Whenever a new piece of content releases for Destiny, there’s a mad dash for players to claim bragging rights as they clear it under various self-imposed sets of rules. Going for a record time is a popular field of competition, but there’s also a bevy of Guardians who test themselves by soloing the game’s most challenging trials.
Whether they’re taking on a Strike on their lonesome, or attempting a Raid with no backup, these players demonstrate that it’s possible to ignore the social element of Destiny — so long as you’ve got the skills, and the gear. The Prison of Elders is the latest co-op challenge to be added into the game, and it’s already been bested by a lone wolf.
A player known as MERJ1 has made his claim as the first Guardian to deliver video evidence of a solo run of the level 34 variant of Prison of Elders. With zero deaths over the course of nearly an hour of combat, it’s a seriously impressive feat, particularly given that the content only launched this week.
MERJ1 has thrown down the gauntlet to the considerable player base that Destiny has amassed. Now, we’ll likely see a host of other Guardians attempt to perform the same feat while beating his time, a contest that will likely rage until the rumored ‘Comet’ expansion releases later in the year.
You might think that the level 35 Prison of Elders would be the next goal for Guardians, but one of the mechanics that arises in its climactic boss battle seems to prevent players from solo-ing the content on that difficulty level. It remains to be seen whether the game’s expert players will be able to find a way around this limitation.
The House of Wolves expansion certainly seems to have done its part to satisfy Destiny fans after the disappointing The Dark Below. However, it remains to be seen whether the lack of a full Raid will hurt the DLC package in the long run. With players already mastering Prison of Elders, the most dedicated Guardians might be done with the content all too soon.
However, events like the Trials of Osiris will help to mitigate the most persistent problem with the game — its lack of content. House of Wolves is certainly a step in the right direction as a whole, but a steady stream of events will be required to keep players invested over the summer and into the fall.
Destiny and the House of Wolves expansion are available now for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.