Destiny 2 Telesto Event Ends in Confusion

Some players who had higher hopes for Bungie’s unexpected in-game/real-world crossover felt confused by the Telesto event in Destiny 2. Some Guardians thought the event was lacking in comparison to the scope of previous Destiny events, which entailed the frequently damaged weapon firing odd patterns before becoming sentient and taking control of the Destiny Twitter account. Instead of the community event that the Guardians had anticipated, they were given a free emblem code and a different firing mode for the weapon in the well-known FPS game.

Destiny 2 has held several major large-scale community events, some of which caused some players to work around the clock to try to make sense of the puzzles as they appeared in the game. These include Niobe Labs, which would have unlocked a secret Black Armory facility (players struggled to complete the puzzle, so Bungie opened it before the community figured out the solution), and the Corridors of Time, which kept players busy for days wandering infinite rooms and looking at symbols.

When Telesto began showing unusual graphics within the game, some players got excited about the prospect of a large event. Even journalist Paul Tassi, who often covers Destiny 2 content, seemed prepared for the possibility of a major community activity.

Telesto’s ‘takeover’ of the Bungie Twitter account, in which the weapon appeared to have gained sentience and started to communicate directly with fans, only fueled players’ expectations.

However, Bungie community team member Cosmo dashed these expectations when he shared that there were no puzzles to solve, a statement reiterated in the team’s This Week at Bungie weekly summary.

Ultimately, the hype resulted in a free emblem, which players can redeem with the code 9LX-7YC-6TX on the Bungie Code Redemption webpage.

YouTuber Aztecross, who dedicated significant time to figuring out whether there were codes in the weapon patterns on both his stream and a YouTube video, tweeted a gif in response to the emblem code that said, “Is that it?”

Similarly, Destiny 2 streamer JOverrated tweeted a different gif featuring a disappointed face and the text “was it all for an emblem.”

While the event was all in good fun, and the emblem is quite unique, some fans were disappointed there isn’t something more to the tease. Several took to Reddit to explain that their issues aren’t with the small, unexpected event, but that the lack of payoff added to their frustrations with the overall season itself.

“I think it was just the frustration of the season, the [Festival of the Lost], mixed with the hope of the community that there will finally be a secret event again. I can only imagine that some thought the joke went too far,” shared Redditor redoxly. The comment has more than 600 upvotes.

Others felt as though the takeover set high expectations but then served as only a promotion for a Telesto-themed t-shirt in the Bungie store. This complaint comes on the heels of complaints that the game’s recent Festival of the Lost event card also amounted to a ploy for Bungie to press players for money.

On the whole, the game is reportedly experiencing lower-than-expected player counts across the board. Players have expressed dissatisfaction with the game’s repetitive seasonal content and its annual Festival of the Lost event, which had several bugs and issues upon launch.

Even the major Arc 3.0 overhaul wasn’t enough for some players, following Solar 3.0 and Void 3.0 reworks in the previous seasons. Season 19, which starts on Dec. 6, is expected to bring reworks to at least 25 of the game’s Exotic weapons, and some suspect this was a teaser for what Guardians can expect with the weapon overhauls.

Regardless, the sentiment remains that some players had higher expectations for the event. Beyond its history of community events, Destiny 2 is known for secrets and puzzles in raids and other in-game activities, which can take even the most elite fireteams hours to solve. Unfortunately, such a history of significant in-game surprises led players to have higher expectations for what was essentially a practical joke.

Hopefully, a relatively slow season means Bungie is simply preparing to draw the last few seasons’ storylines together in Season 19 as a precursor to the forthcoming Lightfall DLC, which launches in Feb. 2023. Regardless, it would be exciting to see more Easter eggs and surprises in the space game sometime soon.

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