Bungie denies that Destiny pay-to-loot micro-transactions are on the way

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UPDATE: Taken King creative director has just tweeted that there are no plans in place right now to boost King’s Fall Raids with consumables that will increase loot drop-rates.

Original story follows below.

Micro-transactions in video games are like a small itch on your back. You can’t quite reach it, it smells funky and scratching it/throwing coins only results in a temporary relief. Just about every game on the shelves these days (especially from high-profile studios and publishers) has some form of micro-transactions.

And when you’re spending close to a R1000 (Or $60/£60 for our US and UK pals), that’s actually not just depressing. It’s kind of disgusting. Destiny is no stranger to all of this, having introduced micro-transactions yesterday to that game world. Now admittedly, these real-world money items are purely cosmetic fluff.

They’re emotes, stuff that you don’t actually need and yes I actually bought two of them last night because I’m clearly an idiot who wants the ability to accurately emote my impressive loss-streaks in the Crucible.

But here’s the thing: More micro-transactions are on the way. And they’re giving me the pay-to-loot heebie jeebies. Over on the Bungie forums, some data-mining revealed more consumables that players can choose to purchase soon from the Eververse trading company:

  • Heuristic Light – Buy additional moldering shards during the King’s Fall Raid
  • Indomitable Light – Buy more likelihood for armor and weapon drops during a normal mode King’s Fall raid
  • Valorous Light – Buy more likelihood for armor and weapon drops during a hard mode King’s Fall raid
  • Hunter Level 25 Starter Pack – Buy level 25 instantly, fully level any subclass instantly, and receive several telemetries to gain XP quicker
  • Warlock Level 25 Starter Pack – Buy level 25 instantly, fully level any subclass instantly, and receive several telemetries to gain XP quicker
  • Titan Level 25 Starter Pack – Buy level 25 instantly, fully level any subclass instantly, and receive several telemetries to gain XP quicker
  • Subclass Infusion – Buy a fully leveled subclass instantly (Fully upgrades your currently equipped subclass)
  • Bone Trinkets – Buy Increased XP Gains from The Fallen for 10 minutes
  • Void Shackles – Buy Increased XP Gains from Hive for 10 minutes
  • Spent Displacer – Buy Increased XP Gains from Vex for 10 minutes
  • Campaign Medals – Buy Increased XP Gains from Cabal for 10 minutes

The majority of those consumables are clearly targeted towards new players, to get them up to speed with the rest of the in-game universe. It’s the King’s Fall content that irks me however. King’s Fall is the hardest Raid in all of Destiny, a true test of skill and teamwork.

Hell, the final part of that Raid involves you having to work with your squad to kill an angry space-god who happens to be bigger than Hulkamania in the 1980s. And the loot drops for completing the mother of all Raids…ain’t that great.

It also completely goes against the core of the game for me. The idea of creating a legend, and earning your way to the top. It’s kind of a slap in the face then.  And not something that I want to see more of in one of my favourite games.

Last Updated: October 14, 2015

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