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Oops! Destiny 2 PC players were able to acquire a PS4-exclusive exotic weapon

Destiny 2's Wavesplitter exotic trace rifle is one sweet piece of firepower. It is also, until September, exclusive to the PlayStation 4. Which is why some players, such as Cloud_Fish, were excited but also confused when they discovered that they'd acquired the weapon despite playing on non-PS4 platforms.   

You can probably guess where this is going. 

As detailed in today's 2.2.1 patch notes, Fated Engrams sold by the snake-faced exotic merchant Xur now have the chance to drop exotic items from the Forsaken expansion—and Bungie, apparently, forgot to exclude Wavesplitter from that pool. As a result, they were briefly available to everyone, on all platforms, before Bungie "fixed" the issue.

The good news is that non-PlayStation players who managed to get their hands on a Wavesplitter before Bungie plugged the leak will get to keep it. The bad news, community manager Chris "Cozmo" Shannon wrote on the Bungie forums, is that non-PS4 players won't be able to equip them until Wavesplitter goes into the general exotic loot pool in September. Until then, you can look, but you can't touch.

There's some obvious frustration in the comments that "shit like this gets fixed immediately," while "bugs and balance issues" take weeks to straighten out, and a few respondents ask why Bungie doesn't just make it available to everyone, since it's leaked anyway. But as several others point out, there's a contractual obligation here: Regardless of how you feel about exclusives, Bungie did a one-year deal with Sony and it can't just wave that away because it Bungie'd an update. I imagine that this brief leak alone will leave it with some serious explaining to do. 

But hey, look on the bright side: September is only five months away.   

Andy covers the day-to-day happenings in the big, wide world of PC gaming—the stuff we call "news." In his off hours, he wishes he had time to play the 80-hour RPGs and immersive sims he used to love so much.