Anger at ‘Destiny 2’ PC cheaters has reached a tipping point
While cheating has been an issue on the PC version of Destiny 2 for months, the move to Steam and the recent release of Trials has taken the issue to a new level, and it is currently decimating PvP on the platform.
But in recent days, it appears to have been enough for many high profile players, either announcing their departure from Destiny or publicly berating Bungie.
Here is the best PvP player and YouTuber Mtashed, whose experience with cheaters and error codes forces him to make a tough decision to continue grinding Destiny.
And here’s Tom Warren, not a content creator, but rather the editor-in-chief of The Verge and a big Destiny gamer:
The most intense words I’ve seen so far come from Gigz, the type of high-level gamer who basically embodies all of Trials mode, but he’s extremely frustrated with the current state of PC gaming:
Bungie only touched on the security issues briefly and for the most part just continued with other releases as usual. DMG Community Manager already said that the account that Destiny 2 doesn’t have any kind of anti-cheat in place is wrong, but the community response was basically a collective Ron Burgundy GIF saying “I don’t believe you.”
While Bungie undoubtedly has some anti-cheat level of measure in place, they don’t have a system like Valorant, where anti-cheat is basically working all the time. They also don’t implement things like preventing VAC banned players from playing Trials.
Cheating in Destiny can either be super obvious, like teleporting players spamming sniper rifles like machine guns, or it can be more subtle. Something as light as a simple wall hack that lets you hit a lot more of your sniper shots. A recent “interview with a hackerFocused on this kind of hack, where the player claimed that he and his friends had been using this kind of “subtle” cheat in Trials and other modes for months and had not been caught at all.
Cheating, of course, isn’t unique to Destiny 2. Hacking has gotten so bad in Call of Duty: Warzone that some players are trying to do it. disable cross play on the console to escape PC cheaters. But it’s still bad in Destiny for months now, and only gets worse over time.
I don’t know what the answer is here. I think Bungie needs to talk about cheating more often and recognize how serious it is, but they’re kind of stuck because they don’t want to too much much in the details of their measurements behind the scenes. But I think as long as there isn’t a more robust, forward-looking anti-cheat, those conversations won’t end. And it’s not just harsh words from top players you can see it in the numbers. Only 3.5% of Steam gamers currently play Trials, compared to 7.8% of PS4 gamers and 6.3% of Xbox gamers, and it’s been like that for weeks now.
Something needs to change, and quickly. Working from home may delay other more aggressive measures, but Trials is being dumped on PC for many players right now, and there is no sign of it slowing down any time soon without further changes.