Many games feature ultimate weapons, only obtainable by players of particular skill and dedication to following subtle clues or access hidden areas. Of course nowadays, with how quickly information spreads online, developers have to make the tasks required in obtaining these prizes even more complex. Obsessive fans colluding over message boards isn't just expected, it's accounted for and required. Destiny, in particular, has a reputation for making these rare items especially difficult to obtain. The latest of these quests in Destiny: Rise of Iron stands out above all others as being ridiculously complicated.
So, how exactly did Datto get that bad boy up there? Well, a little raiding, a little math, and a lot of help from one's friends. It all started over the weekend when players on Rise of Iron's latest raid Wrath of the Machine. There the raiders encountered a chest that could not be opened, as it was blocked by five lasers. It didn't take them long to find the monitors that disabled four of the lasers, but the fifth was going to prove much, much trickier.
Bungie had expanded 'Owl Sector', their pre-launch alternate reality game, with a new layer that presented the players with a huge, complex encryption scheme. This is the point where casual players can just leave the table, because it's about to get real. Redditor jmpherso outlines the whole process here, but basically, it went down like this: Destiny fans had to crowdsource the solution, building scripts to gather and translate the huge amount of data. The converted data was a hex code for over 900 jpegs. These images had to be put together like a giant jigsaw puzzle. Once the puzzle was assembled, it depicted one of the rooms in the new raid, with four cylinders in the room highlighted. Sooo, step on the cylinders, unlock the monitor, get the new super weapon from the chest, right? I mean you've earned it by now, right?
So very wrong. From this point, it gets even more complicated, involving the translation of binary code into numerals to access a unique engram, an emblem and access to that aggravating fifth chest that started this whole sorry business in the first place. And in the chest, the awesome new weapon!
The chest unlocks a whole new quest, 'Channeling the Corruption'. This quest is complicated in it's own right, requiring a specific team of classes (Warlock, Titan, and Hunter), more puzzles, and repeating boss fights. At the end of it all though, is the much coveted Outbreak Prime Pulse Rifle (390 attack!). Secrets much simpler than this have gone hidden for years in older games, but thanks to the internet hive mind and hardcore players like Datto, the secret's out in just a few days.
Want to have a go? Check out Datto's video below: