Bungie details combat changes coming in Destiny 2: Forsaken

The Crucible is going to be a deadly place following the release of Destiny 2: Forsaken.

Today, Bungie hosted a live stream chronicling some of the combat changes players can expect following the release of Destiny 2: Forsaken on September 4. The stream, which clocked in at almost 2 hours, went through quite a few different updates that'll please any hardcore Crucible player.

First, Bungie took the time to show players how weapon slots will work in Forsaken. Weapon slots will remain largely unchanged, but specific weapon types will no longer be relegated to these slots once Forsaken releases. For example, players can have both Energy and Kinetic hand cannons equipped to both primary and secondary slots.

This gives players the ability to customize their arsenal of weapons based on play style, and adds more diversity to the player loadouts. 

Players can expect revamped weapon loadouts when Destiny 2: Forsaken releases on September 4.
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Moving forward, weapon mods will no longer be associated with power level in Desstiny 2. Along with changing your elemental damage type, they will also act as bonus perks in Destiny 2: Forsaken. What's more, these weapon mods can attach to a weapon permanently (or removed via Sharding should you change your mind on a mod).

Bungie went on to announce new perk slot with random rolls, and new weapon progression options up to mastery Level 10. This was elaborated upon with different variations of the game’s Better Devils hand cannon, with the Bungie team cracking jokes about “even Better Devils” and “best Better Devils.”

Better Devils, even Better Devils, best Better Devils.
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Something many Crucible players will be excited to hear is that two-hit melees are making a return in Destiny 2: Forsaken. Bungie noted some of the balance changes required to bring back two-hit melees which likely took up a fair bit of time, as Bungie also confirmed the presence of three-shot hand cannons.

It'll be interesting to see how these alterations shake up PvP in Destiny 2. For those uninterested in hand cannons, Bungie has improved other class abilities including the Hunter's signature Golden Gun and the Warlock's Stormcaller. Throwing knife damage has also been increased to match the new buffs to melee damage.

On August 28, players will have the ability to experiment with the new weapon slots. Then with the release of Forsaken on September 4, the rest of the items teased in Bungie's live stream including weapon mods will become available. For the full breakdown, we’ve included the stream down below.

Be sure to check out Bungie's preview of the combat changes coming to Destiny 2 when Forsaken is released on September 4. In the meantime, what do you think of the announcements Bungie made? Are you looking forward to more customization and a deadlier environment in the Crucible? Let us know down in the comments below!

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Morgan is a writer, indie game lover, and socially awkward coffee addict. Need something? Morgan can be reached at morgan.shaver@allgamers.com or if you like, you can say hello using GIFs on Twitter.


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