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Destiny 2 director explains why Shaders are now limited use consumables

Destiny 2 director explains why Shaders are now limited use consumables

The complaints revolve around bright engrams, which are essentially Destiny 2's version of loot crates and can only be bought with the in-game currency silver at a cost of 200 silver per engram.

There are countless threads on the Destiny subreddit about the new system (which is universally reviled, as you might expect), but one of the most level-headed and comprehensive is this thread from WeilageM, who pleads with the community to boycott microtransactions until Bungie reworks the system.

If you want a better Sparrow, Everis (on The Farm) will give you a free Bright Engram box once you've completed the Destiny 2 campaign. Instead, players are expected to gather Armor Shaders in bulk. Shaders are no longer an unlimited resource, but are now consumable items.

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Back in the original Destiny, getting access to your Sparrow was par for the course, with the interesting stuff being based around the cosmetic changes to them that you could get from a vendor - and of course the Sparrow racing events. Knowing these prices help gauge what players will have to pay to purchase Bright Engrams with Silver. This means that three of your four pieces of armor will be altered by the shader, but you'll still need to find another shader of the same color scheme to complete the set. It can be used to efficiently travel across different places, as well as escape from dangers. This is about as blatant a money grab as you'll ever see. As such, the change left players absolutely blindsided by the change, prompting many of them to head to Reddit in revolt. You could use shaders as many times as you needed, equipping them and replacing them to suit your style. However, shaders are the biggest offender. The other step to get a Sparrow is to level up the character to 20, which will reward the player a Bright Engram. However, when all is said and done, it's clear that Bungie either thought that having frequent consumable drops was an improvement over rarer permanent rewards or purposely retooled shaders to fit into its microtransaction system in order to turn a profit. In essence it takes the Chroma system of cosmetics that was introduced for some armour in the original Destiny after Rise of Iron and spins it out across the whole game with microtransactions.

For its part, Bungie has remained quiet on the issue to date.


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