Destiny 2 community event completed in just over a day due to abuse

It’s the last two weeks of Lot 2: Season of Plunder, and Bungie gave fans something fun: a community event. It started on Tuesday and was intended for players until the currently untitled Season 19 launches on December 6. Instead, however, players ended the event on Wednesday, just 25 hours after Bungie launched it.

For context, this community event was intended to enhance the Eliksni neighborhood in the tower – a special social space in Destiny’s usual social space holding fallen refugees in an old raid arena. A mysterious donation box in the middle of the Tower Courtyard beckoned players to track down Captain Coins (as well as other resources) and donate them to charity. As players hit certain donation thresholds, different parts of the quarter would grow and improve. Players would also get some bribe rewards for their contributions. It’s the kind of charity that benefits everyone.

However, players eventually unlocked the ability to donate other Season of Plunder currencies, such as the treasure coordinates earned by completing playlist activities in Destiny 2. This is where Bungie ran into trouble. There is an exploit in the game where players can generate unlimited treasure coordinates as long as they have a few to start with.

For some reason, when exchanging an expensive treasure map (which costs treasure coordinates) for a special free map, the game accidentally refunds a few too many treasure coordinates – like getting an extra penny back with your change. It’s not much, but if you run the exploit over and over again in quick succession, you can narrow down your treasure coordinates and then dump them into the donation box. Players who had already unlocked the free treasure map and had the resources to purchase the expensive one could generate hundreds of bonus treasure coordinates per minute, without actually spending any of their own money.

Players can unlock all of their individual rewards – including a cute exotic ghost – by donating 2,400 coins (or, in this case, coordinates). Using the exploit, that only took players about 10 to 15 minutes. That’s okay if only a few people did it to get the Ghost, but if thousands of players did it at the same time, the donations started coming in really fast.

Bungie set the ultimate goal for the event at 400,000,000 coins donated by the entire community. That’s a lofty goal without the exploit, and it would take around 167,000 Guardians to donate at least 2400 Coins – a tall order for an event that is essentially “play a bunch of stuff you’ve been playing for three months.” It’s not unreasonable to think that players might have needed the full holiday weekend and extra play time next week to generate those coins, had the exploit not been discovered. If interest really waned and players got bored, it is possible that the Eliksni would have entered next season with a half-built house.

But alas, the Eliksni are all already in their new living quarters before the Thanksgiving holiday begins in America. This year I know what the Fallen and the player Guardians are all thankful for: heroics.

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