Bungie seems to have seen the light, at least to some degree. They’ve decided to scale back the Eververse somewhat. The plan includes putting sparrows, ghosts, and ships to achievement reward pools, more direct purchase options, a new way to earn Bright Engrams through gameplay, etc.
If you’ve been paying attention to what’s been going on in the world of video games in the past month or so, you’ve no doubt heard that Bungie and Destiny 2 have been causing some fan outrage. Bungie was making blunder after blunder, constantly finding new ways to anger the player base. Skimping on EXP distribution, a largely empty and uninteresting first DLC, items not working the way they’re supposed to, and much more. As a result, Destiny 2 has been hemorrhaging players. Sure, it still has a large player base, but more and more people seem to be getting sick and tired of the game.
To be fair to Bungie, they have fixed some of the issues fairly promptly. However, one big issue remains: the Eververse. Everything that seems to be constructed in order to coax you into spending more money pretty much stayed the same, despite fan protests. Well, Bungie has finally decided to do something about that, too. In a recent news update detailing the roadmap for Destiny 2, they’ve announced that they’re going to cool it off with the Eververse. The post reads: “We recognize that the scales are tipped too far towards Tess at the moment, and Eververse was never intended to be a substitute for end game content and rewards.” So yeah, it’s the usual “we listened and we agree” spiel, but at least they’re making steps in the right direction. Here are the changes they’re planning to introduce, according to the post:
- We’re shifting the balance of new content in favor of activity rewards over Bright Engrams. This includes adding Ghosts, Sparrows, and ships (to date found only in Bright Engrams) to achievement reward pools.
- We’ll provide a gameplay path to earn Bright Engrams and all contained rewards (including Event Engrams).
- We’ll give players more direct purchase options and make adjustments to Bright Engrams to allow players to get the items they want more often.
So, yeah, of course the microtransactions will still be in there, but at least they might be a less egregious. Now, let’s just wait and see how this plays out.