Destiny 2‘s Coldheart, from the Omolon foundry, is the first exotic trace rifle in the game. It will begin as a pre-order incentive, but should become obtainable for all players after December 5th, 2017. Bungie chose to reveal this particular exotic with IGN as part of our IGN First this month, and we had a chance to sit with the team to discuss the creation of the weapon (check out the video below). Jesse van Dijk is an art director for Bungie and helped provide the concept for the piece, Jill Scharr is a writer providing the lore and description of the weapon, and Jon Weisnewski is a senior gameplay designer at Bungie who helped balance the weapon functionality across PVP and PVE environments.
While it builds the lore of the Omolon foundry, Coldheart also expands the types of weapons you’re able to acquire in the world of Destiny. While the recoil is high, the longer you’re able to hold Coldheart onto a target, the amount of damage it causes will increase over time. To achieve the technical aspects of a straight line weapon in the world the team also developed some new technology behind the scenes to ensure it functioned properly. Jon Weisnewski of Bungie did say that the team is trying more interesting player experiences with exotics and all weapons in Destiny 2 moving forward. We’ll have to wait and see how damaging the new tech will be to our enemies.
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