Weapon Popularity, Balance, and Data Science in Destiny 2

Rob Blatt
Rob Blatt
May 1, 2019 · 8 min read
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The Basics of Destiny 2

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Credit: The Verge
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All activities in Destiny 2 can be boiled down to these three types of gameplay. Credit: Rob Blatt

Why is Balance Necessary in Video Games?

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credit: theratchetorange

The Compulsion Loop and Rewards

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Every Single Popular Destiny Gun Is Getting Nerfed, Kotaku, 2015
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Yes, only 1,500 defeated opponents out of 2,500 towardsreward.

The Luna’s Howl Problem

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The Luna’s Howl hand cannon. Credit: Bungie
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Credit: Did you think this was a game?
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Credit: DestinyTracker.com

Calculating TTK using Weapon Stats

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Screenshot: Bungie
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My stats as of May 1, 2019 in PvP activities in 504 hours of game play. Credit: DestinyTracker.com

What to Do With Luna’s Howl?

Intended TTK vs Actual TTK

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