Gamers are unsure of what to feel about the changes brought to exotic weapons. True that some received buffs that we were long waiting for but the new upgrade system leaves me for one, wanting more.
The big change was that the exotic weapons and armors no longer require ascendant material to level up but require one more new material, “exotic shard”, to unlock the last upgrade. You can either get these exotic shards by breaking down old exotic weapons or by buying them from Xur for seven strange coins for one exotic shard.
The major issue is that old exotics became obsolete. Old exotics armors provided less light (30 vs 36 for upgraded exotics), and old exotic weapons do less damage than upgraded ones. So it goes without saying that everyone wants to upgrade their current exotics. But to do that you have to spend 1 exotic shard and 7000 glimmer per weapon or armor. To make matters worse, you will then need to re-level your exotics again from scratch! Talk about a grind fest.
Seeing the fan outcry Bungie provided the following notes on exotics including the fact that the upgraded exotics will be easier to level up.
• Destiny will continue to provide new ways to evolve • Your existing items will still be effective in any encounter • The Dark Below will contain exclusive options to level up • More powerful Exotics will drop, or be sold by Xûr • More powerful Legendaries will drop, or be sold by vendors • More powerful Raid gear will drop - and more often! • More predictable options will upgrade beloved Exotics • Exotic upgrades purchased from Xûr replace weaker items • Exotic upgrade paths require much less time and material • An upgraded Exotic is more powerful right out of the box
All this is well and good. But my question is this – will we need to do all this again when the next DLC lands? I am not looking forward to that at all. Like many gamers out there, this DLC made some big changes to the game that really killed my addiction to it.