Next week’s Destiny 2.1.1 update will tweak Crucible ammo drops, introduce solo-player playlists
With the debut of Destiny’s Valentine’s Day-scented Crimson Days event this Tuesday, players will also be treated to the newest tweaks of the game’s next major update, update 2.1.1. “A Tower strewn with floral arrangements isn’t all you’ll find in the download,” Bungie’s David Dague declared in this week’s weekly update, and he’s right.
There are plenty of sizable changes coming next week, especially in the Crucible. The biggest of these, arguably-speaking, is the change coming to Special ammo. As of 2.1.1, players playing in all 3-vs-3 playlists (Skirmish, Salvage, Elimination, Trials of Osiris and other rotating playlists of the type) will begin matches without Special ammo and, as a result, immediate access to their more powerful weapons.
This was done, said senior designer Derek Carroll, to increase the usage of Primary weapons in the first part of a match. “Sniper rifles and shotguns, in particular, inspire great happiness or sadness depending on which end of the weapon you find yourself,” he explained. “We wanted to somewhat delay that gratification (and sadification).”
Players who have grown tired of getting sniped before they’ve even had a chance to warm up their auto rifles won’t be the only ones benefitting from 2.1.1’s additions. Lone wolves tired of getting mulched in the Crucible by tightknit teams will too, as Bungie is introducing two new “Freelance” playlists with them in mind.
These mixed-mode (a move to prevent repetition) playlists won’t be accessible to Fireteams, only to solo players. That way, everyone will have an “even playing field”, according to designer Jeremiah Pieschl, along with a “wider variety of engagements.” Freelance activities will be split between a 6-vs-6 playlist (a mix of Clash, Control, and Rift) and a 3-vs-3 playlist (Elimination, Salvage, and Skirmish) that will be “available sporadically” in the Director’s weekly rotators.
More general changes to the Crucible coming with the update will include changes to matchmaking. After recently tweaking Iron Banner, Skirmish, Rumble and Control to offer a smoother experience, Bungie will do the same for Trials of Osiris today, with Clash and the Crimson Days event’s new mode, Crimson Doubles, set to follow. While Bungie can’t do the same for all of the Crucible playlists at this time, the plan is to do so by a later future update.
I think I’ve said enough on my end. Anyone who wants to know the nitty-gritty about the additions and tweaks coming to Destiny’s 2.1.1 update can click on the link below.
A writer, journalist, and aspiring storyteller, Peter Grimm has been gaming since the days of the Nintendo 64, and reporting on the goings-on in the World of Gaming since late 2011. His base of writing operations is located within the void between Here and There, or so he would have you think.
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