Bungie has long since patched out Destiny's infamous loot cave, where players farmed valuable items by slaughtering low-level enemies who respawned much too frequently, but the developer has evidently decided that the legend of the cave should live on.

Presumably that's why the latest hotfix for the game inserts a minor tribute, as spotted by players on Reddit. Venture there today and you'll discover a pile of charred corpses. Disturb them and a short audio message plays: "A million deaths are not enough for Master Rahool!"

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It was hard to resist the siren call of the loot cave while the exploit was active. In an endgame often ruled by drop rates, the opportunity to load the RNG dice a little by quickly annihilating hordes of basic adversaries was too good for most players to resist.

And while some outsiders pointed to the loot cave as an example of all that was wrong with Destiny, fans of the game viewed it with mounting affection. It even inspired fan art and a spin-off game.

Bungie itself has always been good-humoured about it, too, originally announcing its removal by noting, tongue in cheek but still in character, "The Hive of the holy Treasure Cave have realised the futility of their endless assault on Skywatch and have retired to lick their wounds and plan their next attack."

The new tribute is a nice added touch though. Apart from demonstrating the studio's sense of humour - not always a given with first-person shooter developers - it's also a reminder that the best games are memorable as much because of their players as their designers.

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