- Destiny 2 is currently in a dark period due to various factors, including player dissatisfaction, controversies surrounding microtransactions, layoffs at Bungie, and delays.
- While there are positive additions to the game, such as free cosmetics and a new weapon type in March, the timing of these updates is questionable.
- The new weapon type being tied exclusively to Iron Banner, a less popular game mode with limited availability, is a disappointing move by Bungie that adds to player frustration.
Destiny 2 is arguably in one of its darkest times, which is the byproduct of Lightfall not meeting players’ expectations in 2023, controversies surrounding microtransactions and Eververse prices, the layoffs at Bungie, and The Final Shape being delayed. As of now, February has the lowest concurrent player number for Destiny 2 since its launch, and while this is understandable given the fact that Season of the Wish is basically over but has to stick around for another four months, it is still quite concerning seeing where it may come from. There are good things about the game that are either coming or have already been added, such as free cosmetics with the Mass Effect crossover, and now Bungie is adding a new Destiny 2 weapon type in March – but that’s the wrong place, at the wrong time.
It doesn’t happen often that Bungie makes the decision to add new Destiny 2 weapon types, and while archetypes are even rarer, with only bows and glaives being added respectively in Forsaken and The Witch Queen since launch, this is still a big deal. New weapon types can be anything from the reworked Warden’s Law to first-time weapon/element combinations, and they are good because they can reshape the meta in big ways. However, the new gun coming in early March is likely to be a controversial one.
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Destiny 2’s New Weapon Type Shouldn’t Be Time-Gated
Destiny 2’s New Iron Banner Gun Sets a Bad Precedent
As it stands, there are still several weapon and damage type combos missing in Destiny 2, such as Strand glaives or non-Void Exotic pulse rifles, and one of these was wave frame grenade launchers that deal Strand damage. Luckily, this is changing with the 7.3.5 Destiny 2 update in March, as Bungie is adding the first-ever Strand wave frame grenade launcher to the loot pool – but with a massive catch.
The 7.3.5 Destiny 2 update is also adding the second-ever double-fire frame breech-loaded grenade launcher and the second-ever Stasis sword.
The problem is that this one-of-a-kind weapon is being tied exclusively to Iron Banner loot, which is not the most popular game mode in Destiny 2, and it is also time-limited by huge margins when compared to anything else. In fact, Iron Banner only typically drops a few times per season, and from now to the release of The Final Shape it appears that there will only be two Iron Banner weeks starting on April 2 and April 30, respectively. With this grenade launcher likely becoming a very sought-after gun that cannot be obtained otherwise, limiting it to Iron Banner is not a great move on Bungie’s part.
Destiny 2’s First-Ever Strand Wave Frame Grenade Launcher Should be Widely Available
Destiny 2’s Iron Banner Is Too FOMO-Adjacent
Iron Banner is one of those live-service elements in Destiny 2 that is still actively causing FOMO (the fear of missing out), as it’s only ever available on a handful of given weeks per season, meaning that players either need to be there or they don’t get another chance at it for quite some time. This has caused issues in the past, especially seeing how grindy Destiny 2‘s Iron Banner can be, especially without all the positive score modifiers available – something that can be obscure to casual players and also unattainable for various reasons.
As such, having a first-ever kind of Destiny 2 endgame weapon tied to this event is a case of bad place, and the bad time comes from the fact that these are the “dead” months of the game where players are mainly waiting for the next expansion to launch. Season of the Wish is already the longest Destiny 2 season ever, with Bungie needing to fill the void with more content drops for the game to stay afloat, so having a new weapon type available randomly from an activity that only lasts for two weeks out of the four months until The Final Shape releases can feel like adding insult to injury.
- August 28, 2017
- Online Multiplayer , Online Co-Op
- Tiger Engine
- T For TEEN for Blood, Language, and Violence
- Destiny 2: Forsaken , Destiny 2: Shadowkeep , Destiny 2: Beyond Light , Destiny 2: The Witch Queen , Destiny 2: Lightfall
- How Long To Beat
- Platforms That Support Crossplay
- PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One & Xbox Series X|S
- Number of Players
- 1-6 (Co-Op)
- PS Plus Availability
- Extra & Premium (The Witch Queen)