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Bungie Is Investigating ‘3-Peeking’ In Destiny 2

Bungie is trying to fix ‘3-peeking’ but promises us nothing.

Trials of Osiris, and to a wider extent, all of Destiny 2, has an issue with the third-person camera. That issue is ‘3-peeking’. You’re forgiven for not having heard of it, it’s not a term just any Guardian will be throwing around. It’s becoming a big problem in Trials of Osiris, where any little advantage can turn the tide of battle to one team’s favour. Bungie needs to address it, but they’re promising nothing.

What Is ‘3-peeking’ ?

‘3-peeking’ in Destiny 2 is when you force the game, which is normally played in first-person, to display your character in the third-person. This totally changes the game. Since everything is built for Guardians to view from the first-person camera, using a third-person camera provides advantages that you wouldn’t normally have.

For example, in some areas of Destiny, using a sword will allow you to see over a ledge and track enemies you couldn’t see with a sniper rifle if you’re waiting for an opening. This also applies to Guardians in PvP, where they might want to track the enemy without being spotted.

By ‘3-peeking’, a Guardian can be in the third-person camera whilst holding any weapon. It’s a massively unfair position for any Guardian to be in, and makes any competitive game modes unfairly weighted to their advantage.

What Is Bungie Doing About It?

Over the weekend, Bungie Community Manager Cozmo took to Twitter to tell Guardians what was happening on Bungie’s end.

He explained that they’re looking into the issue, but they’re making no promises about fixing it. The issue is that ‘3-peeking’ is usually achieved using sword or emotes, and to remove or fundamentally alter both of these or Crucible modes would dramatically change Destiny 2.

What Should Bungie Do About It?

There are a couple of pretty drastic solutions to this issue, but I think they’re worth considering. Bungie needs to address ‘3-peeking’ in Trials of Osiris, there’s no denying that. It can exist elsewhere without ruining everyone’s good time, but not in Trials. Therefore, they should consider putting Trials of Osiris into the Destiny Vault. There, they can work on it in peace and bring it back when they’ve found a solution that allows for swords and emotes in Trials without ‘3-peeking’.

The other solution is to lock the loadout for Trials of Osiris. This means that all Guardians have the same weapons and armour, and they must use their skill to get the upper hand. Again, this could be a temporary fix, but one that would let Bungie fix the root issue in the background. I know most Guardians would hate this, but it’s the only solution I can see that makes leaving Trials of Osiris in the game as it is okay.

Let us know what you think about this problem in the comments.

I'm an avid Destiny 2 fan and player. I fell in love with Destiny 1 during the early alpha and have been hooked by the universe ever since. I really enjoy playing with other Guardians, speculating about the lore, and writing about as much of the Destiny universe as I can.

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  1. Just Another Guardian

    February 2, 2021 at 6:25 am

    Or everyone could learn to do it… it’s not unfair, just frowned upon like a mountaintop, gnawing hunter wormhusk main.

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