Many Destiny players made their voices heard regarding the difficulty of finding fellow Guardians to join their fireteams for the weekly events and raids, resorting to outside resources such as Reddit and DestinyLFG.net. In the most recent patch, in addition to a few long overdue bug fixes, Bungie brought matchmaking to the Weekly Heroic Strike.
As there's always two sides to every situation, there's no shortage of high level players grumbling about the inability to solo the Weekly Heroic Strike post-patch. Some gamers enjoy the challenge, and prefer being in control of the strike without anyone tagging along.
Now, anytime a player initiates a Weekly Heroic Strike and they don't already have a full fireteam, the game will automatically team them up with two other Guardians. There's no option to solo. Even if Destiny players bring in two friends and they bail on the game, it won't prevent strangers from jumping in to take their place when they launch the strike.
Fortunately, YouTuber Chris Lawrence discovered a way to cancel matchmaking, it's exclusive to the PlayStation 4 since it requires altering the console's system clock while in game.
Shown in the video above, the steps start with changing the system clock to a future date while in-game. This will remove players from their current game, sending them to Destiny's main screen. Gamers then select their character, and while that's loading they switch the system clock back to normal.
From there, they head to the Tower. If no one else populates the Tower, the glitch should have been successful. The player can now return to orbit and launch the Weekly Heroic Strike. Matchmaking will still initiate, but it will be bugged out enough where it won't find any available Guardians and will default to sending you into the strike solo.
This will only work with PlayStation consoles, as Xbox Live prevents you from altering system settings while in-game. The restriction is most likely to prevent glitches and exploits like this, and it may be something Sony will look into preventing down the line as well.
It seems like a small hurdle for gamers who really want to jump into the Weekly Heroic Strike alone, they'll just have to be comfortable with tinkering around with the system clock. This won't prevent friends from joining up, but it will at least keep random Guardians from dropping in.
It's great to see developers like Bungie make changes based off of player feedback, but it may be beneficial for them to revise some changes with an opt-in or opt-out for the matchmaking. With gamers finding exploits like this, it's evident that plenty still prefer tackling the Weekly Heroic Strike alone.
What are your thoughts on the Weekly Heroic Strike matchmaking in Destiny? Would you prefer to have the choice to solo?