The Event That Split the Entire Destiny Community in Half – Destiny 2

The Event That Split the Entire Destiny Community in Half – Destiny 2

The footage you just watched is the result
of over 72 hours straight of puzzle solving from hundreds of thousands of people in the
destiny community. This is Niobe Labs, an activity inside of
Destiny 2 from Tuesday, January 8th at 12pm EST 2019. Before we go there, we must first talk about
why the heck this activity garnered so much attention! Bungie tried something brand new, something
completely different from the norm, something that could bring the destiny community together
to solve this massive puzzle, for HUGE rewards! The added weight to this was that Bungie has
just announced their split with Activision only days before this event was set to launch,
a community event for players and fans of Bungie. “Niobe Labs is waiting to be discovered
with a puzzle that needs solving. Once completed by a fireteam, Bergusia, the
final forge, will be unlocked for all.Watch the best and brightest attempt the puzzle”. This got the destiny community ecstatic and
for the purposes of this video, we will focus on Reddits raid secrets page, twitch directory,
and general community feedback. This video is also not to rip on Bungie, say
the game is dumb, etc. This is focused on time piecing one of the
biggest events in Destiny’s history! Let’s begin! Day 1: 12pm est rolls around and everyone
in the community scrambles to find the place of Niobe labs. Reddit user “XK-Recker” finds what he
thinks will be the spot to Niobe Labs and… well it is. This room, at the bottom of the European Dead
Zone on Earth will be the home of players for the next few days as they try to break
one of the most complex puzzles ever put into a video game. Everyone scrambles to this spot and begins
trying to bust out the code as quick as they can, to become the king of clout and unlock
the forge for all players to experience. I want to add even more context as to why
the stakes were so high for this event. Aside from the forge being unlocked, 2 new
exotics were at stake here, the Jotugn, a literal fireball toaster that could track
enemies and become every iron banner players favorite crutch and Izanagi’s Burden, also
known as “if you don’t have it, people on lfg won’t let you raid.” Finally, the conclusion to the story of Ada-1,
one of the most mysterious characters in the game. This context is important to add the weight
of this situation to the forefront and show why people cared enough about this to start
crying with relief when it was beaten. So here it is, day 1 has begun. Players flock to solve the first of 7 puzzles. To even start this puzzle is complex, monitors
appear up top with seemingly gibberish, but it’s actually hints for people to use. To start it, Players had to shoot earth wind
and fire, this is the best solution as September is the best song ever made. Then put in an input of codes that are synonymous
with the black armory seasons lore, some visual queues, and symbols found around the forges
in the game including some secret emblems. Finally enter in
a backwards cypher two spaces back from one
of the starting routes from a forge then it will reveal the solution when you zoom in
with a bow … cool, that is totally fine and respectable…… can’t wait for the
rest of Niobe Labs. So please bring your tinfoil hats to this
party because it’s gonna be wild: Puzzle #1:So to even do Niobe Labs, one player must
have Hammerhead, another the sniper Tartaras Gaze, and finally, someone needs the bow Spiteful
Fang. The reason for this is because you can only
see certain symbols based off of the weapon of choice. Keep that in mind for some future codes. The sequence of codes was found by a bunch
of people pretty fast off the jump, by brute force people were just inputting random words
pertaining to the quote on the monitor, but it was just shoot butterfly. Simple enough right, then after this is done
you fight some difficult enemies and poof, you’re back to puzzle #2. Puzzle 2, 3, and 4 were easy enough, puzzle
4 being my personal favorite where the player literally had to spell out FLY while airborne
shooting hammerhead at the letters, so major props for these rounds. I want to put even more emphasis on how hard
this puzzle is and why the emotions for the puzzles were so strong. Everytime you fail to solve the puzzle you
not only die, you go back to the very beginning and have to start all over. No rally flag, no checkpoints. Factor in all the tough enemies in between
puzzle solving rounds and all the hours of not getting the solution, it is a grind and
it is intense. You get about 30 seconds to solve each puzzle,
or poof you start all over, pretty dang tough! Puzzle 5: Puzzle 5 comes around and OH BOY! This one is just frickin wild, like I mean
WILD. So here’s the solution [Show image] Yup,
you got that right? So basically this sums this one up… [Play Clip] I wish I could understand what’s
going on here everyone and trust me, I tried to do some digging, so if anyone has any explanation
let me know in the comments because ugh, yeah we need it. Puzzle #6:So after puzzle 5 had finally been
solved through the raid secrets community puzzle #6 comes along and BUM BUM BUMMMMMMMMMMM. Yes, puzzle 6 was a wild ride. So, the way this one was supposed to be broken
down was by [fast] breaking down different gemstones as a number cypher from the code
on the very top from left to right, yup you heard me, yes big blue gems mean 3, yellow
big means 4, no slash pink is 8, pink shield slash is 2, etc. Next, because you and everyone else immediately
jumped to this conclusion, you have to punch these numbers into an A1Z26 cipher and decrypt
these numbers as code which of course comes out to say a full message in french! Then when translated to english comes out
to be a large paragraph highlighting a story of the Broceilande forest and the adventures
that took place when in ALL reality all we needed to care about was just the forest! Players were screaming at streamers for hours
to just shoot tree and even when the players tried that solution, the hit registration
was not working on it, so they had the answer very very early on with trees, but because
of this very unfortunate error in the code, a whole extra day of banging their heads on
the tearfully drenched keyboards was spent on this puzzle. Eventually though, the solution was found! Puzzle #7: After many hours spent, 80 hours
into the puzzle, the solution possibilities were getting thinner. Now, just imagine how hard it must have been
to get to this moment, was about to be epic! This image explains the solution well and
although it’s still ridiculously unclear off the get go, after many many hours, days,
and “just shoot trees” later, the puzzle was finally solved! So, what was the reward. Well, we got a pretty cool ghost shell and
an emblem….. Oh and Bungie already released the forge before
they beat it? This part will split the room for most of
you viewing this right now, so I want to be as transparent as possible before giving my
own opinion on the matter. So, day 3 has rolled around, the puzzle was
not solved at this point and Bungie has just made an announcement that they would be opening
the forge later that day for all players to experience without any of the teams beating
this. Bungie said “While coming together as a
community to solve puzzles can be fun, setting this puzzle up as a gate between you and new
content that you want to play has not been an ideal experience. As such, we will be decoupling the puzzle
from the final offering of the Black Armory. All Annual Pass owners will be able to experience
the Bergusia Forge when the puzzle is solved or when the deadline expires – whichever happens
first.” This sent the community in one of two ways,
one side was relieved since they felt that since they paid for the content that Bungie
should deliver on the promise of the content. On the other side, players felt robbed because
they spent days staying up trying to break the secret and unlock the prize for everyone
in an event that had brought the entire community together, frustrating or not. My opinion on this is that Bungie should have
let players break the final puzzle to unlock it for everyone instead of giving into demands
of others, I understand and respect why people would want it unlocked because hey, you paid
for that content, but I am also someone who believes that developers should stick to their
vision, so I, like many others, was disappointed by the opening of the forge, before the final
puzzle was beaten. Gladd, Clyde, and Crushty with the help of
raid secrets and other community members and streamers, beat the puzzle, in one of the
most controversial finishes to what otherwise was a rollercoaster of an event. What is the takeaway from all of this? The takeaway is that this event brought the
community together, this got everyone thinking way too far into some things and not into
others. This event to me was overall a success, just
with a poor finale, looking at you Game of Thrones. So, I lend the question to you, the person
who’s watching this. Is this something you’d like to see happen
again? A puzzle event for viewers across the nation
to see and participate in? Or, does this kind of thing does not belong
in the game? Anyways, I’d like to say thank you so much
for watching this video, this one took me a long time to create and I appreciate all
the support that has been given to me on YouTube and on Twitch. The last video of this type is at 700k views
at the moment which is beyond insane and this channel is about to reach 9k subs. From me to you, thank you!

100 thoughts on “The Event That Split the Entire Destiny Community in Half – Destiny 2

  1. Thanks for watching this one, I put a lot into it! All streamers are linked so please go follow them if you would like to as well as the final song, which if you didn’t know, is a sample of the Gladd clip where he goes off on the puzzle

  2. i want this to be how we get 15th wish but it not be as hard as this it can be something like a hybrid between the binary+plates from WOTM and the shoot the symbols

  3. Exactly… Let the developers make game design decisions; you know, the professionals. Not whinging players who just can't hack it.

  4. I quit d2 right before black armory and came back mid way into season of opulence and when I saw this for Niobe labs I thought it was the final mission for izanagis burden so I hit a nope on that one for a while before I realized what it actually was

  5. The Outbreak Prime quest in Destiny was bigger and better in every way. It had an ARG element that required the participation of thousands of people and then extensive work to make sense of all that data, than translating that information into game relating stuff and then finally figuring out the raid puzzle with this information. It was an epic endeavor even watching from the outside. Which ultimately lead to an amazing gun. They tried to recreat that here and somehow horribly failed. Because this event was just a snooze.

  6. I for one want more content like this it makes the game feel more alive and makes the community stronger. Also it's just cool

  7. The main people that stayed up and did this over was the streamers. And they made lots of money that night. Boohoo youtube tears

  8. First of All. Great video. Was wondering what the whole black armory puzzle thing was as I quit D2 at that time.

    So on to my opinion.
    I love puzzles but I wouldn't have tried this one for myself. But having a puzzle on such a scale is actually amazing. I think we need to see a lot more of this. Also I would love to see content locked behind other content. For example. Beat last wish yourself. Unlock dreaming city. And that way just actually having an endgame to it.

  9. Great video, I didn't know the back story, and huge kudos to the community, especially the sharp end who finally cracked it open!

    The whole episode shows the problem with puzzles in modern game: everything gets solved and is a google away. Make the puzzle easy enough that most players can solve it solo, and it will be search indexed in seconds. Make it virtually impossible, like this one, and it takes three days for the focused community (!). I think Bungie panicked and thought they'd gone too far, so they opened the forge. They were wrong. Opening the forge took the gloss off the successful team, I wouldnt even have know without this video how hard it was. I wish Bungie had held their nerve…and I hope they try again!

  10. I was disappointed when Bungie gave into people complaining too. The puzzle should have been solved to unlock the forge. I would like to see more things like this to be in the game. It’s fun to see the community to come together like this. Now enough games do anything like this for the community that loves the game.

  11. I cant do a rare bounties because I dont have the gloves for my hunter I keep farming the forge but it keeps giving me the Cape I already have! I'm pissed off

  12. i hated this event. It blocked EVERYONE from accessing the paid content until someone beat it. 48 hours in and bungie had to give in, voices were getting louder and louder.

  13. The community event was amazing, but at the same time, the forge was advertised on the season pass from what I remember to what seemed like it was going to be playable that day like previous forges and content. Maybe Bungie shouldn't have put the forge on the season pass and left it as [CLASSIFIED] content.

  14. " Brand new completely different from the norm "

    Wow has been doing this for years. It might be new to Destiny 2, But not other games

  15. Yeah. Love Destiny but not all players are that good. Let the elite unlock it for the rest of us. But maybe let us watch via Destiny (in-game) as it happens.

  16. I’m on the fence about this topic. I totally would of loved to see it unlock through “lore” and bring the community closer. (Still did)
    But I also see the other side where you payed for this content and if there was a date confirmed when the armory would unlock. Then I see why Bungie was forced to unlock it.

    Bungie has used community goals for in game unlocks before. One I can remember is when Halo Reach first came out you were capped at a certain level and wouldn’t progress. But there was no in game telling you anything. But the goal was the community getting some sort of global kills (like 777,777,777) idk I could be wrong about the hidden milestone.

    Hope they do more! Can’t wait for what they come up with next!

  17. ive only been playing Destiny 2 for a relatively short time, but even i can tell that a lot of quests are pretty ridiculously esoteric, even when they arent still being solved the first time around. like even just the in game stuff. this game is fun, but the puzzling, and sometimes even just the pathfinding, is pretty nuts.

  18. Jesus.. You really gotta hand it to destiny creators AND its community of dedicated players. Guys this is some real crafty shit here that involved all citizens of The Last City. Well done.

  19. This is something I've been saying for a long while .. I don't mind grinding, puzzles, or challenges.. but for god sakes dont make them GOD level hard ..

  20. I think puzzles like this sets Destiny 2 apart from other games. I honestly think its pretty awesome to see people work so hard to solve these and then see their cheering faces when they succeed. Bungie caved to casuals and that's never a good thing for a community overall.

  21. Definitely should have left the forge closed and I personally would love to see something else like this event with the same sort of difficulty

  22. I got back on D2 a little bit after forsaken, I was completely oblivious of the whole Niobe labs puzzle fiasco and just thought it was just another bland dlc like osiris.

  23. I didn’t even know the event was going on, it completing bypassed me. However I think the most disappointing thing was how quickly they abandoned the vision. Less than 81hrs is kind of ridiculous.

  24. that was one of the most brilliant puzzle content put into the game, was very exciting to finish it. Missing this kind of challenge

  25. i think at the start bungie should of said its unlocked for everyone on tuesday,but its available on friday to try and solve and access early,instead of lookin like dicks and just givin it away after gladds team and so many others put days of work into it.

  26. Yes. This would be awesome. Bungie should market it like “if you solve the puzzle a week prior to launch it launches ‘early’ if not it launches as scheduled.” That way people would still grind their asses off to be the one who unlocked the game early for everyone yet people who paid for the product would get it on the scheduled day anticipated- if the puzzle isn’t solved in time. Plus it brings the community together. Literally a win win…win.

  27. I would love to see more variance in story content from bungie as well, and also more of this. I had gotten back into destiny right after the black forges and missed out on this but it looks awesome. And for story content I would love to not win for once. Its always been go here do that and win, go there kill that and win. Like that if we killed Xol but he still took out Rasputin in warmind? That would have opened up so much more to do in my opinion.

  28. I disagree. I wasnt around but i get why most people dont have the time nor want to puzzle solve for over 72 hours to get to content they payed for. Not everyone is harcore gaming like that and its kinda messed up to charge someone for content but not let them play it when they have the time too. Hell some dont even like puzzles or raids.

    Content shouldnt be rewards. Only gear.

  29. I had actually thought that is what they decided to do with the 15th Wish and the true end of the curse of the Dreaming City come to find out that they haven't yet implemented what is clearly in a lore book.

  30. I think that things like this add a lot of value to the game and they should keep doing it. With a playerbase as large as Destiny's, there is certain to be players who can and will take the effort to come through

  31. I did not know about this puzzle. I'm glad the creators added this puzzle and a bit saddened that people didnt like the idea behind it. Also what is the music on #5?

  32. When the puzzle was there, and the community was tasked to complete a challenged together, literally…it made me imagine an animation of our guardians actually making history, where all of us will make our mark and be recognized for our deeds. If one team completed the challenge then everyone in the game was going to have it. It's like being the NPC that meets the hero, or like building this game's story to a whole new level. I started to have this imaginary animation adventure placed into me

  33. Love the idea of this massive puzzle, wish I could have helped to try and solve it but wasn't here. I hate that bungie caved, and not just that they caved but they caved at the very end of it. It's dangling a $20 bill in front of a kid and right as they're about to get it you RIP it away from them and give them a $1 bill.

  34. Wow this sux😲 I feel the guy's feelings… Let them solve the puzzle and reward them properly for doing so. Man all the hours spent… All the retries😭… And all for all shell? Wtf Bungie

  35. "Entire community" =/= the less than 100 puzzle solving masochists playing the game. Most Destiny players didn't give a damn about that ridiculous puzzle. Though it would have been cool if they waited. It's not like the content was going anywhere after it was released -.- Damn day one asshats ruining everything. It's hard to believe that delaying the forge was such a problem that they couldn't wait for people to solve it.

  36. Being one of those people that payed for that content I was mad that I was locked out until that crap was done, being a small streamer myself I wanted to PLAY THE GAME but didn't have the thousands of viewers to help guide me along the way, the puzzle in theory was neat, but don't lock content behind it, if they did something like this again don't lock actual content like that, it MAY bring the community together, but also drives it apart because they did it in such a way that only big streamers get to do anything with it.

  37. First of all thank you sir for what you bring to the community. As for the question you proposed I would say that Bungie had the right idea but poor execution in regards to opening the last forge. I think the time limit was too harsh for the complexity of the puzzle. They should have given it till next reset instead of 3 days.

  38. Screw Bungie…They lock paid activities behind insane puzzles, they fail when it comes to rewarding people for solving those puzzles, they make outrageous tasks for people to do and give them lack luster rewards or none at all. 999 Shattered Throne well you don’t have a reward but hey now your popularity has increased nice job cause you know streamers really struggle with being popular especially the more well known ones. On one hand I’m glad that there was no rewards for the 999 ST quest but at the same time it just shows how Bungie will make people grind endlessly for absolutely no reason to get absolutely nothing.

  39. There should be more events like this; exploration is part of a Guardian's job, regardless of whether that's acknowledged officially or not. Guardians will inevitably encounter secrets and puzzles in their exploration. And that will inevitably include ones that no single Guardian or fireteam can finish, without days of work and contemplation, and the assistance of others.

    Obviously, this one was more difficult than intended, but the point stands.

  40. I feel that these puzzles are cool, but maybe not to gate off 'essential' content — maybe if there was an armory room in the back that required this puzzle to open, and you just got some really cool god rolls and a super-rare emblem for it that would work, while everyone else gets access to the forge as scheduled.

  41. Honestly, not everyone has 16 hours a day to blow on playing games my dude, I play destiny2 casually because I barely get 2 hours every couple days to have random fun on destiny, and most of the time leave disappointed since I've been playing for weeks and weeks and literally have 6 exotics to my name, from which only 2 are not trash.

    In this case, sure they should've let people unlock it, but they should've also added a deadline, why is that? There are sooo many easter eggs that no one has found, or look at the easter-eggs from other games that took years to find, same thing could've happened here, a dead-line was a must.

  42. I think puzzles/events like this should continue in the game . But the reward for first should be real money or say a free anual pass . Not unlocking content that millions have to wait around days for dorks to solve. These dorks are losing sleep and living an extremely unhealthy lifestyle for this , which im sure is taking a toll on their lives overall . And while we appreciate their sacrifice , no one realy gave a fuck about the puzzles except for streamers or "community leaders" and their groupies. The avarage D2 player just wanted to play the last fucking forge. That was the whole bullshit aspect of it. So i say incentivize for the streamer with something real and let them have their clout . Thats cool. Just dont lock content up for it.

  43. Big puzzle absolutely but the big issue with the black armoury puzzle was there was missing clues on the system so it was more difficult to solve. Folk were looking deeper because they were missing key parts. I watched the streams and it was brilliant. I think D3 should have a season long puzzle at least once and blocked off until it is solved.

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