Bungie to reduce Destiny 2 microtransactions in Year 4 - Dexerto

Bungie unveils plan to reduce Destiny 2 microtransactions next season

Published: 12/May/2020 8:38

by Isaac McIntyre


estiny 2 will be moving away from Eververse transactions ⁠— at least slightly ⁠— in Year 4 and beyond, Bungie has confirmed, as the developers look to reverse the “lackluster” reception their franchise has received in 2020 so far.

Bungie’s mega-franchise has been on the receiving end of a few scathing uproars from the Destiny community recently. Trials of Osiris was a major flop, and Guardians are getting a bit tired of the title’s new seasonal model.

However, in-game store Eververse leads the way. No Destiny feature has been lashed for as vehemently. Like many free-to-play titles these days, Destiny 2 has microtransactions. Bungie’s is based around Bright Dust and Silver.

At first, Guardians didn’t mind Tess Everis’ microtransactions landing in the Tower. She sold cool new armor, weapon skins, and emotes players couldn’t find anywhere else. Now, Destiny’s businesswoman has basically taken over.

Eververse’s expanded role has been the Destiny 2 addition that has drawn the most ire from the community. It’s something Luke Smith and the team at Bungie have noticed ⁠— and now they’ve confirmed things are going to change.

A host of cosmetics changes are coming in Destiny 2's Year 4, according to Luke Smith.
A host of cosmetics changes are coming in Destiny 2’s fourth year, according to Luke Smith.

Destiny 2 to introduce transmogrification in Year 4

“As you know, rewards for your character come from a variety of places. However, in today’s Destiny the balance of rewards is not where we want it to be,” Smith said. “To be blunt, there isn’t enough pursuit out in the world. We’re going to fix it.”

First off the bat is a major overhaul for Destiny’s armor system. More specifically, Smith said in Bungie’s latest dev blog, the sci-fi franchise would finally be bringing a “transmogrification system” to its armory wheelhouse.

Transmogrification is a concept that many other loot-based titles like World of Warcraft and Diablo 3 have employed in the past. Players will be able to turn any piece of armor into what Bungie is calling “Universal Ornaments.”

Eververse has dominated Destiny's new cosmetics releases for the past few years.
Eververse has dominated Destiny’s new cosmetics releases for the past few years.

Eververse-specific armor sets to be removed

Smith explained this was the first of a few moves away from having to spend real-life money to customize Guardians. Adding to this, Destiny will no longer have Eververse-specific armor each season. Instead, it will be tied to gameplay.

Players can expect “new weapons to come from Strikes, Crucible, or Gambit, depending on the player’s choice,” Smith elaborated. Bungie’s helmsman also confirmed Bright Engrams are set to be overhauled once Year 4 arrives.

More details on the Eververse overhaul is expected to come at the Summer Game Fest next month.
More details on the Eververse overhaul is expected to come at the Summer Game Fest next month.

Destiny 2’s transmog system may still be a ways off though, Smith added. As Bungie work through their “huge changes” across the rest of 2020, they’ve tentatively locked in Year 4 ⁠— set to start in October ⁠— for the swap.

Eververse taking a back seat isn’t the only change Bungie is aiming for either. They’ve also unveiled plans to fix Trials of Osiris next season, and confirmed the franchise will be heading to next-gen consoles in 2020.

Bungie is expected to announce their official plans for Year 4, and continued support for Destiny 2, during Summer Game Fest next month.


Bungie winds back Destiny 2 plans to ‘vault’ The Moon & Dreaming City loot in Season 13

Published: 15/Jan/2021 5:27 Updated: 15/Jan/2021 5:52

by Brad Norton


With the launch of Beyond Light, Bungie vaulted a great deal of Destiny 2 content. After just nine weeks, the developers have announced plans to backtrack on certain decisions, with loot from The Moon and the Dreaming City returning in Season 13.

The start of Year 4 in Destiny 2 came with some of the biggest changes in series history. A wide array of destinations, content, and loot were all locked away in a new vault. This was done in order to make way for fresh content with Beyond Light.

While much of the major content will remain locked away moving forward, Bungie is already going back on certain decisions in response to community feedback. Specifically, vaulted loot from The Moon and the Dreaming City will be returning in Season 13.

Various armor and weaponry was pulled from the loot pool with Beyond Light. Though after widespread backlash, it won’t be long until these destinations will have their exclusive gear back in stock.

Destiny 2 dreaming city
Loot from the Dreaming City and the Moon will soon be added back into Destiny 2.

“We are making changes to help preserve the relevancy of the destinations,” rewards area lead Justin Dazet explained in the latest This Week At Bungie.

“Specifically, some of the pinnacle, end-game activities that still exist there.”

This means that new players and veterans alike will soon be able to earn appropriate gear at these destinations as they could in previous years.

Bungie confirmed that this returning gear won’t be “kept up to date for the entire lifetime these destinations are available.” Though they see the importance of having “specific activity drops” with relevance to the location you find yourself at.

These changes won’t come into effect immediately. Destiny 2 players hoping to round out their collections will have to be patient. The Season 13 update isn’t expected until February 9.

Destiny 2 loot
A look at some of the loot being pulled from the vault in Season 13.

A good assortment of loot from the Moon and the Dreaming City will be back in rotation, however. It won’t just be a small sample.

You can check below for every piece of equipment that will be coming out of the vault in Season 13.

  • Reissued Dreaming City Reverie Dawn and Moon Dreambane armor.
      • These will also drop with high stats when earned in Shattered Throne or Pit of Heresy.
      • The final chest in Pit of Heresy will no longer drop a fully Masterworked Dreambane armor piece.
      • Instead, the Dreambane armor piece that drops will have 7 armor energy and is guaranteed to drop with at least a +16 in two different stats and higher stats overall.
      • Dreambane class items will not drop from this chest.
  • Reissued 4 weapons for Dreaming City with new Perk Pools.
      • Waking Vigil, Sleepless, Vouchsafe, and Retold Tale.
      • Dreaming City weapons that drop in the Shattered Throne dungeon can roll with perks that are unavailable from drops from other reward sources.
  • Reissued 4 weapons for the Moon with new Perk Pools.
      • Premonition (Pit of Heresy only), Heretic, Blasphemer, and Apostate.
      • Weapons that drop in the Pit of Heresy dungeon can roll with perks that are unavailable from drops from other reward sources.
  • Expanding Lost Sector Legend and Master rotation to 4 Moon Sectors.
      • K1 Logistics, K1 Communication, K1 Crew Quarters, and K1 Revelation.