Destiny 2 disables text chat due to game-breaking exploit

Destiny's Trespasser exotic sidearm.
(Image credit: Bungie)

Some players of Destiny 2 were in the crosshairs of a rude exploit this weekend when other players discovered the ability to use text chat to crash their game. It was apparently most common in PvP, where some were using the exploit—some form of text copy and paste—to crash their opponents' game and secure a win-by-default.

Which, I think we can all agree, is a scumbag move. The community responded quickly, attempting to spread a counter to the exploit by turning off whisper chat, fireteam chat, local, team, clan... all the chat. After a few hours of those efforts, developer Bungie decided to take text chat down.

"We have temporarily disabled text chat on all platforms in Destiny 2 while we investigate an issue causing Weasel errors," the developer posted to Twitter. "Weasel" is an internal code for errors used by Bungie.

At this time it's not clear when Destiny 2 will have text chat again. For now, it's gone, and given the time frame involved, likely won't get a real fix until the Destiny 2 team is back in their offices on Monday. We'll keep an eye on the situation and update if and when it's suitable.

Jon Bolding is a games writer and critic with an extensive background in strategy games. When he's not on his PC, he can be found playing every tabletop game under the sun.