Destiny 2 Sandbox Update Promises Stronger Weapons, Faster Guardians, and "Hero Moments"

Destiny 2 Sandbox Update Promises Stronger Weapons, Faster Guardians, and "Hero Moments"

Bungie is making some long-awaited tweaks to Destiny 2's sandbox.

Destiny 2 is in a bad spot right now, but Bungie is hoping that a new sandbox update tomorrow will improve things with players. The new update brings much-needed improvements to the game's weapon balance and character speeds. With some luck, "hero moments" will return in a big way.

In a video preview release today in anticipation of tomorrow's sandbox update, sandbox design lead Josh Hamrick lays down what the team has been working on these past few months. Namely, that Bungie is finally addressing the key complaint that weapons just don't feel powerful enough, that players don't feel powerful.

"Weapons are gonna hit harder, abilities are gonna come faster, hero moments are gonna make a return," said Hamrick in the video. He acknowledges that in previous updates, "hot" weapons would have been nerfed for being too powerful. With this update the team did the opposite and raised the power of other weapons to compete with whatever weapon is currently popular.

In addition, characters have been touched so that special abilities that have "underperformed" like Arc Staff have been buffed, and character speeds have been increased across the board. That means faster guardians, faster plays, and faster ability regenerations.

These are fixes to problems that were directly outlined in our guest post about how Destiny 2 failed its player base, and have been complaints long-held by the community. Many Destiny 2 players would complain that they just didn't feel as strong as they should be, and Bungie is rectifying this in a big way.

In particular Hamrick mentions "hero moments" that is, moments of big, explosive plays in PvP or PvE that would be cool enough to include in some kind of YouTube or Twitch highlight reel. Thanks to the upcoming sandbox update Hamrick says that these moments should be coming in faster and more regularly. "We're gonna see some crazy shit," Hamrick exclaims.

The Destiny 2 1.1.4 "Go Fast" update arrives tomorrow on consoles and PC. While we wait to see how this will affect player morale, the steps outlined in the video sound like just the things th playerbase has long been asking for of the game. For more on Destiny 2, check out our complete Destiny 2 guides, as well as our own suggestions of how Destiny 2 can win back the players.

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Matt Kim

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Matt Kim is a former freelance writer who's covered video games and digital media. He likes video games as spectacle and is easily distracted by bright lights or clever bits of dialogue. He also once wrote about personal finance, but that's neither here nor there.

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