Bungie has finally released full patch notes for weapon balancing in Destiny‘s April Update, allowing you to delve into greater detail into changes the studio is making for different weapon classes. Senior Designer Jon Weisnewski breaks down the changes made to Exotics like Thorn, Icebreaker, etc. as well.
The short version of it is that high rate of fire auto rifles would have their base damage reduced by 2.5 percent while low rate of fire ARs saw a 2.3 percent increase in damage. Some weapons like SUROS Regime have had perks like Spinning Up changed to balance them out, though Focused Fire on the gun now allows for max range.
Hand cannons have only seen an increase to inventory for PvE while Sniper Rifles have received a slightly higher readying time, closer zoom with all scopes and changes to special ammo during rounds. It was also noted that 1000 Yard State, the bane of many a Guardian’s existence, has had its overall ammo inventory reduced.
Check out everything else in the above link including changes to Warlocks, the death of the Last Word and much more. The April Update arrives on the 12th.