As Bungie continues its efforts to tweak and improve Destiny, the “Treasure Cave” or “Loot Cave” has been closed. In a patch issued today, the exploit used to gain large amounts of XP and item drops has been removed.
The Hive of the holy “Treasure Cave” have realized the futility of their endless assault on Skywatch and have retired to lick their wounds and plan their next attack. – Bungie
Whether or not you supported this exploit, it stood out as an interesting phenomenon within the game. Even if you didn’t want to stand there and mindlessly shoot into a cave in the hopes of getting a random drop of loot, you could watch others participate in the pursuit and be entertained. Some would stand there in place for long sessions, while others would bore quickly. There were players that angered when others joined or left and some that didn’t understand how to work the exploit properly.
This was but one method of farming that has been employed in Destiny and perhaps others will be addressed in future patches as well but this one was unique for its social aspect alone. Beyond the entertainment value, it was curious to see players that may not even know each other in any other way join together in such a mundane task. If Bungie was looking to have Destiny become a social experience and not just a game, the “Treasure Cave” may have been an inadvertent success.
Paul Novak is a self described Polish ninja toiling away as an IT professional but more into gaming and writing. Physically existing in the west side of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania yet existentially flowing with the ether of the Internet. Found here at What’s Your Tag? and on the Twitter @dudewantshisrug. Game on with Team XBRO!