Destiny 2 landing on PC has been a godsend for players who missed out the first time around. But it's also sparked a debate over the last couple of days over the strength of aim assist for controllers, not just because it exists, but because it might also inadvertently help out those playing with mouse and keyboard as well.
The problem, as pointed out on various subreddits and the official Destiny 2 forums, revolves around an unfair advantage. As critics say, the level of aim assist on controllers right now is akin to a free, developer sanctioned aimbot.
This isn't new for Destiny, of course. The original game was always generous with aim assist, with particular guns (Bad Juju was especially egregious) getting more help than others. But aim assist isn't a way of life on PCs, which is why clips like this have started to generate such a furore among Destiny 2 fans on PC. (You'll see it more effectively if you slow the footage down to 0.25x.)
The real kicker isn't just that controllers have aim assist, but that nefarious users can trick Destiny 2 into thinking that they're using a controller on a PC. That allows them the precision of a mouse and keyboard setup, while also getting the benefit of Bungie's generous aim assist:
There was also a post on the Destiny 2 subreddit outlining how users could enable aim assist for mouse and keyboard controls, directions that have since been removed.
To their credit, the aim assist issue is something Bungie was aware of before the PC beta began. "This is a topic we have anticipated," a developer wrote on the official forums.
"It’s a conversation we will continue to monitor. Please continue to share honest feedback about your experiences in the wild. This is why we test ... we’ll talk more after the PC Beta."
The most logical solution, of course, is to disable aim assist in PvP scenarios. Bungie has already publicly indicated that the PC and console versions would be balanced separately - ala Overwatch - although whether the Destiny 2 engine can easily support such a feature may be another matter entirely.
Nonetheless, Bungie's aware of it. Nothing will change by the time the open beta ends, mind you, which won't come as any comfort to gamers raging over the magnetic attraction of their head in PvP.
But it's an interesting fork in the ongoing discussion when it comes to controllers versus mouse and keyboard - and the response will no doubt be tracked closely by any developers looking to combine mouse and keyboard users with their controller wielding counterparts.