In the latest “This Week at Bungie” blog, game director Christopher Barrett revealed several details regarding the future of Destiny 2. While the community was expecting a possible defense of the game’s use of the Eververse as a paywall for Bright Engrams, the post revealed what the team plans to do to change the system moving forward.
“We recognize that the scales are tipped too far towards Tess at the moment, and Eververse was never intended to be a substitute for end game content and rewards,” Bungie wrote. While the blog briefly acknowledges the unbalanced nature of the Eververse, instead of removing the in-game shop altogether, Bungie plans to make three key changes for the game’s future seasons.
One of the main gripes Guardians had with the Eververse was how it was the only surefire way to receive certain pieces of gear, notably Ghosts, Sparrows, and ships. Players could purchase Bright Engrams from shop owner Tess with Silver (which is a real money equivalent) to earn more of the items. Moving forward, all three of the gear choices will be available as activity rewards in new pools, meaning players should start seeing drops of the items in Public Events, Adventures, Crucible activities, and so on.
Players that had shelled out cash for Bright Engrams have encountered another issue: a constant stream of duplicates, making the Eververse offerings feel like stingy loot boxes. Bungie says it’s making more direct purchasing options available, giving Guardians looking for specific items the chance to get what they want without relying on the randomness of Engrams. It’ll be interesting to see how many pieces of gear will be available at one time, but players should plan to only see a handful from week to week.
As for the third decision, Bungie offers a slightly vaguer promise, stating “we’ll provide a gameplay path to earn Bright Engrams and all contained rewards (including Event Engrams).” It seems Bungie is planning to make direct paths to receive more Engrams and Eververse-specific items, but it’s unclear how that will work. Perhaps players will see new Milestones that reward the formerly Bright-only gear, or there could be new missions from Vanguards. As usual, more information will likely surface soon.
Bungie went on to detail many more changes arriving through the rest of the year, including updates to Crucible, like a ranked mode and private matches, but they are farther down the road than Eververse fixes. The soonest players might see an increase in Engrams and Bright-specific items is during the upcoming Crimson Days event, which begins February 13th. Bungie promises double Engrams at level-up, new Milestones, new rewards within Engrams, and event-specific gear.
Destiny 2 is available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.