Okay, who’s ready to go down the rabbit hole, via a brief detour to Japan? Last week, we talked about what I’m sure were the longest balance change notes PC Gamer has ever encountered in the form of a 9,000 Word Edition of This Week at Bungie. Among all the buffs, nerfs and general nerds (graphics!) on how airborne accuracy is calculated was a list of exotic weapons with their new ‘Airborne Effectiveness’ stats. The last entry said: [REDACTED] 29.
Bungie likes to use ‘redacted’ when teasing future content, but in this case – as seen by the ever-watchful detectives in r/raidsecrets— in the Japanese version of the post, the entry was no longer redacted. Instead, the Kanji translated to: ‘Invader’. Players of OG Destiny 1 will know that Trespasser was an exotic secondary weapon from the Rise of Iron expansion. Interestingly, that airborne effectiveness stat of 29 would line up with the wording written as a primary weapon. So a new exotic secondary weapon makes sense. But the evidence doesn’t stop there.
Not sure but here is a screenshot as well as evidence pic.twitter.com/g2qki5J83nApril 27, 2022
Of course, mistakes can happen with localizations, especially long ones, but as noted in the tweet above, the kanji used in Bungie’s post was a perfect copy of how Trespasser was previously displayed in the Japanese version of Destiny 1. Japanese blog post has been corrected to read 編集済み, which I’m pretty sure is the correct translation of worded with square brackets.
So can we confidently say that Trespasser is returning in Season 17? Probably! Other reasons to think likely include the fact that the Iron Banner event is being reworked next season and, as already noted, Trespasser came from the Iron Lord-themed Rise of Iron expansion. Likewise, there are numerous tips in folklore this season we will be dealing with the return of the hot mind Rasputin soon, and the opera-loving AI lord also figured heavily in the Rise of Iron era. Finally, in folklore, Trespasser was given to the guardian by the hunter Shiro-4, who also acted as a salesman in Rise of Iron.
Am I excited to use Trespasser again? It might be! It’s fair to say the weapon wasn’t remotely meta even when it arrived, and secondary weapons remain one of the game’s least-loved weapon archetypes. (Although I would say the Traveller’s Chosen and the Rat King are both superb exotics if you build for them.)
The original version of the weapon’s exotic trait read, “Reloading after a kill causes the next blast to be a longer, more powerful superburst.” That superburst had strong ‘Robocop at the shooting range‘, but in a world where weapons like Gjallarhorn and Ice Breaker existed, it was hard to justify using its exotic slot on a secondary weapon, no matter how cool it was.
For that reason, I would expect Trespasser to be substantially revamped if it returns, similar to how things like Thorn, Hawkmoon, and Vex Mythoclast have been given shine in the form of substantially more complex functionality. Destiny 2 Season 17 is set to begin on May 23, so we should know more soon.
Thanks to Houndish for tip.