It only took half a day, but one new gun introduced in Destiny 2’s Curse of Osiris has totally broken the game.
That would be the new Prometheus Lens rifle, a new exotic that is essentially the “fire” version of the game’s previous laser beam gun, Coldheart, and one that was shown off quite a bit in early previews.
What was not shown is how completely, and utterly devastating it is.
While Destiny 2 players have been asking for Bungie to make them feel “powerful” and to create Gjallarhorn-like overpowered weapons again, it’s pretty clear to everyone that Prometheus Lens is a bridge too far, and Bungie is even acknowledging that the weapon shipped with a “bug,” but there’s no timetable for a fix yet.
Until then, prepare to die in flames.
While extremely powerful in PvE, no one really complains much about being able to kill AI-controlled bad guys too fast. Rather, the issue is more pressing in PvP where the gun just erases players before they even have a chance to react. It’s splitting matches into slaughters between those who have landed themselves a Prometheus Lens and those that have not.
Here’s a video showing the Prometheus Lens in action in PvP, which should immediately demonstrate why it’s such a problem:
I get that content is going to ship with bugs but did…anyone use this weapon before it was released? How does a “bug” like that make it into the final product? This is going to completely destroy PvP and heavily neuter PvE until it’s fixed, which may end up being the entire launch week of Curse of Osiris, if not longer. It also seems likely that Trials of the Nine will have to be cancelled completely until this is fixed, or else it’s going to be a flaming clown fiesta.
It’s a fine line between bringing back sought-after, powerful weapons like Gjallarhorn (which was itself eventually nerfed), and creating an absolute monster, and unfortunately, Prometheus Lens is just plain broken in an un-fun way. I do want Bungie to keep chasing this goal of making players feel powerful, but bugged out super weapons are not the way to go.
We should have our next update about the Prometheus Lens in “This Week at Bungie,” according to community manager Deej, which should be up on Thursday. I have no idea how complicated this fix is going to be but hopefully it can be addressed in next week’s already planned update adding a lot of new features into the game like Masterwork legendaries. But perhaps not, as that’s relatively short notice. The situation is bad enough where a hotfix should happen as soon as possible.
More info on this as it develops, but you might want to stay out of the Crucible for a while to avoid being cooked like a marshmallow.
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