Destiny 2 is in a tough spot, and Bungie has spent the previous few weeks updating gamers on ache factors like Trials of Osiris and the sport’s new seasonal mannequin. In this week’s blog, Destiny 2 sport director Luke Smith introduced some a lot wanted adjustments to one of many sport’s most irritating elements: microtransactions.
Destiny 2, like many free-to-play (and full-priced) video games, has an in-game retailer known as the Eververse that sells quite a lot of beauty objects. Players should buy this stuff with Silver, a real-money foreign money, or grind out an in-game foreign money, Bright Dust. Ideally, hardcore gamers can decide up some objects they need totally free, whereas nonetheless dipping in to purchase Silver from time to time, maintaining the sport working. But since Destiny 2 launched, gamers have complained about too many cosmetics tied to the Eververse, and never sufficient provided by enjoying the sport.
Smith and the workforce at Bungie are altering that within the coming 12 months.
Smith’s first large announcement is the addition of a transmogrification system for Destiny 2. In video games like Diablo 3 and World of Warcraft, transmog permits gamers to switch the look of 1 piece of substances onto one other piece, whereas sustaining stat bonuses and upgrades.
With Destiny 2’s transmogrification system, gamers will be capable to flip any piece of armor they like into what’s known as a Universal Ornament. Universal Ornaments are presently solely accessible for Eververse armor items, and permit gamers to remodel any armor piece’s visible model into that of the Universal Ornament.
While Bungie doesn’t have particulars but on how gamers will remodel their current, non-Eververse armor into Universal Ornaments, Smith stated gamers can do it via gameplay or with the usage of Silver. The transmog system nonetheless appears a methods off, with Smith saying it’s going to seem someday throughout Year 4, somewhat than this fall.
More than a transmog system, Smith introduced new methods for gamers to customise their Guardians with out having to spend their real-life cash within the Eververse retailer. Players will quickly have a seasonal armor set to pursue each season, by way of that season’s given exercise — reminiscent of this season’s Bunkers or final season’s Sundial. According to Smith, the workforce has already eliminated the deliberate Eververse armor set for subsequent season and made it a reward for exercise completion as an alternative. While the studio should promote armor within the Eververse, there can be no less than one set to grind for in-game each season.
Starting quickly, gamers will be capable to earn different beauty rewards by enjoying the sport. Smith introduced that each “Aspirational Activity” (presumably a seasonal exercise, Strikes, raids, and so on.) may have no less than one beauty merchandise hooked up. These beauty objects will possible be ghost shells, Sparrows, or ships.
Starting this fall, Bungie will now not promote ships, ghost shells, Sparrows, or armor ornaments that resemble the theme of an in-game exercise — one thing it did late final 12 months. The Garden of Salvation raid from Shadowkeep didn’t supply a Sparrow or ship for completion, however gamers may buy a ship or Sparrow that match the raid’s theme from the Eververse store. As of this fall, these themed objects will possible come from the exercise itself, much like the unique Destiny.
Smith additionally teased some future gear, letting gamers know Trials of Osiris will see new armor, weapons, and beauty objects in Season 13 (this winter), that Bungie is engaged on Adept Trials weapons, and that Trials will see new armor units yearly. He additionally revealed that the sport’s subsequent raid will supply new armor, weapons, and Exotic cosmetics.
The Strike, Gambit, and Crucible actions will see a brand new, shared armor set this fall. While the set “shares a set of geometry,” that means it’s bodily the identical, it’s going to have distinctive particulars related to both the Vanguard, Crucible, or Gambit. Players can anticipate a brand new set like this yearly, beginning within the fall.
Alongside these new armor units, gamers can earn a brand new Pursuit Weapon every season. This weapon comes from Strikes, Crucible, or Gambit — relying on the participant’s selection. But gamers can unlock skins for the seasonal weapon themed to every of the three actions. Bungie may even stop the sale of all Legendary weapon skins within the Eververse retailer.
Regarding the sport’s financial system, Smith introduced a renewed deal with getting Bright Dust into the fingers of gamers. Bungie will shift Bright Dust sources away from character-based weekly pursuits and onto account-based pursuits. The thought is that gamers who play rather a lot — however solely have a single character — will be capable to earn extra Bright Dust to spend within the Eververse.
Bright Engrams — which randomly award previous Eververse objects — may even see an replace this 12 months. Every season, Bungie will replace the Bright Engram to supply Eververse objects from the final three-plus seasons, that means gamers who don’t spend a dime within the in-game retailer can nonetheless get fortunate a season or two down the street.
Fans are already very excited about these new bulletins, even forward of Bungie’s unveiling of the autumn growth’s theme — when a majority of those adjustments will seem in-game. We anticipate Bungie to disclose Year 4 of Destiny 2 someday subsequent month, as a part of the Summer Game Fest.
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