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Bungie details old weapon infusion and Whisper of the Worm’s weapon slot in Destiny 2: Forsaken

Whisper of the Worm isn’t going anywhere

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Destiny 2 players still have quite a few questions about the new weapon system in the upcoming Destiny 2: Forsaken, and the infusion of their Year One weapons and armor. In a recent episode of the Game Informer Show podcast, Forsaken developers Scott Taylor and Steve Cotton answered some key fan questions about the upcoming expansion.

Players wanting to bring their Year One gear into Year Two will be able to without an additional resource — something Destiny has tried in the past. However, depending on the way players infuse, it may not be affordable to grab every gun you’ve ever loved in the first week.

The cost of infusion is all dependent on what is being infused into the weapon. Destiny 2: Forsaken will remove some of the restrictions to infusion currently present in game. Players will now be able to infuse anything that shares the same slot, rather than being forced to only use the same weapon type. This should help players remove the need to play with weapons they don’t like just to have the highest level possible.

However, the infusion cost will fluctuate with the new system. When infusing like-weapons, the cost of infusion will go down — with duplicates being the cheapest. But, players who want to infuse a new, high-level auto rifle into their trusty old Midnight Coup will need to pay a pretty penny. It’s currently unclear if like-weapons from different slots can be used to infuse the other or what currency infusion in general will use.

During the interview, Cotton and Taylor also clarified a question the community has had for the past few weeks. Whisper of the Worm — the new, exotic sniper rifle — will remain a power weapon when Destiny 2: Forsaken releases, despite most sniper rifles moving to the primary or secondary slot.

Like the Legend of Acrius shotgun — another weapon staying in the powerful slot — this move is likely to keep the guns feeling overpowered compared to those in the same archetype without breaking the game entirely.

As far as where other Year One weapons will end up, players will be able to find out for themselves when the Forsaken pre-patch is released on Aug. 28. Destiny 2: Forsaken will be released a week later, on Sept. 4, for PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One.