In just over a month, the sequel to popular hit Destiny will be released and guardians will take up their arms once more to serve and protect their beloved Traveller once again. Except playing through the BETA and watching over the subsequent footage, it’s hard to escape the feeling of imminent disappointment when it comes to Destiny 2.

I suspect many reading this will have also poured many hours into the original Destiny. After all, Bungie’s franchise arrived with huge hype and pomp back in 2014. The game had some brilliant ideas, sadly lost under somewhat underwhelming execution. Two expansions later and Destiny 2 has a lot of work to do in recapturing that initial sense of excitement surrounding the series. But after pouring over the BETA, and watching countless hours of footage, I’m beginning to get a sense of deja vu. The feeling that Bungie’s upcoming title may struggle to achieve the high expectations placed on it – and that has me worried.

Moreover, these are the points that really have me concerned thus far about Destiny 2.

 

The Malicious World Of Microtransactions

This right here is everything I am worried about, so many triple-A games these days have started to reap the rewards of micro transactions and it does not please me in the slightest, don’t get me wrong, I am generally ok with micro transactions but only when I feel that they are merited. The whole point of microtransactions is a way for video game developers to make some money, but not just any developers, oh no, the ones that make their game free-to-play, they have made a game for everyone to play and they have made it free, they add microtransactions as a way for the player to progress quicker and so they can actually make some money, fair enough, so why are these high budget video game developer adding them to triple-A games?

As of now, if you are still playing Destiny that is, Bungie has the option for one microtransaction, Silver. Silver is used for buying things like emotes and sparrows, things that you would have been able to unlock through in-game challenges in a world not too long ago, but instead, Bungie decided to cash-in on the microtransaction bandwagon like everyone else. There is no doubt that Bungie has made more than enough money off Silver alone, this brings me to what I am deathly worried about, Exotics.

 

The Life Exotic

It is no secret that Exotics are the dream when playing Destiny, we grind for hours on end in the hope that we see that warm, inviting shimmer of yellow to descend to the ground from the corpse of our foolish enemies, we battled against RNG every game and we would not stop until we were rewarded with that elegant engram, when we finally prevailed, the sense of accomplishment was so satisfying, there are few achievements that replicate how it feels, it is what grind is all about, now on to the worrying part.

Imagine Bungie add Exotic engrams to their list of microtransactions, how disappointing would that be? it would completely defeat the point of grind, why would anyone devote the countless hours of their life, getting green engram after green engram when they could just fast track everything and just buy them? Not only that but when you play PvP you won’t know for certain if the player that just killed you earned their Exotic or if they took the cowards way out and paid for it.

What would make this even worse would be if Bungie allowed multiple Exotics to be equipped at once, a feature that frequently annoyed Destiny players in the past. I can easily see Bungie allowing this as they have already touched upon this before with their latest and last expansion: Rise of Iron. Through completing the Dead Orbit quest, the player received an item which allowed for the second piece of Exotic gear to be equipped. This opens the way for multiple Exotics at once in Destiny 2 and if people are allowed to buy Exotics then this would be a deal breaker for me, even if they only allowed one Exotic item when playing PvP it would make no difference to me, I could not play whilst not knowing if my opponent has paid for an advantage over me, it’s a shame, I really liked the Crucible.

 

Coins For Coins

Let’s say that Bungie decides not to sell Exotics, it won’t be much different, all they will do is practically the same thing they are already doing for Silver, they will sell Xur’s currency, Strange coins. This is probably more plausible than selling Exotics, instead of having to list each Exotic, all they have to do is sell Strange Coins and let people buy what ever they want.

Everyone knows that if you want the good stuff, you go to Xur, you spend all week waiting for him to reappear, hoping that he is carrying something that fits your wants and needs, if he wasn’t then all you did was exchange all of your Strange Coins for Three of Coins and pray to the RNG gods as you stepped once more into the crucible with your, newly acquired, increased drop rate and started grinding once again.

 

Conclusion: Hoping For The Best with Destiny 2

The way Destiny plays right now needs little to no alteration in my opinion, I enjoy it the way it is and if any of the aforementioned changes are put into place then I will most likely avoid the game altogether, as much as it would sadden me, I refuse to play a game where you can pay to win. I do not want another Battlefront experience, where every other death came from the hands of a player toting one of the ultra powerful DLC weapons, the kind that would just wipe you out in a single shot, regardless of your skill or your arsenal, DLC just negated all of that and gave the advantage to the paying player.

In my opinion, I prefer the older gameplay, where you had no other choice but to work hard for what you wanted, there were no fast tracks or workarounds back then and you felt more accomplished whenever you overcome the obstacles that game threw at you, I wish we could go back then, games were better back then.

I’m still incredibly hyped for Destiny 2 – but there are lingering concerns that only make the prospect of diving in head first seem almost impossible right now. Let’s hope Bungie can answer these concerns, I really want to love Destiny 2.

 

 

SHARE
Freelance journalist, writing opinion pieces and loving it, king of unpopular opinions, (Paladins is better than Overwatch), I love to argue and debate, I love to eat but that's probably not surprising, got an opinion about my opinion, lets debate!

9 COMMENTS

  1. the math is very simple here. if you (all) go on buying this product anyway despite the obvious audacity behind it – then you are saying loud and clear “oh well, go on with your practices.” and they will go on and on and the complaints are getting louder and louder. but no one cares because you gave your money anyway. no one cares what gamers have to say after the purchase. they only hear your money cashing in they do not listen to what people have to SAY. check it. and your gaming world will be better again.

    • @Chris

      “the math is very simple here. if you (all) go on buying this product anyway despite the obvious audacity behind it – then you are saying loud and clear β€œoh well, go on with your practices.”

      Dude you are like 5+ years too late. That debate is over. That train has left the station. Even with all the campaigns and vitriol against developers and publishers. People were loud and annoyed — guess what Optional Premium Content as a business model is wildly successful.

      They will go on with those practices because what people say and what people do are two different things — why? Talk is cheap. It’s easy to say ‘I will never buy a game with micro-transactions’ but its harder to stick to that conviction especially if your friends are playing.

      “and they will go on and on and the complaints are getting louder and louder.”

      Actually the complaints are starting to turn people tone deaf. I would say there were more complaints about this with the previous generation of consoles than the current gen. I think people are more used to it by now, and have experienced gaming with optional premium content. So the boogeyman status complaining gamers give this feature fall on deaf ears sometimes.

      “but no one cares because you gave your money anyway.”

      Seriously you can’t be this dense!?!? Who is giving their money away? When I paid for my Battlefield 4 and Battlefield 1 season passes I exchanged my money for future map packs. I gave nothing away I traded my labor for continued entertainment. If you see the amount of time I invested into those two games you would be hardpressed to tell me that I DIDN’T get my money’s worth.

      “no one cares what gamers have to say after the purchase. they only hear your money cashing in they do not listen to what people have to SAY. check it. and your gaming world will be better again”

      So you are suggesting there are some gamers out there who are mind numbed robots who just want to lap at the teat of the whatever garbage the publisher delivers? Only you are intelligent enough to know what is best for the rest of us gamers?

      I am sick to death of the sanctimonious attitudes gamers have about Premium Optional Content.

      The fact is all these whining articles and all the people whining about this stuff on Reddit only serves to muddy the waters. Any reasonable adult sees the writing on the walls — DLC, Season Passes, definitely Microtransactions ARE HERE TO STAY. All the whinging won’t change that. We are beyond the ‘hey stop paying for games with Microtransactions’ campaigns.

      How about we accept them for what they are and start to look out for games that abuse the practice instead of declaring every game with microtransactions a rip off?

      That to me would seem reasonable and mature.

  2. “The whole point of microtransactions is a way for video game developers to make some money, but not just any developers, oh no, the ones that make their game free-to-play, they have made a game for everyone to play and they have made it free, they add microtransactions as a way for the player to progress quicker and so they can actually make some money, fair enough, so why are these high budget video game developer adding them to triple-A games?”

    Run on sentence much there bro?

    If you are going to be a game author and write about video games you should at least pretend to be an expert. Micro-transactions are not evil. I don’t think they were implimented in a bad way for D1, I don’t see why they would change things for D2.

    The rest of your article is PURE speculation as far as I know Bungie hasn’t announced anything about how they will do micro-transactions. So you just publishing what ifs and I am wondering . . .

    HOW DOES THIS PROVIDE ANY VALUE TO YOUR AUDIENCE?

    WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THE GAME IS RELEASED AND NONE OF THESE SCENARIOS IS VALID?

    WILL YOU WRITE ANOTHER ARTICLE APOLOGIZING TO YOUR AUDIENCE FOR DECLARING THE SKY IS FALLING LIKE CHICKEN LITTLE?

    Anyone can speculate and I am not suggestion speculation never has merit, but you are not even providing any information that gives your speculations weight.

    Optional Premium Content is here to stay in video games. Please take a moment to get over it and try to write articles in the future that have a foundation in reality.

  3. destiny 1 already has micro transactions in it.so for destiny 1.5 expansion it should be no big deal.also since its on pc now expect a lot more.

    • @hvd2222

      “destiny 1 already has micro transactions in it.so for destiny 1.5 expansion it should be no big deal.also since its on pc now expect a lot more”

      More power to them if they offer things that players want to pay for, I have no issue with it. No one is holding a gun to anyone’s head.

  4. People can have concerns about whatever they like. In particular when it comes to the way developers are slicing off content to make a buck down the line. You may be fine shilling out $60, only for developers to ask for more and more (Which with Destiny 2’s expansions, cosmetic content and lootboxes – I don’t think it’s unfair to be slightly ticked off.

    Also the article never says any of this is confirmed. It’s based on speculation and the info we have. You need to cool your jets and get a grip, you come across like an overeager fanboy. πŸ˜…πŸ˜… Seriously, if I’d been writing this article, I’d have murdered Destiny for the underwhelming piece of junk it was.

    • @Shaun2k5

      Dude you are showcasing ignorance here.

      “People can have concerns about whatever they like. In particular when it comes to the way developers are slicing off content to make a buck down the line.”

      All games have content that is cut. If you are not cutting content you are producing a bad game. If you do not get rid of dead weight the results will be obvious to the gamers. Content that comes back as DLC generally does so because the developers have more time to make it work. Most of this stuff is 100% planned they work a few years on the base game and as the game takes shape they will take some people off the main title to work on post launch DLC.

      This isn’t because they are evil or they think gamers are stupid it is because gamers will buy more content for games they love. Why shouldn’t developers seek to fulfill those needs? Its money on the table.

      “You may be fine shilling out $60, only for developers to ask for more and more (Which with Destiny 2’s expansions, cosmetic content and lootboxes – I don’t think it’s unfair to be slightly ticked off.”

      They ask for more but they give you more — what is wrong with that? If you don’t like the value proposition a developer offers you can be a big boy about it and elect to spend your dollars elsewhere. Whining about it won’t change the practice.

      “Also the article never says any of this is confirmed. It’s based on speculation and the info we have. You need to cool your jets and get a grip, you come across like an overeager fanboy. πŸ˜…πŸ˜… Seriously, if I’d been writing this article, I’d have murdered Destiny for the underwhelming piece of junk it was.”

      You didn’t exactly go out of your way to say this was your speculation either. The headline alone sounds like you are concerned about ACTUAL microtransactions and not theoretical ones you just pulled out of thin air.

    • It’s an opinion piece. Everybody is concerned about stuff that might happen. That’s the part
      of being concerned.

Comments are closed.