Destiny 2 gamers are an absurd but lovable bunch, perhaps never more so than when they become obsessed with trying to unlock one of the sprawling space MMO’s new secrets. And after a long drought, fans think they may have stumbled upon one. Telesto, the buggiest Exotic in gaming history, is acting even weirder than usual, releasing smoke, sparks, and purple laser blasts that drift skyward. Naturally, the community believes the weapon sends a hidden message and has spent the last 24 hours trying to decipher it.
Before we dive into what players think might be happening here, here’s a quick rundown. Telesto is an exotic fusion rifle whose blasts of void energy attach to their target and then explode. He made the leap from Destiny 1 at Destiny 2 with the years 2018 Abandoned expansion, and has been causing havoc ever since, with its unique mechanism frequently glitch other parts of the game which players then exploited in a variety of ways, like getting infinite supers or grinding activities faster. Bungie acknowledged this checkered history and even created Telesto’s buggy legacy part of the lore of the game.
It again acts at a time perfectly suited to send players into “spin foil” hat mode (the game has a resource that looks like aluminum but is called spinmetal, but I digress). In addition to his elaborate raiding and loot hunting, Destiny 2 is also famous for its intricate mysteries who can take the community days or even weeks to resolve. There hasn’t been one in a while, and players are eager to return to search for space, so they’ve been hyper-vigilant for clues, especially as the game enters a pattern of waiting until its next seasonal update.
Both of these things came to a head during the game’s weekly reset on Tuesday because Forbes writer and Fate aficionado, Paul Tassi, said he heard from a source that a a new community event has been added. Although one had been teased for months in datamined files, Bungie hadn’t officially mentioned anything, and other big names were skeptical, but of course Tassi eventually discovered that something more wonky than usual was going on with Telesto. The players on the Destiny 2 and RaidSecrets the subreddits did too. Unlike past glitches, the broken gun was animated with real-life effects and even included a way to return it to normal by holding down the reload button and hitting it. The projectiles also all veered across the sky in strange patterns that kept changing.
Some players thought it was just a fun easter egg. Tassi and a growing number of players think otherwise. One theory was that the projectile models actually recreated specific star constellations. As a result, some players spent all day recording screenshots of explosion models and trying to overlay things like The Big Dipper and Orion’s Belt on top of them. There were even close matches. But nothing that shed light on what any of this might mean for the next steps.
Things got weirder from there, as players tried to scour the game for more weird clues and unlikely connections. Some players thought that bunkers on the Moon and elsewhere that were previously open were now closed when in fact they had never been opened. Maybe the weapon was shine some statues? Maybe a team of three had to use Telesto, Lorentz Driver and a third Exotic together because of a soup of words on the moons of saturn? Perhaps other clues were left behind. old sites of Telesto’s most notorious bugs?
By the end of the night, no one was any closer to knowing what was going on, and more than a few players have since started to lose confidence. One of them even suggested that Bungie was intentionally trolling the community. An emblem called Schrödinger’s Gun represents Telesto and was added last season but still not available. Maybe the current frenzy is just a nod to how mysteries still exist in Destiny 2 until proven otherwise. At the same time, Bungie usually likes to play the game in these instances, while this time it went completely quiet on Telesto’s latest issue. It’s also an extreme coincidence for a weapon that was originally introduced in The taken King to start acting this way the same season the expansion’s raid, King’s Fall, was added to the game.
As revealed in the mined files for the current season, there is what appears to be an upcoming community event based on rebuilding the Eliksni district in the last town by bringing in currency and resources, which would be in line with previous ones. . But whether there is a deeper Telesto-related puzzle remains the big question. For his part, Tassi is convinced something bigger is brewingbut it will take longer to progress through the game before additional stages are revealed.
One thing is clear: Destiny 2 the fans are”thirst for secrets.” As the cadence of game updates and content structure have become more predictable and repetitive, fans desperately need something, anything, to get them out of their Fate doldrums. We’ll know soon enough if Telesto is the gun to do it.
Updated 11/09/22 1:03 PM ET: Bungie recognized Telesto’s latest antics and doubled down. The Exotic hacked the Fate Twitter account and now speaks directly to players:
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