One of the biggest features players are looking forward to in Destiny 2: Forsaken, the game’s big fall expansion, is a change to how the weapon slots work. The Kinetic, Energy, and Power weapon arrangement that launched with Destiny 2 never really sat well with fans, who have been asking for a change for quite some time. Developer Bungie let fans know it was working on changing the system but had yet to detail exactly what those changes would be until recently.
After going hands on with Destiny 2: Forsaken at E3, Game Rant can provide details on the changes to the weapon slots. As shown off in last week’s Forsaken reveal stream, there are still just three weapon slots (some fans suggested in the past that Bungie should create a fourth weapon slot in Destiny 2) and they remain labeled the same: Kinetic, Energy, and Power.
But starting with Forsaken, a number of weapon classes won’t necessarily pin them to a particular slot; instead, weapons will be identified as a Kinetic, Energy, or Power weapon. For example, instead of a shotgun always being a Power weapon (like all shotguns are currently in Destiny 2), in Forsaken players will find Kinetic and Energy shotguns, which are specific to those particular weapon slots. As shown in the ViDoc that revealed Forsaken, that means players could run three shotguns if they wanted to. The same goes for sniper rifles, with some being Kinetic and equipped in the first weapon slot, and so on.
While not confirmed, it does appear that Year 1 weapons (which players will be able to carry over and level up in Year 2) will be locked in their current weapon slots, so don’t expect every weapon in the game to go under the design knife and be re-arranged with these new weapon slots – just those from Forsaken onwards.
Of course, one of the big questions is ammo economy with this new weapon setup. The answer to that is that, at least in the current build, weapons themselves dictate how much ammo they get when an ammo brick of that type is picked up. So, while picking up a Kinetic brick with an auto rifle equipped may grant hundreds of rounds to the magazine, picking up that same brick with a shotgun in the Kinetic slot will only grant a few rounds to that shotgun’s ammo, just as it would if it were in the Power slot and a brick of Power ammo was picked up.
Bungie has explained the weapon slots as being more open to player choice than ever before. Players will be able to equip weapons like vanilla Destiny 2’s “dual primary” system, like Destiny 1’s Primary/Special/Heavy system, as well as all-new ways to experiment by mixing and matching weapons across the weapon slots.
Destiny 2: Forsaken releases on September 4, 2018 for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.