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.


How to beat the Technocrat Empire Hunt in Destiny 2 Beyond Light: guide

Published: 25/Nov/2020 6:24 Updated: 25/Nov/2020 6:26

by Alex Tsiaoussidis


Destiny 2: Beyond Light is jam-packed with awesome content right out of the gate, but everyone gets stuck somewhere, and the Technocrat Empire Hunt has proven to be a difficult hurdle to climb. Here’s how to finish it once and for all.

The Technocrat Empire Hunt in Destiny 2: Beyond Light pits players against Praksis, the Technocrat. He is a Fallen from the House of Salvation and trusted lieutenant for Eramis, Kell of Darkness.

Praksis, The Technocrat will do anything to support Eramis and his malicious cause, which puts him on a collision course with Destiny 2: Beyond Light players. It all comes together in the Technocrat Empire Hunt, where players have a chance to eliminate him once and for all.

However, it’s easier said than done. He is extremely powerful, and before you reach him, you’ll need to take on some lesser enemies and finish a series of tasks. 

Here’s everything players will need to know, including a step-by-step guide, some tips for the fight, and what you’ll get once you manage to beat him.

Destiny 2 Beyond Light The Technocrat Empire Hunt
Praksis, The Technocrat is a loyal servant of Eramis, Kell of Darkness.

How To Complete The Technocrat Empire Hunt

  • First, make sure you have a power level of at least 1120.
  • Then, locate and enter Bray Exoscience.
  • In typical Destiny 2 fashion, you’ll have to work your way through waves of enemies and take on Fallen Brigs.
  • Next, you’ll need to destroy some shield generators, which will help weaken Praksis, The Technocrat ahead of the final showdown.
  • From there, you’ll have nothing left to do but come face to face with Praksis, The Technocrat and take him down.
Destiny 2 Beyond Light The Technocrat Empire Hunt
Praksis, The Technocrat isn’t a walk in the park. You’ll need to keep moving and avoid getting hit by one of his powerful moves.

Tips To Make The Fight Easier

Praksis, The Technocrat is no slouch. He’s even harder than Phylaks, The Warrior, which many players struggled with.

Luckily, there are some tips you can follow to make it easier.

  • Start moving around the tower the moment the fight begins, and don’t stop until he is toast.
  • Praksis, The Technocrat is a skilled Stasis wilder. He has a series of abilities that deal devastating amounts of damage, especially against players with lower skill levels.
  • He also has a shield, and when he uses it, you’ll need to keep an eye out for the red generators floating in the air and destroy them.
  • When in doubt, don’t forget to use the empowering pool at the entrance to the arena. It will give you rechargeable Stasis abilities that are extremely useful throughout the fight.

Once you’ve managed to beat him, you can return to the Europa camp.

Destiny 2 Beyond Light The Technocrat Empire Hunt
The Technocrat Empire Hunt is one of three Fallen Empire Hunts currently available in Destiny 2: Beyond Light.

The Coriolis Force Legendary Fusion Rifle

Players who finish The Technocrat Empire Hunt will receive an awesome weapon, the Coriolis Force Legendary Fusion Rifle. It is extremely fast and powerful and shoots a horizontal volley of Void bolts.

The Coriolis Force Fusion Rifle packs a punch in PvE, especially when equipped with perks like One for All and Thresh. It can one-shot enemies in PvP too, but only from close range due to its unique spread. Think of it more like a shotgun.

Destiny 2 Beyond Light The Technocrat Empire Hunt
The Coriolis Force Fusion Rifle is a lethal weapon and a welcome addition to a player’s arsenal.

And with that, you’ll have everything you’ll need to know to finish The Technocrat Empire Hunt.

It might take a bit of trial and error. But as long as you follow some of the tips mentioned in this article, you’ll eventually come out on top.