Microtransactions are a-Comin'
robhaber - Rob 3 Comments · Likes · Like · 6th Oct 2015
Destiny Will Add Microtransactions Next Week

Source: Polygon.com


Destiny developer Bungie is adding microtransactions to the game starting Oct. 13, giving players the ability to purchase additional emotes, the studio announced today.

Bungie will bring back the vendor Tess Everis on that date, and she will return to the Tower with "a new look, a new storefront, and some new items to sell, courtesy of Eververse Trading Company," the studio said in a blog post.

Everis, who was removed from Destiny with a hotfix in mid-August, will be selling 18 emotes to start. Players will buy emotes with a new in-game currency called Silver, which they can purchase with real money through the PlayStation Store or Xbox Games Store.

Emotes have always existed in Destiny, but they became a point of contention after the publication of a controversial interview with Destiny: The Taken King creative director Luke Smith about the three emotes that were exclusively included in the expansion's $80 Collector's Edition. Bungie is selling the exclusive content on its own for $20. The company gave no pricing details today for the emotes Everis will offer, saying instead that it will provide that information, along with images and descriptions, on Oct. 13.

Bungie stressed that all emotes are "completely optional, and won't impact the action game in any way." The studio will provide some free Silver to all Destiny players so they can buy a couple of emotes and try them out.

According to Bungie, these microtransactions are an effort 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," Bungie continued. "Going forward, our live team is also looking to grow beyond vital updates and improvements to focus on world events, experiences, and feature requests."

Update: Citing two anonymous sources who are "familiar with Destiny's development," Kotaku reported prior to the publication of Bungie's blog post that Activision is looking to change its entire downloadable content plan for Destiny. Instead of releasing paid expansions like The Dark Below and House of Wolves, said Kotaku, Activision and Bungie will deliver new quests and missions for free — likely in "big drops every few months until the fall of 2016," when a full sequel to Destiny will arrive for $59.99.

7th Oct 2015 Aozotorp - Evan
This makes perfect business sense to me especially knowing that the people dictating moves like this are Activision. I think it will only help not hinder since the funds are going towards something we will all get even if we don't buy emotes etc. On the plus side they might release emotes for deaf/mute gamers to help with communicating.
6th Oct 2015 Jeramie345 - Jeramie
Sounds kinda fishy idk what to think about the free dlc drops
6th Oct 2015 Hernanmejiag - Hernan
I wonder if raids will be included in this free content deal...
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