After months of criticism and anger from the community, Bungie has finally addressed Destiny 2’s microtransaction problem.
Players hate Tess Everis and her Eververse shop. Microtransactions and Loot Boxes have swiftly invaded the Destiny 2 endgame, and players are furious. Rewards that were doled out in Destiny (Sparrows, Ghosts, ships, and shaders) for just playing the game are locked behind the intrusive microtransactions in Destiny 2. This all hit a boiling point in December after it was revealed that Bungie handicapped player experience to reduce the amount of Bright Engrams earned just by playing, which would then encourage players to pay for them. Players were also furious about the Dawning event, which only awarded players three Dawning Engrams per week. With over 50 Dawning items to collect, it was impossible to earn all the items without paying money.
Now, after a month of silence, Bungie has finally responded. In a development update, Bungie detailed the changes coming to Eververse. Ghosts, Sparrows, and ships will be added back into the achievement reward pools, and a gameplay path to earning all contained awards available in Bright and Event Engrams will be implemented. If you still want to spend money on Destiny 2, Bungie is providing more direct purchase options so players can get the items they want.
Many of these changes will be present during Destiny 2’s Crimson Days event, which begins February 13. Completing Nightfall, Raid, and milestones will net players an exclusive Legendary Emote, Weapon Skin, and Exotic Sparrow. Leveling up will drop two Engrams, a Crimson Engram and an Illuminated Engram. All Crimson Engrams are weighted to new rewards until all new event items are obtained, which means you won’t be stuck with base game drops.
Finally, Bungie have provided a clear map concerning what players get out of post-launch content. After Curse of Osiris confused everyone by locking vanilla players out of certain content, Bungie is looking to clear things up. Activities like the new campaign, Raid Lair, expansion items, and exotic gear will require the expansion. Activities like the Iron Banner, Faction Rallies, and Seasonal Events remain open to all players.
Destiny 2 is available now on PS4, Xbox One, and PC.