Destiny 2 is rolling steadily onward toward its second major DLC for the game, with several smaller events coming. Along the way to that new content, though, Bungie has stated that the Eververse market will become a smaller part of the equation.
Over on the Bungie blog, the Destiny 2 developer has offered an update pertaining to the road ahead. It's clear that much of this has been spurred on by player reactions in recent weeks, the biggest result of which will be less content getting gated off by the Eververse, Destiny 2's post-game shop that's all about loot boxes and real-world money.
In the update, Bungie states that the "scales are tipped too far towards Tess at the moment," referring to the NPC who runs the Eververse shop. Bungie claims the shop was never intended to be a substitute for end game content and rewards but, when that's the only place you can go to get certain content and rewards, we're not entirely sure how that math works out. But, rather than bust their chops further, here's a quick rundown of the three fixes that are being implemented in the upcoming season.
For starters, Bungie is shifting the balance in Destiny 2 so that rewards favor activities over Bright Engrams. Bright Engrams are the rewards you get for leveling up in Destiny 2 and grant you things like shaders, weapon ornaments, sparrows, Ghost Shells and ships. Those items are pretty much only available through Bright Engrams, but now they'll be added to the standard reward pool as well.
Bungie has also stated they will be giving players more direct purchase options and making adjustments to Bright Engrams so that players are more likely to get the items they actually want. We're not sure if those "direct purchase options" mean ways of spending real-world money on specific items (bad idea), or simply more ways to buy things you want with various in-game currencies (good idea). Also, that second part of the planned action makes us wonder if you'll be able to spend Bright Engrams on certain pools of content. So, like, if you really want content from the first DLC, you can spend a Bright Engram in the Curse of Osiris pool rather than the Dawning pool. Hard to tell without specifics.
The third note is that gameplay paths will be set up to earn Bright Engrams, which makes us wonder if there will no longer be rewards for leveling up. In other words, if you don't want to bother with ever seeing the Eververse again, you don't have to do the activities that reward those Engrams.
If you're still running weekly events in Destiny 2 and want to know about what other changes are inbound, I'd recommend giving that full update a gander. It really does look like the developer is trying to respond in a positive way to feedback, which will hopefully make for a better game overall.