By now, the majority of Destiny players have heard about the Weapon Tuning 2.0 Patch that is coming with Destiny’s new expansion, The Taken King.
As with almost any change to anything, people have had mixed feelings towards the Weapon Tuning 2.0 Patch. Two of the most notable changes were the nerfings of the tremendously popular Thorn and Gjallahorn.
It’s expected for those who own these weapons to be disappointed, and those who have been slaughtered by them without mercy to rejoice. With expectations high for Destiny’s The Taken King expansion, Bungie has more reason than ever to make intelligent changes that will be ultimately accepted by the community. In many ways, this is one of the best features of the Destiny experience.
Since the game’s release, Bungie, often represented through Destiny’s community manager Deej, has been active in searching for and accepting player feedback. Long time Destiny fans have come to expect that if there is a widely held negative opinion towards an aspect of the game, Bungie will take notice and respond in some way.
While this type of community interactivity and responsiveness might be awesome for the majority of the game’s PvE experience, these semi-frequent weapon tunings and alterations put certain strains on the PvP experience.
When we think about the Destiny Weapon Tuning 2.0 Patch in relation to competitive sports, we can see that it is not so different than any other rule change as we’ve seen in baseball, football, hockey, basketball, etc. As time passes, the game evolves.
In competitive games such as League of Legends, balance patches are regular, met with the occasional groan, but ultimately accepted and learned. Part of being a great competitor is not only mastery of the basics and specific techniques, but also having the ability to adapt with changes needed to keep the game alive.
But here’s the dilemma. Many people who partake in Destiny’s PvP weren’t looking for this sort of volatile environment. They are Destiny fans that bought the game and want to enjoy their experience at a certain level of leisure.
While not everyone minds the semi-frequent weapon tuning, it absolutely forces players to re-learn details of the game that have changed with patches. For players that play every day, this probably isn’t much of a problem. But what about gamers who have less time on their hands? For them, it can be frustrating to frequently readjust to new weapon ballistics.
What could give players the option to play in a more stable environment? Custom PvP matches.