Destiny Won't Let You Trade Items With Other Players At Launch

"We want you to earn 'em. You should be able to tell a badass story for every sweet jewel in your arsenal," Bungie says.

When Bungie's shared-world shooter Destiny launches on September 9, players will not be able to trade items with other players, the developer has confirmed. "Nope," Bungie writes on its website. "We want you to earn 'em. You should be able to tell a badass story for every sweet jewel in your arsenal."

"Once you earn them, the various Guardians under your account will be able to trade them," the studio explained further. "But weapons belong to the players who acquire them through action and bravery."

In April, Bungie lead player investment designer Tyon Green told IGN that a player-to-player economy could come to Destiny sometime down the road if the community calls for it, and if the studio can overcome the "security situation for both our systems and all platforms."

The introduction of a real-money auction house-type system in Destiny could be potentially lucrative for publisher Activision, which would presumably get a cut of all sales. However, Blizzard Entertainment struggled with the real-money auction house for Diablo III and removed the system earlier this year.

Destiny launches next month for Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation 4. The game has gone gold, meaning it is now "finished"--though Bungie has much more in store for the game beyond its initial release. The game's first expansion, The Dark Below, launches in December. For more on Destiny, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and you can follow him on Twitter @EddieMakuch

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YouEnjoyMyFluff
YouEnjoyMyFluff

Anyone else not getting this game?  wasn't very impressed

gplayer5
gplayer5

Well that's how games should be. Earn your gear! Don't have someone hand it to you on a silver platter.


Wasn't it the auction house idea that ruined Diablo 3 anyways? I would say just leave that feature out of the game.

amdreallyfast
amdreallyfast

I can see where they're coming from after Diablo 3's auction house became so rife with farmers that farming yoru own loot just wasn't feasible.  They fixed that eventually with Reaper of Souls and the new loot system, which made it so that you could trade items with party members up to an hour after you picked it up.  That was a nice system.


But at the same time, if someone gets something good but not for their class, it's nice to save it for a friend that will come online later that week or something.  D3's auction house was too much open trading, but I feel that this approach is the other extreme.  

ginobili1
ginobili1

Does Destiny offer cross-platform play? Can a ps3 gamer play with a Ps4 or x1 user?

BravoOneActual
BravoOneActual

Yeah!  Tellin' sweet stories about my video game loot!


... If I want to bore the living sh*t out of my non-gaming friends and family, sure.

drocdoc
drocdoc

But wait there's more, if you thought that the ps4 hardware was weak before just imagine how much extra power is going to be needed to power the headset. (if the res. is 1080p on each eye lid).

remiaw
remiaw

Any chance for this hitting pc?

ricku1967
ricku1967

good..i would rather people earn the gear

virtualskill
virtualskill

translation: "we want our game to suck even more and get all the criticism it deserves."

ThrashMatt26
ThrashMatt26

I'm still worried about the story content, like will there be enough and can i just buy extra sorry missions instead of it being bundled together with the crucible or strike missions (even though i do plan on playing both of those also). raids are completely out of the question for me.

HipHopBeats
HipHopBeats

Just the other day, I traded in Watch Dogs with another gamer for some real life money. Ebay was the auction house.

franky111
franky111

I'm ok with this! A trading system would break the PVP, as higher-level groups and clans would simply trade high-level gear with eachother and wipe competition with every match.

joenm84
joenm84

Not enough different items for a trading/auction system anyways. Remember, this isn't a full fledged RPG. Trading never even crossed my mind as something I'd want to do during the beta.

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

I don't see the point of just trading everything anyway. The whole point of a loot and shoot is the fun of obtaining the loot. I personally thought the combat was awesome and I can't wait for the game to come out. I'm sure not going to ruin the experience for myself.

cws3e
cws3e

too bad the game isn't fun.

watchdogsrules
watchdogsrules

i think bungie is right we should earn them i like accomplishing things............................feels good.

but, in what game do you even get to trade items? if there is no such game then this is not news.

DawnBlue
DawnBlue

This is not news. Slow week, GS?

waffleiron88
waffleiron88

Oh yes a cool story on how i found a special shotgun: "Well there i was, by myself out in the wilderness. I scouted the area for enemies and whilst doing so i seen a chest with a gun in it."

jontr0n
jontr0n

I hope they pay tribute to the Marathon Security Officer in some way..

Mercaptan
Mercaptan

Who cares? this game is overhyped like titanfall , my opinion

drocdoc
drocdoc

whoops I commented on the wrong article!!! just forget about this comment^^^^^ too many tabs open lol 

jemoedr
jemoedr

@ricku1967 Defenitely at the start, though at a later time it would be nice if you can trade it as well though. It is nice to trade gear to a friend that starts later, so you can play together in more challenging regions.

xneonic
xneonic

@virtualskill If you and people like you hate Destiny so much, why do you keep clicking on the articles, reading (or not reading) the articles, and then you keep posting negative comments? I really don't get it. I genuinely hope you could provide some insight. I might even use the insight for my Psychology PhD thesis.

ThePlantain
ThePlantain

@virtualskill makes no sense at all...one feature left out and suddenly the game sucks?

jemoedr
jemoedr

@franky111 Why? Higher level players also need to earn that gear before they can trade it. So their competition will be able to earn it as well.

irishrizo
irishrizo

@franky111 i don't care about everyone trading higher level weapons and gear.  I'm  mostly scared of people Hacking weapons and Selling them to people who are willing to buy them.. and use them. That is the only reason I'm against trading. 

dhmatt90
dhmatt90

@franky111 you fail to realize higher lvl weapons only apply in the iron banner

Khasym
Khasym

@joenm84 I disagree. I looked at a lot of the weapons that were in the various factions. Between the crafting mods that can be attached to weapons, and those higher level ones, I think there will be quite a market for customized gear, not just stuff dropped off a boss and never modded. The levels of the guns I saw amongst the factions, went up to 20th, bu the game is supposedly being built for up to 60 levels. If that's the case, the top end content, is gonna have some major tweakage on them to be worth the work.

But at the same time, I'm glad they're not letting people trade things. I remember when D3 first got off the ground. Within a week, there were people strutting around in matched green sets they just bought off the AH and were making the efforts of others look like a waste of time.

pharrarri
pharrarri

@watchdogsrules borderlands

and borderlands2    Defiance.    halo1 to 4

waffleiron88
waffleiron88

@DawnBlue its related to a popular game in some fashion or another so yeah its news. unless you think we need an article on whether or not Mike Brown jr. played violent video games.

smokeless_0225
smokeless_0225

@waffleiron88

Did you play the beta? I grinded the chests and, besides glimmer (money), I never found anything more useful than the white, basic gear. Most of the green (or blue if you were lucky) gear dropped from enemies that I killed.

jemoedr
jemoedr

@rusher25 @remiaw They actually talked about it before, and Activision said Destiny and PC would be a perfect fit.


I wouldn't be surprised if we see this in the near future. The question is though, how soon?

ricku1967
ricku1967

@jemoedr @ricku1967 still, they didnt earn anything that way. stuff handed to people on a silver platter that you worked very hard for and they didnt, just makes it cheap in my opinion, even if it is a friend

thedirtymurph
thedirtymurph

@dhmatt90 @franky111 Higher level means more than just the actual rank of the gear. Higher level weapons will have better perks which do matter in every mode. 

franky111
franky111

@dhmatt90 @franky111 I do not fail to realize this. In fact, that is the primary reason I'm against a trading system. The Iron Banner is a huge part of The Crucible. A trading system would be game-breaking.

Code135
Code135

@jemoedr @rusher25 @remiaw I hope they drop the idea ... I don't see potential in this thing when there are so many flaws in it ... It'll be another new flop franchise on PC.

irishrizo
irishrizo

yeah if only people actually check  Bungie Forums.. lol

smokeless_0225
smokeless_0225

@waffleiron88 

I like the idea of no trades. I don't think that they're actually expecting someone to "tell a (drawn out) story" about getting their gear....but probably just feeling more accomplished about the gear they have.

DawnBlue
DawnBlue

@waffleiron88 @smokeless_0225 Lol I though so... they rarely give anything, much less anything useful.

They really aren't gonna just give away loot in Destiny like, say, Diablo, and of that they aren't all very useful. So I think they mean it when they say loot should be earned