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Destiny 2: Shadowkeep Roadmap Reveals Exciting Content Drops Ahead

The new Destiny 2: Shadowkeep roadmap teases some of the plans Bungie has in store for Guardians around the world.
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Destiny has continued to evolve ever since Bungie and Activision officially split in their very public breakup and now the studio is showing off even more evolution with their Destiny 2: Shadowkeep roadmap. With so many changes that have rolled out in the last month that has revived the community in a way that many thought impossible, the upcoming content plan is sure to make many even more excited. 

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Bungie took to their blog to outline what the future looks like for the online game including a small preview on how they are tuning PvE, PvP, and other in-game aspects. According to their most recent blog post, “In terms of how these changes will impact your PvP experience, a few weapons and archetypes are being buffed, with some seeing more aggressive range falloff to give breathing room to Scout Rifles and other weapons.”

As for the roadmap, the team shared a graphic, seen below, that outlines a new raid on October 5th, a new Iron Banner, the return of Festival of the Lost, and so much more – they also added a list of free seasonal updates that people will be able to take on and get immersed in: 

They also outlined some of the more specific changes players can look forward to: 

Combatants – General
  • Minor enemies (Rank-and-File) no longer take more precision damage than other enemies.
    • These enemies previously took twice as much damage to their precision hit locations than enemies of higher ranks.
    • You will still deal precision damage, but this is now entirely dependent on the weapon, as it is for higher ranked enemies.
Weapon Changes – General
  • Weapon mods are now treated as reusable unlocks instead of consumables. Any mods you have in your inventory will be converted to unlocks
    • This gives players the opportunity to play with different mods more frequently
    • If the only copy of a mod you have is already in a gun, you will need to reacquire one to unlock it
  • Auto Rifles
    • PvE damage increased between +30% and +25% depending on combatant rank
  • Bows
    • PvE damage increased by +31% against minor enemies, and +26% against major enemies
    • Fixed an issue where bow draw times were displayed incorrectly in the inspection screen
  • Hand Cannons
    • PvE damage against minor enemies increased by 30%
    • Lightweight and Adaptive hand cannons use a new firing animation while aiming down sights
      • This change was made to increase weapon accuracy when firing these weapons as fast as possible
      • Ex: Currently, players can shoot faster than the recoil animation of 140/150 archetypes – so while the handcannon looks to have fully reset from recoil, the following projectile will be shot as if the weapon was still in a recoiled state.
    • Reduced the effect the range stat has on damage range falloff (effective range) for this weapon archetype
  • Machine Guns
    • PvE damage against minor enemies increased by 25%
    • Increased the effects of damage range falloff on this weapon archetype
  • Pulse Rifles
    • PvE damage against minor enemies increased by 28%
    • Increased the effects of damage range falloff on this weapon archetype.
    • Archetype specific damage changes (impacts both PvE and PvP gameplay)
      • Rapid-Fire Pulse Rifles now deal 14/23.8 base/precision damage (Previously 13/21.4)
      • High Impact Pulse Rifles now deal 21/33.6 base/precision damage (Previously 20/32)
  • Scout Rifles
    • PvE damage increased between +36% and +18% depending on combatant rank
  • Sidearms
    • PvE damage increased to minor and major combatants by 16%
  • Sniper Rifles
    • PvE damage increased by +47% against minor enemies, +20% for others
      • Exotic sniper rifle perk damage bonuses have been modified to compensate for this change and they will not receive the full benefits as a result
  • Submachineguns
    • PvE damage increased by 22.5% against minor/major combatants
    • Aggressive Frame
      • Removed the intrinsic effect of “Deals bonus damage at close range.”
      • This bonus was 10%, but was unintentionally always active
      • The bonus damage has been moved to the base damage for 750 RPM Submachineguns, resulting in no damage change
      • As a result, Tarrabah and The Huckleberry gain 10% damage in both PvE and PvP
  • Sweet Business
    • Increased magazine size from 100 to 150.
    • Increased PvE damage by 15%.
    • High Caliber rounds have been replaced with Armor Piercing rounds.
    • Damage changed to 15/21.2 base/precision (Previously 13.21/21.14)
    • This weapon no longer requires you to be firing when you pick up ammo to have it automatically reload.
  • Graviton Lance
    • PvE damage increased by 30%
  • Sunshot
    • Increased magazine size to 12
  • Vigilance Wing
    • PvE damage increased by 25%
  • Crimson
    • Damage changed to 19/30.5 base/precision (Previously 13.76/24.75)
    • Fixed an issue that was causing this weapon to deal higher flinch than intended
  • Merciless
    • Fixed the missing aim assist stat for this weapon
  • Ace of Spades
    • Memento Mori’s damage bonus is now affected by range falloff
  • Lumina
    • Noble Rounds should apply their buff to allies more reliably now
  • The Colony
    • “Serve the Colony” now functions as Auto Loading Holster does
  • Subsistence
    • Reduced the impact of this perk on total reserves
  • Ricochet Rounds
    • Removed the hidden bonus to damage falloff
  • Swashbuckler
    • Perk now activates when getting a kill with Ball Lightning
  • Grave Robber
    • Perk now activates when getting a kill with ranged melee abilities (ie: Ball Lightning, Explosive Knife)
  • One-Two Punch
    • Reduced the effectiveness of stacking One-Two Punch and Cross Counter (Liar’s Handshake)
    • Ex: Players won’t be able to defeat Riven in less than three seconds after Shadowkeep launches using the combo of One-Two Punch and Liar’s Handshake, but we know many of you will try other builds… and potentially even succeed. 
The fun officially arrives for Destiny 2: Shadowkeep on October 1st. 

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With an arguably unhealthy obsession with Dragon Age and Mass Effect, Liana is wildly passionate about all things in the gaming community. From shooters, to RPGs, if it's out - she's playing it. A medically retired US Sailor and now full-time hoarder of gaming collectibles, Liana's passion for everything in the gaming industry is palpable. Also, if you lose her in a crowd, just casually mention any BioWare game and the crazy pterodactyl screech will without a doubt follow. You can follow her on Twitter @DirtyEffinHippy or email her for editorial inquiries at [email protected]!