Following the Destiny: The Taken King teaser released by Bungie, fans wondered what the mysterious exotic weapon blueprints screen could mean. The exotic blueprints screen, while only visible for a moment, revealed a multitude of weapons that were classified as Year 1 and Year 2 Exotic Blueprints, and some existing weapons were strangely classified as Year 2.
Bungie revealed some details on Destiny: The Taken King‘s new Year 2 upgrade system for Guardians with Year 1 weapons during their first of three Twitch livestreams, but not much information was revealed regarding how the exotic blueprints system will work. Thankfully, today’s Bungie Weekly Update is now shining some light on the matter.
Bungie was clearly well-aware that the exotic blueprint system had simultaneously intrigued and bewildered their loyal fans, so they went into great detail in their latest Bungie Weekly Update regarding how it will work. As some fans had previously speculated, exotic blueprints will be received when a player finds an exotic weapon. New copies of weapons can be purchased using these blueprints. However, the bought versions will not possess any of the upgrades made to previously-held, upgraded exotics, so Guardians shouldn’t drop their upgraded exotics unless they plan to start over the upgrading process from scratch.
Furthermore, exotic blueprints can be shared between characters on an account, so any character can buy an exotic another character has found. Bungie also explained that Year 2 blueprints of weapons that have already been found by Guardians in Year 1 can be purchased using Legendary Marks, a new version of Marks that will replace both Vanguard and Crucible Marks in the Tower.
Thankfully, Bungie seems to have carefully crafted solutions to the majority of problems that players are currently having with the game, as well as upcoming changes in The Taken King. Fans previously hated the idea that their Year 1 legendary gear couldn’t be upgraded, but the Year 2 exotic blueprints should help to soothe players. Additionally, Guardians with limited Vault space woes will be glad to know that Bungie is doubling available Vault space for all players. While the blueprints don’t directly relieve Vault space, any players who have been holding on to duplicate, unmodified exotic weapons will be able to toss them once the blueprint system is in place, and that will also help to save some space in their Vaults.
Bungie takes a lot of steps to keep an open communication with their players, and seems to be taking feedback seriously. They’ve already promised that Destiny’s Guardians will be playable for at least the next 10 years, so it looks like this is just the beginning of a great decade of gameplay.
Destiny: The Taken King is set to launch on September 15, 2015, for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.
Source: Bungie Weekly Update