When a shotgun blast is more accurate and damaging than a marksman’s rifle, you’re either living in a fantastical future wonderland- where robots come pre-programmed with a 21 century HBO star’s voice- or you’re playing a game with a multiplayer weapon balance issue. Hm, both of these are true, depending on your grip on reality, I suppose.
Well, in reality prime- this one, the one I perceive anyway- Bungie are about to roll out update 2.01 for Destiny to tackle such aforementioned shotgun woes; in attempts to reduce their effectiveness in the Crucible.
This issue had already been tackled in the previous 2.0 patch- released about a month ago, for the launch of The Taken King-, where the studio made numerous weapons balance changes; that included making shotguns weaker over distance. How’d they do it? By pretty much nerfing both the Rangefinder and Shot Package perks, where aiming increase effect range and aiming reduces projectile spread, respectively. But that just wasn’t enough, with Destiny players providing “unanimous” feedback that shotguns were still as OP as playing as Akuma in Street fighter 2 Tubro, or words to that effect, according to Jon Weisnewski, senior designer at Bungie.
“The prevalence of Shot Package on almost every long-range Shotgun has effectively redefined the close-quarters combat experience,” Weisnewski continued. “Going forward, we’ll continue to dial in Shotgun range.”
So, what’s the best way to fix these sniper accurate shotguns? By completely removing the perk, of course! In update 2.01, all shotguns will have Shot Package removed and replaced with either Close and/or Personal, Crowd Control, or Knee Pads. It should be noted though, for all players not interested in PVP, the PVE experience- according to play testers- hasn’t been adversely affected by the update.
Although the Shot Package perk has been removed from the game, it hasn’t been officially scrapped yet. Weisnewski says its on more of a “time out” until the team can “re-calibrate the effective range and research a way to hopefully reintroduce the perk”.