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Bungie caves after new Destiny 2 puzzle stumps players

Bungie is throwing in the towel

Destiny 2: Black Armory - a Hunter aiming Izanagi’s Burden Bungie/Activision
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Destiny 2’s newest puzzle has players completely stumped.

With Destiny 2’s weekly reset on Tuesday came a new event known as Niobe’s Torment. After players found their way to a previously hidden area on the EDZ location, Niobe Labs, they discovered a multi-tiered puzzle. Completing that puzzle will unlock the fourth and final forge in Destiny 2’s Black Armory Annual Pass content.

But after more than 24 hours of attempts to solve the puzzle, Bungie has revealed that the Bergusia forge will open Wednesday at 2 p.m. PT, regardless of whether the puzzle is solved.

“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,” said Bungie. “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.”

The puzzle itself consists of players standing in a small room, clearing a wave of enemies, and then punching a code into the wall. After each code is input, a more challenging wave (called a Bypass) starts, and a more complex puzzle unfolds. Players have made it up to Bypass level 7, presumed to be the final bypass, considering Bungie’s affinity for the number.

Bungie has also revealed that a ghost shell and emblem will be rewarded to players who complete the Niobe’s Torment puzzle successfully. Streamer and world-first raider xGladd has been attempting to solve the puzzle for 27 hours straight, and looks to continue the journey until the doors open for all.

This change of heart (or capitulation) for Bungie seems to come from fans complaining to the developer on Twitter that the new content was “time gated.” And while Bungie spent the majority of Tuesday encouraging people to try the puzzle themselves on Twitter, it seems the internet voices were too loud for the studio to handle.

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