You just can’t keep the gaming crowd down, can you Bungie? Not even a day after the infamous “Epic Loot Cave” in Destiny was nerfed in an update, over-anxious players have already found a replacement.
PS4 Trophies has a video showing exactly how to find the Loot Cave 2.0 in the Earth Map’s Rocket Yard, and with it, it explains how to exploit the six-second spawn rate. The drop rates are the same, and in fact, it’s actually easier than the old one to exploit while playing solo.
After backlash from the previous update, Bungie announced a new patch that will take aim at the core problems behind the stingy Engram items. No longer will gamers pick up an Engram just to find that it doesn’t match their color or produce an unwanted lower rated weapon. Bungie details the patch below in an update on its dev blog.
- Legendary Engrams will always produce Legendary or better quality items, including Materials or Exotics
- Rare Engrams will always produce Rare or better quality items
- Rare engrams will have an increased chance to produce Legendary quality items
The patch is aimed at giving players incentive not to grind, loot, and exploit the rough edges of the game. Bungie is hoping that the improved rate of better loot will inspire people to actually play the game rather than waste away precious hours firing in the same place.
It’s a much better approach than simply sealing off certain areas, folding your arms, and saying “NO MORE!”
The problem is, some people enjoy finding a game’s rough edges and exploiting them. It’s what made a lot of older games fun before this idea of patches ever came along. Can you imagine Nintendo releasing a patch that removed the classic Super Mario Bros. 1up trick? If Super Metroid‘s “sequence breaking” paths were sealed off?
Even if it’s not for just the sake of exploiting an oversight for fun, some people actually enjoy the grind. I haven’t played Destiny yet, but as a Dragon Quest fan, I am all too familiar with the idea of farming Metal Slimes and Gold Golems. It’s a practice I enjoy, and I would not be too thrilled if Square Enix stepped in like “big brother gaming” and told me I couldn’t do it anymore.
Give players a reason to stop looting and farming rather than stripping them of their ability to do it. It’s the only way to get people to play the game like you want them to. No matter how much you try, Bungie, gamers will find a way.