Last week we reported on a very clever checkpoint exploit that Halo: Reach players could use to earn a massive number of credits in a relatively short period of time. Today, Bungie specifically addressed this exploit in their weekly update:
Without calling attention to specific methods, here are a couple of examples to help you wrap your mind around what we consider acceptable behavior and what we consider the machinations of people with way too much time on their hands:
Example 1: Laziness is Next to Godliness
You’ve commissioned your little brother to play through the same section of ONI: Sword Base over and over again, wielding the Target Locator like a barbarian’s cudgel in a quest to hit your daily credit cap without ever having to lay a finger on the controller.
This is a little bit sad, but it is not an offense we’re going to punish. *You* are playing the game. Keep your credits (but please go easy on your little brother).
So then, Bungie has given you all a license to print a robust (although admittedly finite) amount of money. Go have at it. In case you missed our first post on the matter, I’ve copied it below:
We’re over a day late to the game on this one, but that’s not stopping us from reporting on the incredible Halo: Reach credit exploit that’s taken the web by storm. The exploit is best summed up by YouTube user TheresPooOnMyShoe, who filmed three minutes of the method, but claims to not be its creator. Most outlets claim that this exploit can net you 20,000 credits in 10 minutes by following these five steps:
Step 1: Choose ONI:Sword Base in Campaign on Normal with free for all score.
Step 2: Run through the level till you can pick up the Target Locator.
Step 3: Walk to the door and wait for a “Checkpoint”
Step 4: Fire at the enemies!
Step 5: Press start, choose “Revert to last save” and let the credits roll!
Some info needed to be known, it’s good to achieve atmost 2 commendations during one run, after commendations are acuired the credits seem to decrease so it’s good to “Save&Quit” and start again for another 10 minutes.
I gave this method a quick spin this afternoon, and I can confirm that it really is alarmingly simple. I racked up about 3,000 credits in 5 minutes before I chickened out (I’m quite scared of Bungie’s all-powerful ban-hammer.) It’s an interesting exploit, but Bungie can easily and quickly fix it by requiring all previous enemies to be dead before the target locator will activate. Having said that, I wouldn’t expect this trick to be around for long.
This may seem like a godsend for those of you trying to get the “Haunted” helmet, but be warned that Bungie has a history of shutting down those who seek to exploit their hard work. My guess is that the Halo developer will keep a close eye on their stat-tracking tools and drop bans on individuals who are racking up disproportional scores on this level… so be warned.