Despite saying that Destiny‘s elemental primaries were a thing of the past, they are making a return to Destiny as part of the game’s last live event, Age of Triumph. Age of Triumph, which will debut on March 28, will bring a new Heroic Mode to the first three raids, bringing them up to 390 Light.
Along with that Light increase, the raids will drop its gear at new Light levels as well. That includes weapons like fan-favorite Fatebringer, which is a hand cannon that possesses Arc damage. Another weapon that many Destiny veterans will be happy to se come back is the Vex Mythoclast, the exotic primary fusion rifle that was a rare drop from Atheon in Vault of Glass’s Heroic Mode.
Bungie says it will further discuss how elemental primaries and the Vex Mythoclast will affect balance in Destiny in its third Twitch stream talking about Age of Triumph. That stream, with Bungie designer Josh Hamrick, will take place Wednesday, March 22.
That will be an interesting conversation, because balance is the reason elemental primaries were capped off at old Light levels back in Year 2, forced to stay behind and fall into irrelevance. Back when The Taken King launched, creative director Luke Smith said, elemental primaries “had the distinct and undesirable property of limiting a broad weapon sandbox to a few weapons.”
That was seen to its greatest degree in the House of Wolves expansion, which was released prior to The Taken King. Then, too, the Fatebringer being allowed to move up to current Light levels was the big news. Fans were excited to have the powerful weapon in their arsenals again. But, just as Smith said, it did become the de facto, go-to primary weapon for most encounters.
That’s not to say that Bungie doesn’t have an answer to combat that problem again. After all, the developer was able to bring back the formerly overpowered Gjallarhorn into the current state of the game without breaking the game and its balance. They did it again with Ice Breaker, and besides it being used to overcome the Special Ammo change in the Crucible, it does not have quite the prominence it enjoyed in vanilla Destiny.
The raid weapons will be available when the refreshed raids hit Destiny in the Age of Triumph live event March 28, 2017.
Destiny: Rise of Iron is available now on PS4 and Xbox One.