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Destiny 2's Microtransactions Aren't Quite Pay-to-Win, but Consumable Shaders are a Blow to Destiny Fashion

Shaders, like fashions, are fleeting.

News by Matt Kim, .

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Destiny 2 is a bigger, better version of everything in the first Destiny. Planets are more robust, stories are more engaging, characters are more interesting. Oh, and microtransactions get a little renovation as well. By that I mean Bungie has improved ways to part players of their cash (or Silver as it's called in-game). While it's hard to call Destiny 2 "pay-to-win" exactly, there are some troubling signs that Tess Everis and the Eververse Trading Co. could factor into a larger part of player's time in the game, especially if they care about fashion.

One of the best things to come out of the first Destiny was the r/DestinyFashion subreddit. There, players could show off all the cool shaders they've decided to coordinate with their gear. One of the big changes in Destiny 2 is the fact that shaders have become consumable items, meaning once you use up a certain shader color, it's gone.

The former Eververse location.

While Bungie also improved the versatility of the Shaders—expanding customization to allow for new weapon ornaments and emotes—the fact that a popular aspect of the game like Shaders is now finite means that microtransaction hub Eververse Trading Co. is the one-stop shop for players looking to deck out their Guardians.

While it's hard to make a case for shaders as absolutely necessary to Destiny 2's core game (Destiny fashion enthusiasts aside), Everis' shop also offers weapon mods that can either re-spec your weapon's elemental ability, or weapon and armor mods which "slightly" upgrade your items' stats. Those mods do offer upgrades to how you'll perform in the game, compared to a different coat of paint for your gear.

Needless to say, players are a bit upset about this.

Three separate Reddit threads are full of players voicing their concerns for Bungie's new practice. While it's been reported that the weapon mods Everis sells will become available to purchase with in-game currency from the gunsmith once players hit level 20, this is a serious blow to Destiny Fashion. While you can still get shaders as a drop from enemies, their temporary nature makes it a bit more difficult to revisit your favorite Destiny look later on.

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  • Avatar for Roto13 #1 Roto13 15 days ago
    Shaders are consumable now? What crap. I've been having a great time with this game all day, but this is a huge downgrade from Destiny 1.
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  • Avatar for Broen13 #2 Broen13 14 days ago
    Just means that players will have to plan out fashion. Like real life? I worked on specific looks for my characters the entire time I played D1, but after a few days and stacks of shaders I realized I like the system when I matched my sparrow and dropship. Then I shaded a weapon I was using and was just sold completely.

    This may not be a popular opinion, but I like what they did. May take some time to get things looking *just* right.
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