Destiny 2 players recently stumbled upon a glitch that allowed them to create incredibly powerful weapons and easily complete difficult endgame missions. Since the discovery of this bug, developer Bungie has been working hard to fix it and restore balance to the game.
Destiny 2 is a science fiction MMO shooter that focuses on collecting rare and magical weapons. The game’s creators invest a lot of time and resources into balancing the hundreds of weapons available to players. Even small changes to weapon bonuses can have a significant impact on the overall gameplay experience.
The glitch, which spread through social networks and various Destiny 2-dedicated subreddits, involved slowing down the game and quickly switching screens to create a new weapon with any combination of bonuses. PC players limited their frame rate to 30 frames per second, while console users initiated large file installations to induce delays. This allowed players to create bows that shot grenades and machine guns that fired shotgun rounds, among other powerful combinations.
These overly powerful setups quickly spread throughout the game, allowing players to clear dungeons, defeat bosses, and achieve excellent results in PvP modes. Many players expected Bungie to roll back the game and remove any gains made through this glitch. Surprisingly, the studio allowed players to continue using the glitch while they worked on fixing it.
Bungie announced on Twitter that they were aware of the issue and would be working on it. Instead of punishing players who took advantage of the glitch, the studio performed two updates. The first disabled the ability to use the created weapons, and the second restored these weapons to their default settings. Due to the complexity of the issue, the fix took longer than initially planned.
Despite the glitch compromising the game’s integrity, Destiny 2 actually saw an increase in the number of players over the weekend. The unexpected turmoil and the additional fun that players experienced provided a positive highlight for a game that had been dealing with some issues. Despite the flaws associated with exploiting the glitch, players were able to temporarily enjoy the benefits of having overly powerful weapons.