Ever since Bungie revealed that Destiny 2 would have fixed perks for each of its weapons, fans have been in a heated debate over whether it would be good or bad for the sequel. But new info regarding Destiny 2 and its weapons suggests that debate may have been for naught, and the “fixed weapon perks” claim may have been slightly exaggerated.
As part of an early preview of Destiny 2, some players were able to go hands-on with the game’s upcoming beta. And with that came a lot of screenshots from the game, and a few reveals.
The focus of most of those reveals has been on the weapon mods and shaders, but there is an additional detail that seemingly has gone overlooked. When comparing the trees of the same weapon used by different players, there appear to be different perks available. See below:
In both images, the Does Not Compute scout rifle has the High Impact perk, which is an intrinsic perk to the weapon and does not need experience to unlock. But in the first image, the perks available are different from those in the second image, which suggests that those perks are random rolls.
There is obviously a lot of confusion and without any clarification from Bungie, fans can only make assumptions. From our estimations there are two possible answers.
Answer one is that each weapon will have a fixed intrinsic perk that will be on every version of that gun. However, the other two perk slots are random, presumably pulled from a pool of possible perks for that particular weapon. So my Does Not Compute and my friend’s Does Not Compute will both have High Impact, but the other three perks will be different.
Answer two is that the second image is from an earlier build of the game, where Does Not Compute had different perks than it does in the beta. The fixed weapon rolls claim is then still valid and the debate continues.
Others that tried out the beta claim that it is the intrinsic perk that is randomized, but there is no proof to back up those claims unfortunately. In both images, High Impact is on the scout rifle so there is no way to confirm that slot is randomized.
The only way to really make heads or tails of this new information is to go hands-on with the Destiny 2 beta yourself, or to watch a livestream/video of the game in action. Luckily, those will start circulating the Internet tomorrow.
Destiny 2 releases September 6, 2017 for PS4 and Xbox One, and October 24 for PC.