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

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

Shaders, like fashions, are fleeting.

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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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Matt Kim

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Matt Kim is a former freelance writer who's covered video games and digital media. He likes video games as spectacle and is easily distracted by bright lights or clever bits of dialogue. He also once wrote about personal finance, but that's neither here nor there.

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