Well, that didn’t take long.
Less than 24 hours after Bungie removed the “Cave of Wonders” from Destiny, players have uncovered another exploit that might even be more rewarding. YouTube channel PS4Trophies states that the Second Coming of the Cave features the same 6-second respawn timer as the original and has the the same drop rates as well.
You can find it by heading to the Rocketyard on planet Earth. To be clear, the new loot pinata isn’t quite a “cave” but the strategy is largely the same. You’ll want to take a weapon with a decent scope and take the high ground in the yard, as shown in the above video. One nice difference between this location and the original farming spot as pointed out by PS4Trophies is that it is actually even easier to solo because any enemies that you initially miss will just come closer to you for a better shot at a kill. Shoot until you run out of ammo, run in and loot and repeat.
It will be interesting to see what happens at this spot once more players start showing up. Will the server start spawning a ridiculous number of enemies all at once to try and take out your fire squad like at Loot Cave 1.0? You also have to consider that Bungie probably isn’t going to stand idly by for all that long, so you better get to looting while the looting is good.
While we’re excited about the possibility of a new “loot cave” in Destiny, we’re also really hoping Bungie will use these areas as a reason to consider revamping their loot system. To be fair, players in MMOs will almost always take the path of least resistance when it comes to getting loot, but the overwhelming popularity of these exploits could also be seen as a bit of commentary on the way gear is distributed when playing the game “normally.”
It’s no secret that a lot of players have been underwhelmed with the Engram system. The fact that many seemingly “legendary engrams” end up turning into useless pieces of gear has been the subject of much ridicule. Bungie has already promised revisions to the way this system works in the future to make it more clear that not every “legendary engram” will in fact end up turning into gear that the player desires.
Personally, I think Bungie would benefit from taking look at another high-profile game that is published by Activision Blizzard. When Diablo 3 first released, gear drops were plentiful but it was a crap shoot as to whether or not you would get a piece of gear that was actually useful to your class. When Blizzard revamped Diablo’s loot system for the release of Reaper of Souls earlier this year, they made the loot drops more scarce but dramatically increased the chances that what did drop would be useful to the player. Loot 2.0, as it was dubbed by Blizzard, is one of the major reasonsDiablo 3 is now seen as a success again.
Obviously, Destiny is its own game and I’m not saying they should just rip off what another game did. But as Bungie no doubt scrambles to patch this latest exploit, it might be beneficial to them and to the long-term health of the game if they can figure out a way to take the feelings of joy players get upon discovering one of these new exploits and redistribute them throughout the rest of the game.
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