Beloved sniper rifle Ice Breaker returns to Destiny in December

I’m sorry. I should have paid better attention to this reveal trailer for The Dawning, “Destiny’s” new winter expansion being released on Dec. 13. It showed the return of sparrow racing and a new scoring system for strikes, but I didn’t really care.

I got hung up at the 1:06 mark.

Yes. That is Ice Breaker. The one and only.

Year One players will remember how several of their beloved weapons got nerfed as developers tried to tweak the game experience. Ice Breaker and Gjallarhorn had their powers peeled back for about a week before the release of “The Taken King.” When “The Taken King” rolled out, those weapons found themselves getting left on the shelf, unused because their power levels were too low now. Granted, that transition unleashed a series of new weapons and an infusion system that completely changed the game, so players forgot all about the nerfs.

But the precedent to bring back some classics was there, especially with the return of Gjallarhorn. It was just a matter of time. Bungie announced during today’s Playstation Experience that the weapon and its ammo-regenerating ability would return, as well as a nifty new ornament (that’s Destin-ese for “weapon skin”).

“Destiny” is in a lame duck year, of sorts. A majority of staff are developing the sequel for release in 2017, so it stands to reason that a majority of what we can expect for the rest of the current game’s lifespan are expansions similar to SRL and the April update. So it makes sense to bring back some of those classic exotics. Ice Breaker was the last really popular exotic to remain floating out there (I don’t hear a lot of players wishing they had Pocket Infinity back).

Pretty sure that the gun will return with its nerfs intact. The ammo regeneration will take about 9 seconds per round, but will it have the same high impact and range? Will it become the standard choice of sniper rifle in the Crucible? Will Trials players choose it over their 1000-Yard Stares or Longbows? Most importantly, will it still have that amazing firing sound?

And when Dec. 13 rolls around, who wants to run a Nightfall with me so I can get my baby back?

Joe Hadsall
Writer, reporter, magician, geek. Joe Hadsall is the features editor for The Joplin Globe, where he is the king of geeks in southwest Missouri, and is loving how the popularity of geek culture has led to more people understanding his jokes. He tweets a lot about Destiny, mobile devices, the New Orleans Saints and more at @JoeHadsall.

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