‘Destiny’ Rebalance a Mistake, Bungie Says


Destiny just received a fix that supposedly evened out the stats of many weapon types and leveled the playing field, but the company behind the shooter is now admitting a mistake in their update. This admission comes in the midst of the continuing problems Bungie, the company behind Destiny, seem to be having with leveling the entire universe for all to enjoy. Some would say this is just the latest mistake in the game’s lineage with the Iron Banner, which is expired for now but on the way back, not being as advertised and leaving many higher-level players frustrated.

Destiny, in the latest update, touched on Auto Rifles, Shotguns, Scout Rifles and many other pieces of the game’s gun structure. What many call the most powerful weapon in the game, the Vex Mythoclast, received a massive decrease in stats across the board with headshot damage being the only category to ascend slightly thanks to this tweak. Bungie, however, is now saying that their “nerf” of the weapon was too much. “Our nerf was intended to target PvP play,” said an official blog post on Bungie’s website. What happened unintentionally is that the weapon became too weak when users were not in the player-versus-player arenas.

As a fix, Destiny will be receiving another patch regarding the Mythoclast as well as other parts of the vaunted Vault of Glass. First of all, the weapon, which is one of the possible drops for completing the Vault on hard mode, will have its attack value placed “above and beyond” any other exotic currently in the game for the areas away from multiplayer. Bungie admits now that they are still looking for that balance of stats that “works for both PvP and PvE,” however, so further tweaking may be necessary. While this could be in line for next week’s hotfix, Bungie offers no timeline for this retooling as of yet.

Already on slate for next week’s Destiny fix is correcting the boss called Atheon inside the Vault of Glass. The first fix that Guardians will notice is that Atheon will no longer be defeated by falling from the edge of the arena as Bungie is adding “baby bumpers” to areas where that could happen. Target selection will also be modified during the encounter in the form of the creature’s Timestream attack now targeting three random players instead of the three furthest from its position.

Destiny and Bungie have had more than one admitted mistake inside the title’s first month of release. The anticipated Iron Banner, which was advertised as being a place for high level players to pit their skill and gear against one another, ended up being just as balanced as the rest of the Crucible playlist. Video evidence of a level four player taking out higher level players with the first rifle in the game showed off the hidden balancing in the Banner while Bungie themselves revealed that there were rubber bands keeping lower and higher level players together. Bungie has said that the Iron Banner will return to Destiny and that the entire team is listening to fan feedback in the meantime.

By Myles Gann


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24 Responses to "‘Destiny’ Rebalance a Mistake, Bungie Says"

  1. Jon   October 23, 2014 at 7:34 am

    That video of the level 4 winning in Iron Banner was overblown. He was fighting against people who were running in a straight line at him. Just because the other player’s gear was better doesn’t make poor PvP players win automatically. There were plenty of level advantages. As a level 25 Hunter and Warlock, I couldn’t put a dent in quite a few level 29s and 30s.

    People have no idea what they’re talking about, and I’m saddened that Bungie is listening to people who are using confirmation bias and faulty logic to adjust the programming.

  2. Jason   October 22, 2014 at 6:44 pm

    I decided couple weeks ago it is not worth investing so much time into this game.

  3. detox   October 21, 2014 at 9:00 am

    destinylfg.net is nicer =D

  4. Micah   October 21, 2014 at 8:46 am

    For all people struggling to get teams for dailies, weekly’s, VoG, etc. Go to destinylfg.com to find people or post. I’ve had excellent success with that site in particular

  5. calum wilper   October 21, 2014 at 6:19 am

    The title of this article is both inaccurate and misleading

  6. pattywagon   October 21, 2014 at 5:12 am

    Im sick of all this whining. I hope Bungie doesn’t give in to all the babies. Destiny is fine the way it is as long as it keeps expanding. Who ever said it was going to be fair or easy. I love how difficult it is. I love how drops are not predictable. It makes the rewards feel that much better when they do come. If you guys want something less intense that has a more communist economy, go play Diablo 3 or something and leave Destiny to the gamers who are wearing their big boy pants.

    • TearbringerDX (PS4)   October 21, 2014 at 5:35 am

      It is difficult? Haha! Hardly.

    • smokey-jb-   October 21, 2014 at 7:07 am

      I love the game but there is a couple things that could fixone problem is the little c**** dropping out of crucible everytime I lay down couple hundred points and screwing everyone else. Another thing is all the faction gear should not look the same dead or bit should look different from monarchy and so on. And matchmaking for the vault would be cool it’s hard to get my whole clan together at one time

    • Mark Joshi   October 21, 2014 at 7:15 am

      Strongly agree

  7. Gaz   October 21, 2014 at 4:27 am

    Things Destiny NEEDS:

    Exotics to be buffed for PVE, but stats rebalanced for PVP (except Iron Banner)

    Social interactions in Tower (method of saying “im looking for ppl to do nightfall” etc.. and to be able to create a temporary fireteam from within the tower…. and to be able to voice message and invite from within game without faffing in the friends lists)

    Crucible to either seam with the game OR be kept seperate entirely (im looking at YOU, exotic bounties!)

    Ways to work for specific items (Challenges/bounties that reward specific items like ascendant shards/energy. Coins. Motes. Etc.)

    Shaders for ships (seriously, poop brown is not attractive)

    Cryptarch to offer blue/purple engrams beyond level 20

    weekly and nightfall to be different strikes

    Please make it happen, Bungie….

    • Saturn Ascends (@Crysanthemumm)   October 21, 2014 at 4:49 am

      I agree ten thousand percent.

    • Chuffle-Monster   October 21, 2014 at 5:06 am

      You hit that sraight on the money all excellent points. Hit me at Chuffle-Monster if u ever wanna roll out on strikes.

    • John Iwaszek   October 21, 2014 at 5:48 am

      All points excellent, agree

    • rachael   October 21, 2014 at 6:59 am

      I agree with everything here! Especially interacting with others in the tower

    • MidnightEyeGoku (@Midnite_EyeGoku)   October 21, 2014 at 8:37 am

      Yes, on every point you’ve touched!!! Please Bungie listen to this!

  8. Tim   October 20, 2014 at 9:32 pm

    Budgie are trying a new way of doing things. This is not COD where the multilayer and single player modes are separate. Budgie have done a fantastic job with this game and unlike another games they are listening to fans and have been honest though out their fixes, think we need to stop focusing on the bad things, an give credit where it’s dué.

  9. Ryan   October 20, 2014 at 6:59 pm

    They basically need to just start over with this game. What a mess. I’m so dissapointed with bungie since destiny came out. It’s really hard to believe they spent all that time and money on this game when all of the halo games were much better and took way less time to make. I will not be purchasing DLC.

  10. matthew   October 20, 2014 at 6:11 pm

    They need to make it so if you don’t have a fire team you can randomly be put in a team for the raids weekly and daily strikes it sucks cause I can’t seam to get anyone to join me and I would like to do them

    • Myles Gann   October 20, 2014 at 6:18 pm

      Couldn’t agree more, Matthew. One of the biggest problems with the game still.

      • zands01   October 20, 2014 at 11:54 pm

        Yep agree

    • smokey-jb-   October 20, 2014 at 8:03 pm

      If your on ps4 hit up Triggernometry101 in clans we normally got a few players on. Especially after 5pm est

    • Klageren   October 20, 2014 at 9:23 pm

      Hey Matthew, if you’re on PS4 feel free to add me. I’m in EU timezone and I probably won’t play until the next patch hits.

      Gamertag: Klageren

    • Ladycroquet   October 21, 2014 at 12:35 am

      Ps4 – ladycroquet. Add me for strikes/nightfall. Lvl 28 warlock. Void walker maxed. Sunsinger almost maxed.

    • John Iwaszek   October 21, 2014 at 5:52 am

      Always down for strikes, including Vault and Nightfall. Hit me up @ Chuffle-Monster on PS


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