Bungie has announced that it is finally due to take action on the microtransaction controversy that has dogged Destiny 2 since launch, by making its Eververse loot boxes more accessible to those who are reluctant to pay real money for them. There will be updates in the Eververse model. Raid rewards will also be tweaked, with Bungie promising to make them 'more unique and interesting, ' while the Raid vendor will now flog Leviathan and Eater of Worlds armor and weapons in exchange for Raid tokens and Legendary Shards. In addition to expressing outrage over Bungie altering experience gains for players without notice, the more dedicated players found that the Eververse-the in-game microtransaction store-featured many items that were otherwise hard to find on your own.
There's a lot of promise in this update, but we'll have to wait until Crimson Days launches on February 13 to see how big of an effect they actually have on the in game economy.
Those changes were already on planned, with feedback from Curse of Osiris taking time to filter through to the second expansion and updates in the spring. Masterwork Armor and Masterwork Exotics will probably be the most game-changing ones because they make your weapons and armor stronger.
Destiny 2's troubling need for transparency around XP gains is also being worked on.
The Bright Engrams will not be exclusive to the Eververse shop anymore. The director says Bungie will be "shifting the balance" to prioritize activity rewards over Bright Engram prizes.
Later this year will come new Crucible playlists, "better clan rewards", masterworks for exoitc items, improvements to Trials of the Nine and much more.
Work is underway on a full rework of armor and weapon mods.
Check out the full post a Bungie.net for more on Bungie's development roadmap. 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. Many vocal critics in the community think the company expects players to spend most of their time in the game attempting to maximize the amount of Eververse items they can get, instead of actually playing the game's activities and having fun. "We are excited to share the details as soon as we have them worked out". Every player of Destiny 2 will receive new content in the following categories...
Bungie is making changes to make quitting less common and behind-the-scenes security improvements to help improve the overall Crucible experience.
Items now only found in Eververse (Ghosts, Sparrows, Ships) will be awarded in other activities, there will be a new "gameplay path" to Eververse engrams and items, and more ways to directly purchase them. We'll be talking to you more directly, and more often, as promised.