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Destiny introduces microtransactions

"Won't impact the action game in any way"

Bungie will add microtransactions to its hit space shooter Destiny on October 13, but has promised fans that it won't offer those with cash a chance to buy their way to a win.

The first items to go on sale in the game via vendor Tess Everis will be eighteen new emotes. A new new in-game currency, silver, will be introduced for the purchase of these items.

"If you're not interested in what Tess has to offer, you won't ever be forced to pluck an item off of her shelf. You'll still receive updates to the game, and you won't lose a Crucible encounter or fail to clear a Raid because you didn't have the right Eververse Trading Company emote equipped," said community manager David 'Deej' Dague in an update.

"Our plan is to use these new items to bolster the service provided by our live team for another full year, as they grow and create more robust and engaging events that we'll announce later this year. It has been, and continues to be, our goal to deliver updates to the game. Going forward, our live team is also looking to grow beyond vital updates and improvements to focus on world events, experiences, and feature requests."

Bungie will also be handing out free silver to mark the launch.

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Latest comments (2)

Paul Johnson Managing Director / Lead code monkey, Rubicon Development2 years ago
Well, they develop a game at great expense and then try to sell it and make a profit. That's where all sales transactions end.

If you want to get more official content later on, there shouldn't be any expectation to get it for free - this is a bit more than some coffee refills and you bought a product, not joined a club. So then it becomes a choice of paid expansion or some fun microtransactions. ALL evidence suggests the latter is a better model as it can raise much more money for the dev, because more people want it that way, which is the defintion of best for the player.

This kneejerk hatred of people trying to raise money for their work is something I will never understand. I'll bet the most vocal detractors of developers wanting to earn aren't quite so commie when it's time for their own yearly pay review.
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Paul Jace Merchandiser 2 years ago
Bungie will add microtransactions to its hit space shooter Destiny on October 13, but has promised fans that it won't offer those with cash a chance to buy their way to a win.
I don't have any issue with this method of microstransactions. As long as they keep it optional and it isn't interfering with how we play the main game or giving people any advantages then it's really not a problem. Although as mentioned above it does give people on the internet one more thing to complain about.
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