Bungie just announced via its news page on Bungie.net that Microtransactions will be coming to Destiny in the form of the Eververse Trading Company.
These microtransactions will be available through a new currency called Silver. This new feature will launch next Tuesday, October 13th. The NPC shopkeeper Tess Everis, will return to the Tower space sporting apparently a new look and a whole new shop. Fingers crossed it is behind the large door next to the speaker..
Silver will be bought using real money through the online marketplace of whatever system you are playing Destiny on. Pricing and details have not been announced, so it looks like we will find out when it goes live next Tuesday.
So far it seems it will be used to acquire new emotes and skins. 18 emotes are scheduled to hit the storefront on day one, with more to be added at a later date. It is unclear if the skins will apply to just speeders or if our ships will take the skin as well.
If microtransactions arn’t your bag then don’t buy them, these items are optional and Bungie will give you some free Silver to purchase an “Emote or two..”, so at least you can pick the ones you want for no charge. These items will serve no purpose other than being entirely cosmetic towards your character, and letting them get sweet new dance moves.
Bungie ended with the following:
“Our plan is to use these new items to bolster the service provided by our live team for another full year, as they grow and create more robust and engaging events that we’ll announce later this year. It has been, and continues to be, our goal to deliver updates to the game. Going forward, our live team is also looking to grow beyond vital updates and improvements to focus on world events, experiences, and feature requests.”
I seriously have no problem with this, as long as they understand that a pay to win approach to microtransactions is not good for Destiny. Diablo’s Auction house was a horrible idea and Blizzard learned never to do it again. If Bungie and Activision keep the microtransactions only to cosmetic items then we should be just fine.