While Destiny received plenty of complaints for its supposed lack of content, that hasn't prevented the game from growing a sizeable community of highly dedicated Guardians. These players are dead set on continually proving their mastery of the title, one-upping each other's achievements as they go.
It's no secret that the biggest challenges within Destiny are its Raids, and as such they've become something of a battleground for fans keen to prove their mettle. Whether it's self-imposed challenges or increasingly competitive speedruns, players love to record their exploits and share them online for the rest of the community to see — a method of laying down the gauntlet to other players.
Raids are typically attempted by a team of six Guardians, but expert players often take them on solo to demonstrate their skill. Now, a video has been released as evidence of the first Hunter to solo the Crota's End Raid on Hard mode. Nick Deprez is the player responsible for the achievement, which he describes as the 'hardest thing [he has] ever done' in the video's description on YouTube.
Bungie have been very clear that Raids are meant to be the greatest test for Destiny players, but so far we've seen the best of the best become very capable of handling the challenge. Going forward, it will be very interesting to see how the studio balances catering to the most skilled sector of their audience alongside new players.
The structure of Destiny is such that there's some flexibility into the order that challenges are attempted in — because of their level requirement; Raids are amongst the last parts of the game players will attack. However, when one Guardian can complete a Hard version of a challenge meant to be a big test for six, it will be no small feat to continue delivering content that will test the best of the best.
It's expected that the next Destiny expansion, the House of Wolves, will release before the end of next month. When it does, it will bring with it the game's next Raid, which is thought to be called The Arena. While the Vault of Glass was a good start, Crota's End demonstrated an evolution in terms of design — we'll have to wait and see whether The Arena can continue that trend.
Destiny is available now for Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4. The House of Wolves DLC is rumored to release on May 19, 2015.