There’s nothing gamers love like glitches, trivia, and hidden treasures. There’s just something uniquely fun about finding gems of information, entertainment or additional gameplay that developers have hidden – intentionally or unintentionally – inside their game. Destiny ha offered up more than a few examples of foibles Bungie disguised or missed during the game’s development.
Whether that’s unique methods to take down Atheon and Crota, or finding the latest and greatest loot cave, players are always on the hunt for something new. Yet one part of the game that has seemed decidedly un-mysterious is the Tower, the player hub located near’s Earth’s last safe city. Now, one Guardian has taken it upon themselves to uncover some new information about the game’s social hub.
This player, who goes by “dwntwn_dine_ent_dist” on Reddit, used their observations skills at the Tower – and knowledge of sundials – to determine that Destiny‘s Tower is located in Chile.
Dwntwn’s post comes just a day after another Redditor put forward the theory that the Tower must be located in Baffin Island, Canada, relying on topography and satellite images of Earth to prove the location of the Tower is 66.242943 latitude and -65.380563 longitude.
However, as dwntwn points out in his post, the sun tells a different story as it shines upon the Tower’s marble steps. Providing a quick lesson in the movement of the sunrise and sunset, and the sun’s position on the horizon, the user proves that the current date is an equinox, either spring or autumn. The shadows further clarifiy that the Tower is actually in the southern hemisphere, not the northern – quickly ruling out the Canada theory:
“Shadows of vertical objects cast on the level ground by the sun move counterclockwise. From this, it must be that the Tower (and the City) are in the southern hemisphere. This is consistent with the name “North Tower”, which is roughly the northwest part of the Tower overall.”
If you’re not impressed yet, check this out: dwntwn uses shadows again to prove that the Tower is located at 29°, meaning the location could be Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil, South Africa, Lesotho or Australia.
The last piece of the puzzle brings into account the geological features on the ground around the Tower, which rules out all but Chile, showing that the Tower is located on the west side of the Andes Mountains. So there you have it: the Destiny Tower is located in Chile. While the photo evidence suggesting Canada is pretty convincing, it’s hard to beat science, and dwntwn has done a pretty thorough job of proving their theory.
We can all sleep a little easier knowing this terrible mystery has been solved for good. I guess the only thing left to do is for Bungie to confirm that this really is the location of the Tower… assuming their sun cycles and movements were anything but random.
What do you think about this revelation? Do you believe the Destiny Tower really is located in Chile, or do you have your own theory? Let us know in the comments.
Destiny is available for PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.