Destiny is adding microtransactions next week

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Destiny-Step-Up

Guardian! You’ve scoured the Cosmodrome for Glimmer to spend on upgrades! Survived the Exclusion Zone on Mars in your search for planetary materials. Descended into the Hive depths of hell itself for Radiant parts. Faced the Iron Banner to earn Etheric Light.

Now, your greatest challenge is coming, as the threat of Oryx demands the rarest of currencies: actual money. Real-world coin, which will be used for the greatest of purposes! And that purpose is…DANCE!

Yessir, soon you’ll be able to exchange the Strange Coins you earn from completing the monthly Raid known as your real-world job for actual goods in Destiny, as microtransactions will be offered from October 13.

That’s the word according to Bungie, who say that special requisitions manager Tess Everis will be back at the tower and selling goods from the Eververse Trading Company.

She’ll be offering 18 new emotes, in exchange for a new currency called Silver that can be purchased with cash in either the respective Xbox or PlayStation store.

To kick things off, Bungie said that they’ll provide all Guardians with enough free Silver to “purchase an emote or two and become legend through the power of dance”. Bungie also explained that every emoji was optional:

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.

Bungie also said that the microtransactions are needed to keep on supporting Destiny. “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,” Bungie said.

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.

I’m torn over this. There’s all manner of debate ready for this, from the idea of asking for more cash for a game with a premium price tag and extra expansions that cost cash, to supporting it in order to keep new content on the way.

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Maybe you want to compare it to the traditional MMO subscription model, discuss it being a free online experience that is reliant on Xbox One and PlayStation Network subscriptions. Whatever the case is, I’d need several limbs to spontaneously mutate out of me so that people could ask for the other hand, Darryn.

Last Updated: October 6, 2015

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  • Grand Admiral Chief

    Lolwut?

  • Grand Admiral Chief
    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      This is not very Naas.

      • Grand Admiral Chief

        But, uh, we were, uh, toking aboat de ovver hand

        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          *udder

          • Grand Admiral Chief

            No no, ovver, toking aboat ovver

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            But they’re milking it ;P

          • Grand Admiral Chief

            Ok ok, de ovver udder then

          • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

            *den

          • Grand Admiral Chief

            *ven

          • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

            Vi uvver ven, wiff my teef ketching sunlaait…

          • Grand Admiral Chief

            Heh, sunlaait, lekker lag ek nou

        • SmurFyZA

          Haha plz stop. Too much

    • oVg

      I LOVE THAT RUGBY JERSEY. A proud Springbok. Now with over paranoid modern SA they might as well replace it with a Blue Crane.

      • Grand Admiral Chief

        Hou die Springbok mighty high!

  • Alien Emperor Trevor

    It’s a full price AAA game with F2P payment mechanics that people are lapping up. Well played Activision.

    • Hammersteyn

      R1500 later and now they want me to spend money on MT????

    • Well technically it is Blizzard-Activision so nothing new here. 🙂

    • Nikola

      Yeah but you have to be dum or crazy to spend money on dance moves lol and it’s a type of a thing that really doesn’t affect your progress or anything it’s just cosmetic crap!

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        It’s a shameless attempt to get more money out of players who’ve already paid full price for the game. Every AAA retail game that does this can GITFS.

        • Nikola

          Look I payed the full price for the games, but this really does not concern me it’s just emotes buuut I agree it’s a cheap way of making money of people!

  • Hammersteyn

    Here’s one the can buy from me

    http://i.memeful.com/media/post/0MxljML_700wa_0.gif

    • Grand Admiral Chief

      *they

      • Hammersteyn

        Yay I’m my old self again!

        • Grand Admiral Chief

          Lagz is just not Lagz without you

          • Hammersteyn

            Yeah, I bet it does better without me 😛

          • Grand Admiral Chief

            Not even close, not even at all

    • oVg

      Is that Nolan North on the other side?

      • Hammersteyn

        Oh snap XD

  • AfricanTime

    it is not an MMO in anyway, i wish people would stop saying this is an an MMO, if this is an MMO , than COD, battlefield is an MMO. who would pay actual money to buy something so frivolous?

    • It is massively multiplayer and also require you to be online all the time. Thus it is an MMO unless your definition is different to mine. What it isn’t is an MMORPG.

      • AfricanTime

        i can play with friends online multiplayer in coop modes in nearly shooter game, and i dont pay a cent extra, all that destiny does is force you to play in coop with random people.

        • That is not the argument you were making. You said it is not an MMO. For it to be an MMO all you need is 100 or more concurrent players on the same shard or server.

          BF 64 player so not an MMO.
          CoD 32 player so not an MMO.

          Destiny … loads of player so definitely an MMO.

          • AfricanTime

            on the planets, i think the most i have seen is 8 on one area of a planet, strikes only three, raid only 6, multiplayer is 12, the tower, reef is 16 – 21, not sure i seen anything above 12 anywhere to be honest.

          • Hammersteyn

            Maybe they cordon all the players with 200ms ping (namely us) off to a separate server? I mostly see names like seekoei, bliksem, or names with ZA or RSA at the end.

          • AfricanTime

            yeah i see you lot running all over the show.

          • Hammersteyn

            LOL saw you a few times too

          • It isn’t really about who you see at any time. As far as I am aware most planets are shards by themselves and have the capability of hosting up to 300 players. Raids and Strikes are basically shards that can hold significantly less but still because the planets can hold over 100 persons per shard it is an MMO. WoW servers are also split into shards for instance. Kalimdor/Eastern Kingdoms/Pandaria etc are all standalone shards as are all dungeon and raids at a significantly lower player count once again.

          • AfricanTime

            so if i cannot see the people ? hows it it make it multiplayer?

          • Seriously? When you play BF4 and you cannot see that sniper that just killed you it must have been hacks because he did not really exist due to the fact that you did not see him?

            If the server holds 2000 players over say a virtual area of 400km2 I can guarantee you that you will not see 1/10th of those players due to things like distance and terrain.

            Or are you just trying to troll now?

          • AfricanTime

            no sorry, it is a genuine question, you said that the planets can hold up to 300 players, as far as i have seen, i have seen max 8 players in one area, there is about 5 – 6 areas in one planet, no where near 300 players

          • Sageville

            Yeah, what @AfricanTime said, hardly ever see more than 12 peeps ever in Destiny.

          • There may not be as players usually get cordoned off by latency. However the potential of having 300 players is there even though there might not be in your particular instance.
            It is fairly similar to many ea survival games. DayZ for instance is (just barely) classified as an MMO but I have yet to see a full pop 100+ server. In ZA you can barely find a server with 20 people on it even though most of our servers are set for 60odd players.

          • AfricanTime

            ok it has the potential to be an MMO, fair enough , but even the American and UK players say the same thing.

          • Still the ability to have above 100 players in an area makes it an MMO. The fact that there may not be does not really matter to the definition.

          • AfricanTime

            lol ok

    • Nikola

      It is an MMO!

      • AfricanTime

        only thing that is “massive” about this game is the price, unless i dont understand MMO

        • Hammersteyn

          LOL

          • Sean Carbutt

            LOl. There are probably more people playing Rocket League that destiny. Next they will release the Destiny Anal Addition with a free tub of lube. At least this way you know that you will be screwed from day 1

          • Hammersteyn

            At least they’d then be transparent about their business model

          • Grand Admiral Chief

            Vaseline is semi transparent…

        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          Massive Money Orifice?

          • Really? REALLY?!

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            Go away!

          • Make me!

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            *throws a tennis ball off a cliff* FETCH!

          • Hammersteyn

            He can’t go outside, that’s where the sun is.

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            Shhhh – he needs to focus on what’s important, the ball.

          • Sun doesn’t hurt souless people!

          • Thow the ball, throw the ball!

          • Grand Admiral Chief

            You cannot cast soul-trap, it is not very effective

          • XD

          • oVg

            into the sea… oh, he is inland 😛

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            They’ve got a dam.

          • Grand Admiral Chief

            So, yomamma?

        • Nikola

          You clearly don’t… Have you played the game? Ammount of hours well most people I play with have put into this game you can only do in an MMO! and the game is quite big!

          • AfricanTime

            i have played the game, i also can spend hours playing candy crush doesnt mean it is MMO. it is not that Big.

    • Hammersteyn

      It’s not a massively multiplayer online game?

      • Nikola

        hahaha apparently not dude clearly we have been fooled!

      • Sageville

        I’m starting to see that, isn’t it just a “Multiplayer game”?

        Where does the “Massively” come in?

        • Hammersteyn

          Good point. Six players is hardly a big number

  • The traditional subscription model still works best in my opinion. The problem is that the standard price for subs have not changed in 20 odd years or so. For instance if FF:ARR cost $7 subs I would still be playing it. At least both WoW and Eve have in game currency sub items even though I still do the traditional sub with them.

  • Ryanza

    So all that’s left for Destiny is to milk it’s user base.

    Don’t Support DRM.

  • Ryanza
    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      I never thought of the Destiny logo being a pair of tighty whities before.

      • Grand Admiral Chief

        So, underpants is their DESTINY?

        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          That would make Activision the underpants gnomes?

  • Nikola

    New expansion is great and really worth every cent, this is just dum though hahaha like it makes no difference if you dum enough buy it but it doesn’t take anything from the game anyway it’s just dance moves sooo have no idea why people would be getting angry over it!

    • Grand Admiral Chief

      *dumb

      Kinda funny misspelling THAT word

      😛

      • Nikola

        hahahah! cut me some slack English is not my first language lol

        • Grand Admiral Chief

          Neither is it mine!

  • Umm. Wtf? I go away for a few days and the world goes madder?! I blame OvG!

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      Go away!

      • You can’t make me!

        • Alien Emperor Trevor

        • Grand Admiral Chief

          Are you at RAGE Friday?

  • Francois Knoetze

    read somewhere on Flipboard that there will be free missions added next year (never mind the redbull one) and that they are changing how they are doing the expansion updates. won’t be the same in year 2 as year one. The updates will be free and the emotes purchase is just a way to bring in cash. Could be wrong though

  • Jonah Cash

    I don’t mind this, as long as it doesn’t help anyone over the guy next to him then what is the problem! I have put in enough hours with Destiny to warrant double what I have paid for all the content so far… And I still love it!

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