Destiny 2’s 2-Second Weapon Swap Delay To Be Reduced In Season 21, Says Bungie

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By Zuhaad Ali
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Earlier this week, Bungie released a new hotfix update for Destiny 2 that added some bug fixes, and changes to the game, with one change in particular that made the majority of the community furious.

The change in question was the newly added weapon swap delay to the game. This change made it so players are not able to shoot their weapons for two seconds after switching their weapons from their in-game inventory.

The reason behind this “fix” was a recently-discovered exploit that involved The Fourth Horseman exotic shotgun and a Pinpoint Slug shotgun, which allowed players to deal massive damage to endgame bosses, resulting in players completing these activities solo with ease.

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Since then, there have been several comments asking Bungie for more context on this and even calling this change a “bandaid” and not an actual fix for the exploit. We have some good news; Bungie has now shared some more details on this exploit and why they made the decision to add this 2-second weapon swap delay to the game.

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The developer has confirmed on Twitter that it plans to reduce the weapon swap delay timer from 2 seconds to 1 second, meaning players will be able to shoot weapons after one second.

“We would like to give some extra context on the weapon swap delay change. The shotgun exploit wasn’t the only issue we were seeing and to safely fix the underlying problem we needed to introduce a global firing delay when swapping weapons via the inventory screen,” the Destiny 2 Team account tweeted.

“Due to the networking differences across players and environments, we couldn’t guarantee the shortest possible delay would address the exploit.

“After closely observing the current behavior in the live game, we have enough information to dial this in more precisely, and plan to reduce the weapon swap delay to about one second shortly after Season 21’s launch later this month,” the tweet thread concluded.

At this time, we don’t have the exact release date for when this change is going live in the game. Rest assured, it is coming after the launch of Season of the Deep, which is on May 23, 2023.

Apart from this, Bungie has also officially revealed that it will be updating 24 exotic armor pieces in Destiny 2 Season 21. We have a complete list of these exotic changes which you can check out here.

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Destiny 2 Lightfall is now available on PlayStation, Xbox, and PC.


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