Destiny 2's Eververse Store Is Changing Again In Year 4
Bungie is offering more ways to get premium items without paying for them in Destiny 2's next content year.
A whole bunch of changes are in the offing for Destiny 2 in its next content year, with Bungie altering the rewards you can earn in-game and the premium customization items you can purchase. Starting this fall, you'll have new options for customizing your characters and new ways to earn currency to earn premium cosmetics without having to pay for them.
Director Luke Smith detailed some of the changes in the latest This Week at Bungie blog post, which include the addition of transmogrification, which will give players a bunch of new armor customization options. The biggest alteration to the Eververse Store, where players can buy cosmetic items for premium currency purchased with real money, is in what it sells. Starting in Year 4, the Eververse Store won't sell items that are share visual themes with items you'd earn from activities such as raids in-game--meaning you won't have to purchase cool looks for certain weapons, armor, or accessories, you'll earn them.
You'll also have more ways of earning Bright Dust, the premium currency you can use in the Eververse Store that you get from completing in-game activities, rather than spending real money. Smith writes that Bright Dust will be easier to earn and methods of doing so will be account-specific, rather than character-specific. Right now, players who put time into all three characters on their account can earn more Bright Dust than players who only play with one; Bungie's changes should alter that to make things a little more even for single-player characters.
Meanwhile, if you don't purchase something in the Eververse Store during the season it becomes available, you'll soon have new ways of getting it later on. Bungie plans to expand what items players can get out of Bright Engrams, which are random premium items you get for leveling up along the Season Pass track or for every five levels once you hit level 100. Bright Engrams will soon include more items that were previously available in the Eververse Store during Year 3, and going forward, Bright Engrams will include items from at least the three seasons prior to when you earn them.
In general, Bungie is looking to make playing Destiny 2 more rewarding in Year 4, as well. You'll soon be able to earn armor sets through playing that were previously only available from leveling up the Season Pass or purchased from the Eververse Store. Each of the core activities (Strikes, the Crucible, and Gambit) is getting a new yearly armor set starting with Destiny 2's next expansion, which will support special shaders and "decals"--which suggests new cosmetic customization options are on the way for armor as well. And going forward, you'll have a new Pursuit Weapon to chase each season down by playing any of the core activities. That weapon will also have activity-specific skins you can earn for it, as well.
Finally, Smith writes that Destiny 2's raids and dungeons, and the Trials of Osiris multiplayer event--collectively known as Aspirational Activities--will soon get new rewards. In addition to the weapons and armor you can already get from a lot of these activities, they'll also include at least one vanity accessory, too, like a Ghost shell or a ship. Trials of Osiris will get new armor starting in Season 13, the season after the start of Year 4, and the game's next raid will include armor and weapon rewards as usual, along with new accessories to earn.
Smith writes that there are more changes in store for Year 4, but didn't offer any more details. This is already quite a bit, though, and should answer a lot of the complaints players have had in Destiny 2's Year 3. We can expect more details as we inch closer to Destiny 2's next content year, but that's still a long way off; we're currently in Season 10, which ends in June, and Year 4 starts with Season 12.
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