[UPDATE: The servers are apparently slowly coming back online, but plenty are still reporting an inability to connect. We’d recommend restarting your console to see if you can connect.]
Late Saturday night, the Destiny servers went down, in the midst of the last weekend of Trials of Osiris. Thus far, Bungie has not commented on the outage, but it appears to be across both PS4 and Xbox One.
The incident occurred around 9pm PT and knocked anyone that was online in Destiny to the start screen, after a brief error message. Attempts to reconnect (including those made by this writer) resulted in the usual ‘Contacting Destiny Servers’ error message.
We are investigating issues causing players to encounter CENTIPEDE and WEASEL errors on all platforms.
— Bungie Help (@BungieHelp) August 13, 2017
While there are plenty of Destiny players reporting an inability to connect, some players are able to get online. Of those that can get online, there are some that can access every facet Destiny, while others are unable to launch any activities.
Given that this is, as mentioned, the last weekend for Trials of Osiris, it was sure to be a busy one for Bungie and Destiny. Although Destiny 2 is right around the corner, plenty of players likely wanted to get a few, last PvP matches in before officially turning their attention to the sequel.
It also helps that Bungie made this weekend’s Trials of Osiris a special one, by including 18 maps that have been a part of Trials of Osiris since its launch over two years ago. Needless to say there were a lot of reasons to log on to Destiny this weekend, if only for a single match of Trials of Osiris.
This week Bungie also took the Destiny servers down for an extended period, to prepare for the onslaught of Destiny 2 players come September 6th. The developer wants to be prepared for the midnight (or earlier) rush, and would love to avoid a situation like what happened with Rise of Iron at launch.
Whether or not the server downtime earlier in the week is to blame for this outage is unclear, but it is unexpected. It couldn’t have come at a worse time either – on a Saturday night during the last Trials of Osiris weekend.
Destiny is out now for PS4 and Xbox One.