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Crucible matches in Destiny will play out much differently once Update 1.1.2 arrives. Bungie plans to change how Heavy and Special Ammo will work in PvP.
Players receive ammo for their Heavy and Special weapons through crates that pop up during the match. That will stay the same but Bungie is going to tweak these spawns. For example, players will now find less Special ammo.
"Special Ammo will spawn less frequently, it will take longer to pick up, there will be less crates located on the map, and the bricks you find will provide you with less ammo," said Crucible designer Kevin Yanes in Bungie's Weekly Update. "I’ll save the stats and gory details for the Patch Notes."
"We wanted players to really think about how and when they should use their ammo. The hope is that you’ll ask yourself questions like: 'Is this snipe worth it right now? Should I really shotgun rush these players? Should I conserve ammo until the next crate?'"
At the same time, Bungie wants players to share Special Ammo more. They've noticed many Crucible fighters opening the crate while none of their teammates are around. The patch will increase the drop radius on these crates so nearby players are more likely to get Ammo as well.
With Heavy Ammo, the issue was that players were hanging out near the drops without actually picking it up.
"This hurts your ability to anticipate when heavy ammo would be in play during a match. By introducing despawn conditions, we’re ensuring that players will have to acquire ammo when it becomes available, or risk losing it all together."
To ensure that every player has a fair chance at getting Heavy Ammo, the spawn timer is being increased by five seconds. Bungie is also including new visual warnings so everyone's aware that they can soon reload their Gjallarhorn.
Update 1.1.2 will also make other changes to "refine the flow of traffic and mayhem" in the game. The full patch notes will be announced by Bungie soon. Presumably that'll happen next week when 1.1.2 is scheduled to drop.
This patch will be the last major update before expansion pack House of Wolves. Update 1.1.2's other features include expanded player vaults, new audiovisual options and bug fixes for the game's two raids.
House of Wolves will then follow sometime this spring. Wolves' features haven't been formally announced yet but leaks suggest it will add a new social hub set in the Reef. If previous expansion The Dark Below is any indication, players will get plenty of new PvE and PvP activities as well along with new loot.