Some changes in games are good, others - not so much. The recent Destiny 2 sniper rifle nerfs definitely fall into the latter category, at least if you're going by fan reaction alone. There are many amazing snipers in Destiny 2, some are pretty darn hard to get, which makes the damage they do much more satisfying. Unfortunately, that damage has just been decreased among other recent changes.
We saw incredible buffs with the last two seasons and expansions of Destiny 2, including the famous Izanagi's Burden advantage. Fun, but not meant to last forever because Bungie is now in the process of setting back a lot of recent buffs for this particular weapon type, including up to 20% weapon damage reduction across all snipers as well as nerfs to certain modifiers and range.
Many took to Reddit to air out their grievances and the initial pushback has seen massive support across all social media. Many cite the nerfs as a major combat design issue, stating that many of the high-tiered enemies are not designed for close-quarter combat. Ranged weapons play a key factor, especially in raids, and limiting an entire class of weaponry this drastically has the potential to turn the entire meta on its head.
For those needing a little catching up, here are all of the proposed changes in prep for the season ahead, according to Bungie:
- The animation speed of Honed Edge is no longer affected by the reload stat
- Outlaw has been replaced with No Distractions
- Damage to Major enemies and above have been reduced to pre-Shadowkeep values (~-20%).
- Adaptive Snipers precision multiplier has been reduced from 3.25x to 2.95x.
- Rapid-Fire Snipers base impact has been reduced from 100 damage to 90 damage.
While the damage changes are super unrealistic, that's a lot of changes to the core reasons why people opt for a sniper option in the first place. With the rising backlash against the upcoming changes and many sites reporting on the potential damage this could do to the meta, it's unclear if Bungie is going to shift their plans or not. Personally, I hope they do. I love my Izanagi's Burden and my Whisper and I love how they operate.