Destiny 2 Microtransactions Are Changing for the Better in Year 4

Published: May 8, 2020 12:30 PM /


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Destiny 2 microtransactions are going to be changing for the better in Year 4. That's not all, though — some cool new cosmetic features are also on the way!

Bungie's latest weekly update has the usual stuff you'd expect — information about ongoing events, an update on their COVID-19 charity event, and other little bits and pieces of news. This week's edition, however, also reveals some pretty cool changes that are coming to the game's microtransactions system in its fourth year.

What Are the Destiny 2 Microtransactions Changes?

Let's get the major news out of the way first: starting sometime in Year 4, Destiny 2 will no longer be selling the following items that are visually based on themes from Aspirational Activities:

  • Ships
  • Ghost Shells
  • Sparrows
  • Armor Ornaments

Additionally, new Legendary Weapon Ornaments will also not be sold in Eververse any longer. Existing items are unlikely to be changed as Bungie is focusing on future content for now.

Bungie's Destiny 2 microtransaction changes also include some adjustments to Dust and Engrams. Bright dust will be able to be earned on a per-account basis rather than on a per-character basis; this change is anticipated to result in more Bright Dust for players overall. The Bright Engram is also being upgraded to include Various Year 3 Eververse Items.

Of course, other changes are on the way as well.  Each Season, Bungie will set up an aspirational pursuit for armor. The armor will come from activities and not the Season Pass or Eververse. One example they give is removing the Season 11 Eververse Armor and making it available through an aspirational activity.

The rewards for these aspirational activities are also being improved. Here's the quick lowdown from the announcement:

We are improving the rewards for Aspirational Activities (Raids, Trials, Dungeons)

  • Going forward, Aspirational Activities will reward players with power, items, and vanity.
    • When we build an Aspirational Activity it will have at least one accessory to pursue. 
  • The team is working on Adept Weapons for Trials of Osiris.
  • Trials will get new Armor (aka not reprisal), accessories, and weapons in Season 13.
    • Trials will get new Armor every year. 
  • Destiny’s next Raid will have brand new Armor, Weapons, and Exotic Accessories to pursue (no spoilers).

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How Does Destiny 2 Transmogrification Work?

One new feature that gets a special focus is "Transmogrification," an ability that allows one item to look like another. Pretty soon, players will be able to turn their items into Universal Ornaments!

Guardians will make these cosmetic changes using in-game effort or Silver. For the moment, there are no more details on Transmogrification as it's in early development. You can look forward to it arriving sometime early in Year 4.

These are just some of the highlights from the Destiny 2 microtransactions changes; read the full news post for all the fine details. You can look forward to these changes and more arriving in Year 4.

What do you think of the Destiny 2 microtransactions changes? Do you think this is a good move for the game? Let us know in the comments below!

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