A New Cheat Is Wrecking Competitive Destiny Matches

A New Cheat Is Wrecking Competitive Destiny Matches

A new exploit has turned up in competitive Destiny, and it sucks.

Earlier this week, someone figured out a way for people playing the Hunter Nightstalker class to greatly extend the length of their Shadowshot super. The cheat, which I haven't actually been able to replicate in PvE, is apparently simple — by entering the menu while the super is active, a player can extend the timer. (I'd debated whether or not to actually share how to do the cheat in this post, but considering how simple it is (and how easy it is to find instructions online) I don't see the point in dancing around it.)

Last night as I was playing Iron Banner, I ran into a player using the cheat:

As you can see, dude fires off three arrows at me and two other players, killing us all. I then spawn in directly behind him (an unrelated issue, but also annoying) and he somehow still has his super going. He misses me with one arrow, then hits me with another, bringing his total arrow count up to five… which should be impossible for a Nightstalker. Notice the […] that appears by his name after he's killed me — that means that he's in his options menu, which is how you trigger the cheat.

I reported the player for cheating — who even knows if that accomplishes anything — but the bigger question remains: How long until Bungie fixes this? As I mentioned yesterday, supers have become the defining aspect of a given match of Destiny PvP, so a simple cheat that gives a player a potentially infinite super is a really big problem.

The issue is all the more pressing, seeing as how the intense Trials of Osiris tournament launches tomorrow. Exploitative fuckery is bad enough in Iron Banner; imagine losing out on a trip to Mercury because you came up against a team where all three players just used this exploit to win. In a thread on the Destiny subreddit, players are calling on Bungie to either address the exploit before tomorrow or delay Trials until it's fixed. Bungie's David "DeeJ" Dague briefly responded in that thread, saying he's "investigating on a few fronts right now," and that a more substantive response was coming.

I've asked Bungie what the deal is and if they're planning a fix; I'll update this post when I've heard more. My guess is they will fix it sooner rather than later. It's a big enough problem to completely derail PvP matches, and those kinds of problems don't usually linger for long. Here's hoping, anyway.


Comments

    Better jump on this quick, like the three of coins exploit... Oh wait this only disadvantages 2/3rds of the player base while the other 1/3rd is getting an advantage... What a conundrum for Bungie, with their normal lack of speed when patching out things that disadvantage players, going up against their patch immediately mentality when something gives players an edge...

    This wont get patched any time soon. They got this transaction stuff to look after. Bungie also has the loot chest glitch to sort out.

    Easy answer: play Warframe instead ;)
    But seriously, I don't understand why Kotaku posts daily about Destiny, but the only thing they've ever posted about Warframe was when a dude piggybacks into DE's office and gets a free lunch!

      You don't understand why Kotaku posts about a much more popular game? It's not that hard to understand. $$$

      I still don't know I should feel in regards to my #1 PS4 game being F2P.

      Oh wait, now I remember. I SHOULD BE ANGRY AT THE VOID NOT GIVING ME THE PRIME DROPS I WANT.
      Lex prime receiver. Bo prime handle. Two more carrier prime parts. :(

      *breathes*
      *breathes*

      Warframe.

      I love it. Seriously.

      I don't understand why they need to post articles about games people play daily either.

      But I wouldn't say no to posts about games such as Warframe appearing more frequently.

      because they are two complete different type of games?

      While I'm fairly sure this is meant to be rhetorical, I would say that Kotaku posts about Destiny more than Warframe for multiple reasons, namely:

      1. Destiny the Taken King has recently come out so there is a lot of people playing it for the first time, coming back to it, or just generally talking about it and looking for info about it on the web.

      2. Destiny probably has more active and total users than Warframe; while I can't confirm this since Bungie keeps active numbers a secret, Warframe had 12 million total users back in october of last year and Destiny had 16 million in february of this year. Assuming a game that came out in 2013 has a playerbase growing at the same rate as a game which came out more than a year later (and has had large advertising campaigns around new content being released recently) that would still put Destiny ahead.

      It's not a conspiracy to say that games websites write about games that are current and popular, it's common sense.

    They've said in today's update they're disabling the bug and fixing it later and postponing Trials of Osiris until they're sure no one can take advantage of this.

    The cheat, which I haven’t actually been able to replicate in PvE

    The cheat is very simple. But you need a special Exotic Helmet called the Graviton Forfeit. I used the glitch in Nightfall last night.

    There doesn't seem to be anything remarkable about the helmet that lets you do this, but people are saying that there must have been some perk/s that were in the helmet during pre-production that Bungie must have removed from the text description, but didn't actually switch off the perk in production and is causing the glitch.

    so the hunters super is finally equal to all other classes now?

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