Speculation regarding about a second game is rife within the Destiny community, in terms of what they’d like to see implemented, as well as when to expect the sequel to be announced.
One feature in particular certain fans would like to see is the return of is elemental primaries. In the first year of Destiny, a variety of weapons stood out from the crowd, such as Vision of Confluence, Fatebringer and a few others. This was because they were also able to deal elemental damage, proving very popular for a number players, who would rarely swap them out of their equipped slots due to their power.
This unfortunately didn’t last, as creative director of The Taken King Luke Smith took to NeoGAF a while ago to announce that elemental primaries would be no more, stating that they limited the variety of guns for players to use. The post stated:
Elemental primaries are being left behind. They had the distinct and undesirable property of limiting a broad weapon sandbox to a few weapons. You’re free to disagree, but I strongly prefer the breadth of arsenal options, the potential of finding a better Legendary than you have to being stuck because of a damage color.
As fans discuss what they’d like to see in a Destiny sequel, one user on the Destiny feedback forums raised the question as to whether we should see the return of elemental primaries. User MatMonkey 89 posted:
Personally, I don’t see why not as long as there are multiple options. I thought the raid weapons from year 1 were super useful, and then as trials weapons got burns it gave us more options to play with. Even though I understand that they don’t want non-elemental primaries to feel useless, I just wish that Zhalo wasn’t the only useful primary if burns are active. I think it would be cool if there was a way to infuse a primary so that it becomes elemental. That would be awesome if we had to raid (or something) to get an item that we could then use to imbue our primaries with arc burn or whatever.
According to certain responses, this was a very unpopular decision to have been made in the first place, with many calling for the return of elemental primaries. Whether it means making a return simply because it was such a popular feature, or make adjustments such as suggested by XaldinXenotrix and “reduce the elemental damage by half.”
Opinions will differ, and some may argue that it does hinder the weapon sandbox, and ultimately prefer having a wider variety of options within their arsenal. Feel free to leave your opinion in the comments section below. You can check out the full discussion on the Destiny feedback forums here.