It looks like Destiny 2 players will have limited options in terms of communications for now, as developer Bungie briefly pulled the plug on text chat due to a game-breaking bug. The operator reports that the error is caused by copypasta (a long string of copied and pasted text) being sent through the whisper channel. Players who receive this message are kicked out of the game, at which point they will receive an error message that says: “Unable to connect to the Destiny 2 servers. Check your network configuration and try again.”
This bug appeared as long ago as yesterday, and at that time many players were taking their protection into their own hands. Many players recommended manually closing Whisper channels and avoiding any areas with local or group chats to protect themselves from malicious messages. Some players would even leave their clans if they suspected that other clan members might be intentionally using these exploits.
Shortly after the reports went viral, Bungie made a call to shut down text channels in order to work on a long-term solution, announcing via Twitter that they were taking this action across all platforms for further investigation. At this point, it’s not clear how long it will take to get the necessary patch in order, although Bungie is asking players to stay updated with updates, and is sure to come out with one as soon as possible.
This exploit comes on the heels of another Destiny 2 security issue, in which Bungie Streamer sued MiffysWorld After repeated instances of cheating, harassment and threats, it caused the operator to go through at least 13 alternate accounts.
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