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Sniper changes coming to Destiny 2: Beyond Light explained

Published: 02:15, 23 October 2020
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Bungie announced a pile of changes for weapons in Destiny 2's upcoming sandbox, including the long-awaited sniper alterations to cull their dominance in PvP.

Sniper Rifles have been stalling some of the quick playmaking potential in Destiny 2 in the past few seasons since it was so easy to land headshots with them. While that is indeed the role of snipers, they were a bit too good and besides the long range, they also ruined Guardians' fun in mid and even short range.

This should be fixed in Beyond Light since aim assist will be knocked down a notch with the expansion. How much aim assist (AA) you get will depend on the rifle's scope - the longer-range the scope, the more bullet magnetism will kick in.

As Bungie themselves noted , low zoom scopes will get less AA which should result in fewer headshots overall. Scopes with 50 zoom remain unchanged while high-zoom scopes will get a bullet magnetism increase.

What these two changes mean is that players will get to choose between scopes that give better peripheral vision at the expense of precision and high precision at the cost of getting tunnel vision. The low-zoom scopes will hopefully no longer dominate the battlefield and quick-scoping will likely not be as prevalent since higher-zoom scopes are both disorienting and easier to escape at closer ranges.

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Overall, Bungie seem to be heading in the right direction with the upcoming changes as there is only one annoying weapon type that doesn't have announced nerfs yet - the shotguns.

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