Destiny 2 Loses Its 2 Most Famous Balancing Experts. At Destiny 2, two well-known and well-known employees have just announced their departure. Weapon Specialist Jon Weisnewski and Sandbox Design Lead Josh Hamrick go. The two were responsible for the “balance” in Destiny for years.
Staff changes are normal in the gaming industry, but Bungie rarely changes his mind. Many faces that depict Destiny 2 outward have become accustomed over the years.
We look at the recent farewells. Both developers had their last working day for Bungie on Friday, March 29, 2019, as they announced via Twitter.
This is what the Sandbox team does: both departures were involved in the Sandbox team. The team takes care of Destiny’s core and balancing:
- player skills
- close combat
Hamrick and Weisnewski had clear roles, outwardly and inwardly: Hamrick explained how classes’ abilities change. Weisnewski explained how individual weapons and weapon types are shifting.
While Hamrick often appeared in streams as head of the team, appearances by Weisnewski are rare.
This is Josh Hamrick: He has been the “Sandbox Design Lead” since 2016. So he was responsible for the balance in the game that no class is too strong or too weak.
He is also known to the players as the “cap-type” because Hamrick wore headgear of some kind on every gig.
That was Hamrick’s career:
- Hamrick has been with Bungie as Senior Gameplay Designer since 2009, working on Destiny 1.
- He then joined Bethesda for one year in August 2015, where he worked on Fallout 4.
- But then came back to Bungie in September 2016 and was here “Gameplay Design Lead.”
Hamrick: Bladed dancers hated him for a while
That was Hamrick’s job: He was responsible for “Balance Changes” as “Sandbox Lead” and then explained it in streams:
- Known is his statement that he had the perk “hungry blade” of the blade dancer personally fill. For that he was hostile, but the specialization of the hunter was already considered too weak anyway.
- It was Hamrick who openly criticized Destiny 2’s “mod system” and talked about operational blindness – that was a kind of “watershed” in May 2018 when Destiny developers spoke plain language
And in the dark days of Destiny, he had to listen to questions like “Are you stupid?”
I never in 1 millions years would have expected to be involved with anything, however small on my part, that would inspire someone to do something like this and then get to watch them grow at it and get better and better… Like… Damn, man.
— Josh Hamrick (@Josh_Hamrick) March 24, 2019
So Hamrick says goodbye: He was emotional, thanked the fans. He never expected to work on something that moved and inspired people like Destiny.
He will now take a break and then do something with games again.
Weisnewski – the weapon nerd of Destiny
This is Jon Weisnewski: He was Destiny’s “weapon type”. He was responsible for the balance of weapons and archetypes. He was always called upon to explain to the Guardians the balance changes to each weapon type that would come with a next patch.
Via Twitter, he was a contact point for the experts, if they wanted more information. There he occasionally dropped hints as to which exotics can look forward to a buff.
In podcasts from the Destiny community, he was the voice of the developers, explaining the reasoning, operations, and background.
Weisnweski was also developed in the legendary “0.04%” – Buff, which was discussed long and extensively at the end of 2015.
Something had gone terribly wrong with the patch notes.
Love my SandFam 😭 pic.twitter.com/QroakIbyvf
— Lisa Brown (@Wertle) March 30, 2019
This was Weisnewskis career: This is much straighter than that of Hamrick.
Weisnewski has been with Bungie since 2009, started as a test lead and then became a 2013 gameplay designer and promoted to senior gameplay designer in September 2015. (via Linkedin )
This was Weisnewski’s farewell: Emotionally like Hamrick. After 12 magical years, he is leaving now. The experience of building “this thing” with everyone else has been the experience of his life.
But now he feels the urge to get going again and to try something new.
Destiny fam! After 12 magical years, today is my last day at Bungie working on this incredible game. Building this thing with all of you has been the experience of a lifetime. It’s silly how lucky I feel to have been a part of it. Nothing but love for all of you! ❤️❤️❤️
— Jon Weisnewski (@sharkeatsman) March 29, 2019
The Deuces are sure to bring a piece of Destiny history. It will be interesting to see who follows in their footsteps.
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