Destiny 2 Tightens Security Against Datamined Leaks Before The Final Shape Raid

By Zuhaad Ali
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In a move to preserve the element of surprise and maintain the integrity of its gaming experience, Bungie appears to have implemented measures to prevent datamined leaks within the Destiny 2 community.

Over the last couple of years, datamined leaks within Destiny 2 have evolved from subtle teases of upcoming secret quests to full-blown lists of text strings and voice lines from every NPC sourced directly from the game’s files.

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This has become a heated topic to the point where some developers at Bungie had to address the matter and request fans to avoid sharing upcoming story beats on social media in order to prevent spoilers for other players.

Destiny 2 The Final Shape The Dread enemy race
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Not only that but for the last two years or so, there has been a concerning trend in the Destiny 2 community where datamining raid mechanics has also become possible to some extent. These types of leaks have become a major issue for the World’s First raid race, which is one of the biggest events in Destiny 2.

Bungie Updates Encryption for Destiny 2, Dataminer Claims

It looks like Bungie has taken decisive action to fortify the security of Destiny 2’s game files. Montague, a prominent figure within Destiny 2’s datamining community, has acknowledged the effectiveness of Bungie’s new encryption update.

“For clarification, there is no way to access dynamically encrypted data until Bungie allows you to (e.g. when they give you raid access),” said Montague in a post on X. “Hopefully, [this] should eliminate all leaking from sensitive data until the sensitive data is available to all – and even then, very hard to acquire.”

With Bungie’s implementation of enhanced encryption for Destiny 2, the question arises as to which aspects of the game will benefit from this added security measure in The Final Shape. Nblock, another prominent dataminer, shed some light on this, stating that Bungie has been using this encryption for some time now, but only for specific parts such as seasonal endings for Season of the Deep, Witch, and Wish, and more recently, for the new PvP maps.

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However, to mitigate the risk of datamined leaks on day one of the releases, it’s crucial for Bungie to extend encryption not only to seasonal endings but also to story-related files, exotic rewards, secrets, and encounter mechanics of The Final Shape raid.

Destiny 2 The Final Shape Raid Release Date and Time Revealed
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As for Destiny’s public API, there appears to be a system in place already that designates new and unreleased items as classified. At this time, it is unclear to what extent the new encryption will be used for The Final Shape’s upcoming content.

In other news, Bungie has now revealed all the possible perk combinations for the new exotic class items in The Final Shape. You can learn more about it here.

Destiny 2 The Final Shape is set to launch on Tuesday, June 4, 2024, on PlayStation, Xbox, and PC.

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