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Bungie Explains How It's Speeding Up Destiny 2 PvP

This screenshot is from this one time I loaded into Crucible alone against a team of four. It still cracks me up.
This screenshot is from this one time I loaded into Crucible alone against a team of four. It still cracks me up.

One of the most pervasive complaints among those who play a lot of competitive Destiny 2 is that the game is too slow. Players don’t move around fast enough, and it takes too long to defeat an opposing player. It sounds like that’s going to change.

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Today on the ol’ Bungie blog, design lead Josh Hamrick explained some of the changes to the game’s “sandbox” that are currently in the works. The changes he listed focus largely on increasing movement speed, buffing weapons, and speeding up cooldowns.

The term sandbox relates to the overall balance of weapons and abilities in the game. Destiny 2's sandbox has come under sharp criticism from players over the past few months, yet has remained largely unchanged since Destiny 2 first launched last September.

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“Our goals for this round are to provide individual players with more hero moments by increasing overall speed and mobility, increasing the amount of supers you charge to demolish your enemies, and increasing the frequency and impact of our most montage worthy power weapons, especially in the Crucible,” wrote Hamrick.

Hamrick detailed the following changes (which will also affect PvE), saying that they’re part of a game update that’ll arrive in “the next few months.” He prefaced the list by saying that the changes aren’t all guaranteed to make it into the game, but that “the outlook is good at this point.”

∙All three glides plus Catapult and Strafe Lift have been retuned and buffed to make them more unique and faster.

The mobility stat has had its range expanded and been completely retuned as well. In short, everyone gets faster and the high end is higher.

The players’ ground speed cap has been increased, allowing for faster total movement speed, regardless of how you may get there.

Arcstrider, Sentinel, and Striker all move faster, and at the same speed as one another, while in their Supers.

Arcstrider, as a whole, is performing well in PvP but mostly due to its neutral game perks. We’ve made the following changes in an effort to get the Super to be a more competitive option:

- Faster Attack Animations.

- Faster Dodge Animations.

- Increased range of all attacks.

Supers recharge faster for everyone!

We’ve buffed several weapon archetypes (including, but not limited to, Hand Cannons, Pulse Rifles, Sniper Rifles, and Shotguns) and a few specific perks, as well.

- A key goal here is to make Shotguns, Snipers, and Fusion rifles more prevalent in the game.

We’ve also been working side-by-side with our friends on PvP to increase the pace of PvP combat and the frequency of power play. Here’s a sneak peek at their hard work:

- Player respawn times for all Quickplay modes have been decreased.

- Power Ammo respawn timers for all Quickplay modes have been reduced ~30%.

- Power Ammo respawn timers in Survival have been reduced ~40%.

- Power Ammo respawn timers in Countdown have been reduced ~25%.

- Ammo counts have been adjusted in relation to these timers, and in relation to weapon type.

- Enemy players now drop their power ammo on death. The dropped brick is available to anyone until picked up or 30 seconds have passed.

He closed by noting that the Titan shoulder charge was being reverted to how it worked before its recent distance nerf, explaining the reasoning behind the nerf while acknowledging that it didn’t work out how they wanted.

Quick take on this: These changes all sound aimed at bringing things closer to the faster-paced, more deadly Crucible of Destiny 1. That should make a lot of players happy, though I say that as someone who doesn’t actually hate Destiny 2's overall PvP philosophy and weapon balance. It remains to be seen how all those changes will work in practice, of course, but I could see a more ability-focused, faster-paced, more deadly D2 Crucible being plenty of fun. As with many of the changes Bungie has announced will be coming over the next year, only time will tell.

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Furthermore, beyond any one specific change, it is nice as ever to watch Bungie continue to open up and share more information with players. You can find the rest of the Destiny 2 weekly update over at the Bungie blog.

Kotaku Editor-at-Large

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DISCUSSION

I’m going to promote a controversial change here: Bring back OTK grenades.

I know a lot of people hated the changes to grenades in D1 and despised them in the final meta, but I think right now would be a good time to bring them back. In D2, 9/10 it’s going to be team battles. Team-shooting is the most viable playstyle right now. Add to that the AoE grenades, and you’ve got the recipe for the fairly mundane crucible right now.

Now imagine that you bring back the OTK sticky grenades. After your partner dies from team shots, you chuck your tripmine before getting completely wiped out, manage to stick the opposing striker titan. You still die, but also take down the enemy with you.

Granted, this is all with the current recharge rates, with all the boosts listed above, this could be a terrible idea, but as it stands right now, I can’t help but wish these were back.