Bungie rethinks Destiny 2 microtransactions

Pablo Tucker
January 13, 2018

Bungie has laid out its plans for the future of Destiny 2, addressing fan concerns that have been building for months and announcing an overhaul of the game's Eververse microtransaction system amid industry-wide outcry about the practice of implementing micropayments.

"We recognise that the scales are tipped too far towards Tess at the moment, and Eververse was never meant to be a substitute for end game content and rewards", director Christopher Barrett writes. Improvements are also coming for Iron Banner and Faction Rallies, end game player pursuits, additional vault space, and changes to Heroic Strikes.

We're shifting the balance of new content in favor of activity rewards over Bright Engrams. Bungie pledges to "provide a gameplay path to earn Bright Engrams and all contained rewards", while also giving players "more direct purchase options."Barrett mentions some of these changes will begin with the Crimson Days event, which launches on February 13". This includes forthcoming events such as Crimson Days, in the wake of the criticism of The Dawning. New Raid-specific perks and guaranteed item drops from major encounters should help ameliorate that the hard raids simply aren't worth the effort at the moment. Clan and Community High Score plans are also being made.

If you've been paying attention to what's been going on in the world of video games in the past month or so, you've no doubt heard that Bungie and Destiny 2 have been causing some fan outrage.

After the emphasis placed on Destiny 2's big, bullheaded move from six-vs-six to four-vs-four in its competitive multiplayer Crucible, Bungie has said it will - startlingly - bring back six-vs-six as a separate mode. Of them, the most notable are the huge Spring and Fall updates. We are aiming for a February release, but the scope of the rework could push parts or all of it out to early spring. But the Destiny 2 team also provided a lengthy explanation of its current developmental goals.

Bungie has been facing a ton of criticism over Destiny 2.

We are adding text chat to the Tower for the PC version of the game.

Major updates and changes coming to systems and mechanics across the game. We intend to return to creating more Raid and other activity-unique rewards in the future.

Seasons, on the other hand, are quarterly line-ups of free events and free to all players, regardless of which Destiny 2 expansions they own.

The first thing that they're changing is in the balance of new content. Barrett says Bungie is continuing to experiment with potential XP changes, fully cognizant that people are still fired up about the leveling controversy that exploded in December.

Heroic Strike Changes: We'll be introducing modifiers to add more gameplay variety to the experience.

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