm going to check out Forsaken next week, and probably end up having a real good time.

Avatar image for j3diknightdave
j3DiKNiGHtDAVE

@Mogan: Dec 8th last year i wrote bungie a long letter on their website about how unhappy i was with the game (coming from being a D1 vet with thousands of hours invested) i gave some opinions on what they can do to improve the game and bring back vets and the rest of the player base... The number 1 opinion i had, and i said this alone would bring me back... RANDOM ROLLS! and so for 6 months i stopped playing all together, until in june of this year they announced D2 "Big" taken king like expansion, Forsaken, with it they will be introducing back into the game, RANDOM ROLLS! I am a man of my word, right after they announced that, i turned off the stream and hopped back into D2 for the first time in 6 months, grind my 3 characters up to 400, I'm ready for Forsaken. I wasn't going to buy it right away, because of Spider man releasing just 3 days later, but i said **** it... Now i got to get Forsaken and Spider man out my head by october 26th (RDR2) <--- it ALL gets put on hold for that.

Avatar image for Mogan
Mogan

@j3diknightdave: I was pretty cold on random rolls coming back, because I didn't think it was a good system in Destiny 1. Before, you had no way of working towards that one "god roll" you really wanted, you just had to get lucky. And there were so many different random perks on a single weapon, it could take you absolute ages to get all the ones you wanted.

But, with D2, there aren't as many perks on a single weapon, and with them added a user determined weapon mod slot, I think they might have hit a pretty good balance between the purely random system in Destiny 1, and the static weapons of Destiny 2 at launch.