Destiny 2 developers Bungie are looking to refine the game’s new weapon crafting system at the turning of the game’s current season, Season of the Risen.
Crafting has been a welcome addition to Destiny 2 in the Witch Queen expansion and the Season of the Risen, with players able to build the space magic weapon of their dreams, if they’re willing to put in the grind through randomized weapon drops to unlock weapon patterns and half a dozen different resonant elemental resources. It’s a cool system for customizing weapons in a game built around slick gunplay and space magic, but it sure could use some streamlining, and Bungie agrees.
Besides providing an events roadmap, the latest This Week at Bungie news post takes a look at some of the development thoughts behind the Season of the Risen’s new crafting system, as well as changes that Bungie wants to introduce in future seasons. Destiny’s next season will see the scrapping of the multitude of resonant elemental resources such as Ruinous, Adroit, and Energetic, simplifying everything into the existing Neutral crafting element, which together with the Exotic-level Ascendant Alloys resource should be the core of refinements to the weapon crafting system.
Destiny’s dev team is also looking at granting more player control over unlocking new weapon patterns to craft (at the moment, players need to luck out with multiple copies of a weapon pattern they want and then “attune” them through use in game), as well as tweak the weapon crafting costs and resource drop rates based on their telemetry of weapon use and resource stockpiling.
In the meantime, Hotfix 188.8.131.52 coming on Tuesday will be increasing the element cap for weapon crafting elements from 250 to 1000, and the Neutral element cap from 8500 to 10000. Here’s hoping they’ll also add ways to easily look up how much of each resource you have in stock, because flying back to the Hidden Enclave on Mars to look up your stockpile of resonant elements gets really old, really fast.
Destiny 2’s Witch Queen campaign has been a great addition to the MMO looter-shooter, with a story campaign dealing with the threat posed by Savathûn the Witch Queen, Hive goddess of lies and trickery and her Light-wielding Lucent Brood. Even with technical hiccups, this season’s Vow of the Disciple raid event saw a record-setting number of day one participants, and it’s not too late to join in on the new events and mechanics that the Witch Queen and the Season of the Risen have to offer for new and old Guardians alike.
Destiny 2 is free-to-play on PC and current generation consoles such as Xbox One, Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S. You can also access the Shadowkeep and Forsaken content — at least the parts of it that haven’t been vaulted — via PC Game Pass. The latest expansion, The Witch Queen sells for $39.99 or your local currency equivalent.