Exploits are hardly a new concept in the realm of gaming and - at least in a temporary state - are almost to be expected in large-scale multiplayer titles like Destiny. This is no more true than with the series of glitches and exploits that surrounded the Crota's End raid, the second endgame experience for Bungie's new shooter. By making use of these exploits, it became entirely possible for gamers to solo the raid, but with the release of the latest hot fix for the game, players are likely to find Crota to be much more of a force to be reckoned with.
Announced earlier this week, gamers were promised a number of fixes for the Crota's End raid in Destiny that stood as one of "The Dark Below" expansion's main attractions. From preventing two Swordbearers from spawning simultaneously at the beginning of the Crota encounter to removing a Radiance Warlock's ability to remove the "Presence of Crota," today's hot fix ensures that - at least for now - the climactic Crota encounter is a hard-fought battle as originally intended.
In addition to fixes for the Crota's End raid, the January 12, 2015 hot fix also includes information that will be sure to excite fans of Destiny's competitive multiplayer. On January 13th at 1 a.m. PST, the Iron Banner will be returning to pit the cream of the Destiny crop against one another in hopes of scoring some rare loot. The complete hot fix notes can be found below.
- Fixed an issue with Ascendant Materials no longer being a possible reward for Daily gold-tier public events
- In addition to other potential rewards, Weekly Nightfall Strikes can now award 9 or more Strange Coins
- Added to the rotation for Control, Clash, and Iron Banner* playlists:
- The Anomaly
- The Burning Shrine
- Starts 1AM PST, Tuesday, January 13th
- Playlist weapon drops
- Level 32 Sniper Rifle
- Level 32 Auto Rifle
- Gain event standing to earn Legendary gear
- Level 32 Hand Cannon
- Level 32 Rocket Launcher
- Level 32 Gauntlets
- Level 31 Chest
- On the Sniper Rifle, Black Hammer, the Hive Breaker upgrade has been disabled until it is fixed to play nicely with the White Nail upgrade
Vault of Glass
- Exotic weapon drops (though still very infrequent) are now Level 32
- Treasure chests now contain Radiant Materials
- The existing Pit treasure chest reward has moved to killing Ir Yut, the Deathsinger
- Pit Encounter
- Pillars of Light no longer launch players into the air when they explode
- Bridge Encounter
- Players will now be required to cross the bridge in order to complete the bridge encounter
- Players will now be required to wait for the bridge to be completed prior to crossing with the sword
- Deathsinger Encounter
- Fixed a rare case where the Shriekers would not spawn, preventing players from reaching the Deathsinger
- The Deathsinger now has a chance to drop Exotic weapons and armor, class pieces, and Radiant materials
- Crota Encounter
- Two Swordbearers will no longer spawn at the same time at the outset of the encounter
- Crota will now recover from his kneeling state after a player quits
- Fixed a bug that allowed players to remove the “Presence of Crota” using a Radiance Warlock’s Fireborn ability
- Fixed a bug that made the Oversoul appear destroyed to some players in a Fireteam when it was actually still active
While there's a lot here for PvE fans to (potentially) get excited about with the Crota's End improvements, the prospect of some Legendary level 32 gear is likely to be quite tantalizing for the more competitive gamers out there. The Iron Banner rewards manage to cover a decent breadth of the Destiny gear gamut, but some users - particularly Pulse and Scout Rifle owners - will have to wait until Lord Saladin's next event to truly expand their armories. Regardless, there's still incentive for these players to take part with The Anomaly, Asylum and The Burning Shrine becoming part of the mode playlist.
Destiny ended up being one of the most-played titles at Game Rant for good reason. By blending strong raid and strike content that encourages players to work together as a cohesive whole with PvP multiplayer that highlights the game's strong shooting mechanics, there's a little something for everyone. With a new standalone expansion rumored for 2015, Destiny continues to impress as an ever-expanding experience and shows no signs of slowing down.
Will you be taking part in Destiny's Iron Banner event? Are you excited to try out Crota's End now that some of the kinks have been ironed out?
Destiny is available now on PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.