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Dressed to Kill: Destiny’s Weapons and Armor

Sid Shuman's Avatar + Posted by Sid Shuman on May 05, 2014 // Senior Manager, Social Media

Last week, I shared my first PS4 hands-on experiences with Destiny, Bungie’s ambitious social shooter. In today’s new video, weapons, armor, and loot are squarely in the crosshairs as lead designer Lars Bakken and community manager David Dague walk us through Bungie’s plans for galactic domination.

Destiny’s arsenal is vast and varied: fire-spewing shotguns and head-melting fusion rifles coexist beside traditional pistols and rifles. Weapons span three broad categories: Primary (autorifles and hand cannons), Special (shotguns and sniper rifles), and Heavy (rockets and belt-fed machineguns).

There’s plenty of variety within each category, too. The autorifle sub-category includes burst-fire pulse rifles, single-shot carbines, and an array of full-auto assault rifles that prove murderously effective at close range. Despite the sprawling arsenal, Bungie’s designers are taking pains to hand-tune each weapon’s look, feel, and lore, making them feel like natural extensions of the game’s fiction, not the expressions of some rampant computer algorithm.

Helpfully, you can break down unwanted gear into raw components that reinforce your favorite weapon with new effects, including “elemental” damage in the form of Arc, Thermal, or Void damage that can stack on top of your weapon’s base damage and introduce new strategic wrinkles.

Armor, meanwhile, fortifies your defenses and augments your class stats. Destiny’s armor designs look strikingly different, running the gamut from space marine to neo-Roman, retro ‘60s-inspired and beyond. Off the battlefield, you’ll visit the Tower to show off your new gear, decode salvaged equipment, or pick through the nearby shops.

That’s it for now — watch the first part of our Destiny hands-on preview below, and leave your questions in the comments!

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+ WHITE_PR on May 5th, 2014 at 12:40 pm said:

I have 2 PS4 on my house 1 for my wife, 1 for me. I think this is the perfect game for us, helping each other to both level up. I cant wait. We are in!


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    + Sid Shuman on May 5th, 2014 at 2:23 pm said:

    Nice! That should work out well :)


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+ rufusmarch23 on May 5th, 2014 at 12:49 pm said:

Looks great! Will there be split screen?


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    + Sid Shuman on May 5th, 2014 at 2:23 pm said:

    No word yet – I definitely plan to ask ASAP :)


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+ NMeck702 on May 5th, 2014 at 12:53 pm said:

Looks awesome. I’m glad to hear that there is a private loot stream. I always got frustrated in other loot-based games when some random person grabs all of the loot before you have a chance to even look at it.


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    + Sid Shuman on May 5th, 2014 at 2:23 pm said:

    Yeah, there are pros and cons to both approaches depending on the genre – private loot stream definitely works better for Destiny IMO.


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+ EightArms2CrushU on May 5th, 2014 at 12:54 pm said:

@WHITE_PR That’s funny! My wife and I also bought two PS4s with the intention of playing Destiny together. We should team up! Ha ha!


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+ DemonShiro on May 5th, 2014 at 1:01 pm said:

Why can’t I see any videos?


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    + Sid Shuman on May 5th, 2014 at 2:24 pm said:

    Have you tried refreshing the page?


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+ Rammel29 on May 5th, 2014 at 1:07 pm said:

I will be getting this for the PS3, can’t wait! Probably won’t pick up a PS4 until 2015.


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+ Rammel29 on May 5th, 2014 at 1:12 pm said:

I hate to double post but every time I look at how the characters are designed I just keep think this game is about the Quarians from Mass Effect.


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    + Sid Shuman on May 5th, 2014 at 2:24 pm said:

    There’s definitely some similar design DNA there – but some of it is the default armor designs, which change radically as you level up.


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+ PulmonaryRex on May 5th, 2014 at 1:12 pm said:

Hey guys n gals. Have they spoken about the in-game economy or a trading system at all? I have been trying to keep up with everything but may have missed that if so. If anyone knows I would appreciate the information. Thanks!


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    + Sid Shuman on May 5th, 2014 at 2:26 pm said:

    Limited info for now, but here’s some extra insight: When you pick up certain types of loot in battle, they’ll be encoded and you’ll need to decode them to reveal their benefits (ala the ID scroll from Diablo) from a vendor. In general, we didn’t get much time to check out the Tower, but it’s the social hub for the game and the center of all trading. You can’t sell items, only break them down into base components that you can use to upgrade other gear. That’s the short version!


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+ TruePSIVWiiUFan on May 5th, 2014 at 1:19 pm said:

This game is going to be fantastic. Cannot wait to play this game on the 9th of September.


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    + Sid Shuman on May 5th, 2014 at 2:27 pm said:

    I really enjoyed what I played :)


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+ stlthriot on May 5th, 2014 at 1:45 pm said:

Will there be a digital preorder available so we can get in on the beta, too?
I want to get the digital PS4 version. :)


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    + Sid Shuman on May 5th, 2014 at 2:27 pm said:

    No word yet, but stay tuned!


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+ beastlybiggs10 on May 5th, 2014 at 1:45 pm said:

CANT WAIT!!!!!!!


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+ kcharris on May 5th, 2014 at 1:47 pm said:

Ugh, another destiny video. I’m gonna get fat off all this sweet stuff they’re showing xD


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+ DarkHoop on May 5th, 2014 at 2:11 pm said:

Looks freaking amazing. I got two PS4s waiting for this game for me and my son!!!!!!!


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+ crzander12 on May 5th, 2014 at 2:12 pm said:

How will the level system work in competitive multi-player? Will it be different than the default leveling system?


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    + Sid Shuman on May 5th, 2014 at 2:28 pm said:

    Competitive info is still mysterious, but Bungie is saying E3, so…


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+ kcharris on May 5th, 2014 at 2:16 pm said:

@crzander12 Everything you get and do in campaign goes to multiplayer, in fact you can’t even play multiplayer until you find the arena in story so that you won’t get destroyed for not having a super or no cool guns.


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+ Pickles_Warden on May 5th, 2014 at 2:17 pm said:

When you use the same weapons with different characters. Does that mean each character gets a copy of that weapon or do they have all share that weapon one at a time between each other?


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    + Sid Shuman on May 5th, 2014 at 2:29 pm said:

    Not sure if players can trade between their different characters; but each character class can use any weapon, unlike some class-based games with RPG elements.


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+ kcharris on May 5th, 2014 at 2:19 pm said:

There’s a vault to share the weapon between characters like in borderlands 2.


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    + Sid Shuman on May 5th, 2014 at 2:29 pm said:

    Ahh…good to know! ^_^


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+ kcharris on May 5th, 2014 at 2:24 pm said:

@PulmonaryRex I think they stated there won’t be trading system between players when the game first starts out but will be added later. I think you can also sell excess weapons for glimmer, the in game currency that you cannot buy with real money, which i think is nice. Glimmer can be used to buy weapons and equipment from vendors and also upgrades for them when once they become unlocked. Some of that may be a bit off, srry.


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+ ZellCarter on May 5th, 2014 at 2:39 pm said:

Since the loot system is specific for each player(a la warframe) is there a marking system for players who wish to show other players where loot is dropped if they are not close to the action?


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    + Sid Shuman on May 5th, 2014 at 4:51 pm said:

    The drops don’t necessarily come out all at once. I’ve only seen one drop at a time (always for me, of course).


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+ the_Lagg0r on May 5th, 2014 at 2:50 pm said:

I have a problem right here. The space where the 2 videos should be is completely white – the only thing it says is “…Block” and that’s it.

Do I need a specific player to watch these?


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    + Sid Shuman on May 5th, 2014 at 4:50 pm said:

    No – are you watching at work? Might be blocked by network settings.


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+ DoTheKiller91 on May 5th, 2014 at 3:05 pm said:

Cooperative > Competitive

Thats just my opinion though.


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    + Sid Shuman on May 5th, 2014 at 4:50 pm said:

    Agreed! Love ‘em both, though.


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+ Rezznak on May 5th, 2014 at 3:23 pm said:

^^agreed. And as long as Marty’s music is still in the game, then…day 1 for me…


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    + Sid Shuman on May 5th, 2014 at 4:50 pm said:

    The music is *sick*. I loved it, was humming it for days after.


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+ thesamuraiman_PS on May 5th, 2014 at 4:08 pm said:

Man, I’ve been waiting for this game since March of 2013!!! Gonna be so great! :3


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+ Aldebaran517 on May 5th, 2014 at 4:38 pm said:

Hey, when are we going to see videos for ps3 version of the game?


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+ vstarwow on May 5th, 2014 at 4:59 pm said:

Looks like “Warframe 2.0″


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+ Tactics98 on May 5th, 2014 at 5:18 pm said:

I’m extremely excited to play the beta when it comes out. Has there been any word about whether or not you can put bounties on other players? And will there be any kind of trading or bartering system between players or is it a ‘find your own stuff’ kind of system?


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+ the_Lagg0r on May 5th, 2014 at 5:20 pm said:

Not watching from work – right here on my home pc.

I really wanna watch this tho, haha.


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+ Freestylinyoshi on May 5th, 2014 at 5:34 pm said:

Most important for me and few others. Can you play in 3rd person : Not just a transition into 3rd person when activating skills.
If I make myself look “bad-ass” I want to see it too.


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+ PanTheMan16 on May 5th, 2014 at 5:51 pm said:

@the_Lagg0r: Not sure if you’re in the U.S. or not, but if not, try using a U.S. proxy.


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+ notoptimus on May 5th, 2014 at 5:56 pm said:

If there’s no split screen they may have lost a sale from me.


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+ SureBigBuster on May 5th, 2014 at 6:06 pm said:

I CANNOT wait to get my hands on Destiny. Hype level= 9*10^1000000000000000000!


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+ JROD0823 on May 5th, 2014 at 6:58 pm said:

This game looks better with every video.

September is going to be awesome!


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+ Zeezke on May 5th, 2014 at 7:32 pm said:

I must say, I’m getting this game first on Xbox One; HOWEVER, before you guys go off on me. This game is definitely a winning factor in me for buying a PS4 also. Both are good consoles, can’t wait to play with everyone.


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+ Zx-Epic-Fox-xZ on May 5th, 2014 at 9:28 pm said:

This looks great. im glad I chose to go PS4 this console generation for the small perks like the Destiny Beta First. Cant wait to play Destiny with my mates <3


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+ MrAlanC on May 6th, 2014 at 12:41 am said:

Im Down.


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+ Respaw2k on May 6th, 2014 at 12:42 am said:

Hi all, thanks for the video.
Does anybody know if PS3 ans PS4 players will be able to play together ? This could be awesome !
Thanks for your answer ;-)


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+ zzxq90 on May 6th, 2014 at 2:37 am said:

This is why i wanted a PS4. I cannot wait!


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+ KnightRid on May 6th, 2014 at 4:27 am said:

I was really hoping Destiny would be more RPG rather than a run around and pull the trigger game but it seems like the wow factor of people thinking no strategy is how to play games now a days won out. Sad. I love the Mass Effect series but wish it had a bit more action and really thought this would be a fill-gap for that. I can still hope by the time it goes live they will fix the “run around and shoot wildly cause its so much fun” aspect and create a more appealing game that could be played for years down the road.

Oh well, run around and shoot wildly games are where the money is made so I understand going that direction it just isnt a direction I will go anytime soon.


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+ iREVOLTER on May 6th, 2014 at 5:06 am said:

As usual everything Destiny is “looking forward to it” from me :D


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+ guyred1 on May 7th, 2014 at 4:06 am said:

goodbye dc universe
hello destiny


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+ dragonvskira on May 8th, 2014 at 12:56 pm said:

for the love of God please tell me this has split-screen co-op. That would CEMENT my purchase. Playing this with a friends will be a EPIC WIN!


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+ dragonvskira on May 8th, 2014 at 12:56 pm said:

for the love of God please tell me this has split-screen co-op !!!!!!!


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