Destiny 2 will once again have vendors exclusive to different player factions, but they won’t have firearms for sale like in the previous game.
In an interview with IGN, senior gameplay designer Jon Weisnewski explained that faction-specific weapons can still be acquired from the vendors, but they will be randomly unlocked from vendor packages earned through faction progression, rather than purchased from a selection.
“There has been some changes to how the vendors work,” Weisnewski said. “Predominantly, you’re going to be looking to engrams that drop and leveling up reputation with different vendors to get packages to find weapons.… The faction vendors are there, and there will be a set of Dead Orbit weapons, a set of New Monarchy weapons, a set of Future War Cult weapons.”
The game will apparently have more of a focus on weapon collection out in the open-world, as opposed to players filling out the exact needs of their arsenal with an easy purchase. There will certainly be other ways of picking up sweet gear apart from randomly finding it in drops, such as the sequel’s new weekly events called Flashpoints.
Destiny 2 launches September 6th on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, with a PC release set for October 24th. The game’s public beta is slated to drop for consoles in July and PC in August.