Bungie Responds to Destiny Microtransaction Concerns

Bungie Responds to Destiny Microtransaction Concerns

Bungie has responded to concerns that they could add microtransactions to Destiny for consumables that increase item drop rates from the King's Fall raid, by saying that this is something they aren't planning.

This week, Bungie opened Destiny's microtransaction store, allowing players to buy a currency called Silver that can be used to purchase new emotes and dance moves, including the "Enthusiastic Dance", better known as The Carlton. These are purely cosmetic, but people datamining the update found details for consumable items that go beyond that, including a level booster, an item that instantly unlocks any subclass, and consumables that increase raid drop rates and experience from certain enemies.

Since that rumour broke, Bungie's Luke Smith has responded by saying on Twitter that "We aren't (nor are we planning) on selling consumables that buff King's Fall drop rates for Silver." He went into more detail on NeoGAF, explaining that the items increasing King's Fall drop rates were never designed to be purchased with Silver, but rather would be sold by the Speaker for Motes and Planetary Materials. Ultimately, though, these items were scrapped for "bug-related reasons".

Smith hasn't addressed the other items found in the patch data, which some are taking as confirmation that they will be added at a later date. It's worth noting that such items are not unusual in massively multiplayer online games, both free- and pay-to-play.

Since introducing the microtransaction store, Bungie have gifted all players 400 Silver - enough to buy two "rare"-level emotes, but not quite enough for The Carlton - so they can try out the store.



 

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Comments Comments (8)

 
Posted by Romulus
On Thursday 15 Oct 2015 2:31 PM
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I would not even be surprised if this was introduced. They really try to squeeze every dollar out of you.
 
 
 
Posted by Ubercuber
On Thursday 15 Oct 2015 3:08 PM
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I don't know why they thought no one would question them. Most developers just dip their toe in the water with 'cosmetic microtransactions' before throwing their whole lardy body into the pool with horrible crap and will come out with some excuse that it will fund something something.
 
 
 
Posted by Coddfish
On Thursday 15 Oct 2015 3:14 PM
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Next up: a fee-based service that lets you use matchmaking for raids.

"Well, uhh, we wanted to add matchmaking but needed to filter out the people who aren't serious and committed enough. Yes, that's it, that's what we've done here."
 
 
 
Posted by jtbthatsme
On Thursday 15 Oct 2015 3:33 PM
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No way the $200+ game has microtransactions??? Who'd have thought that Bungie was planning to introduce yet another way to gouge those still playing the game.... As if the lacklustre season pass followed by The Taken our money for something that should have been in the season pass or the game from the start King wasn't enough.
 
 
 
Posted by ThatUndeadLegacy
On Thursday 15 Oct 2015 5:43 PM
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people still play? lol
 
 
 
Posted by birdman
On Friday 16 Oct 2015 10:36 AM
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15 October 2015, 05:43 PM Reply to ThatUndeadLegacy
people still play? lol
Only something like 20+ million registered players worldwide, no big deal I suppose... lol
 
 
 
Posted by ThatUndeadLegacy
On Friday 16 Oct 2015 3:43 PM
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16 October 2015, 10:36 AM Reply to birdman
Only something like 20+ million registered players worldwide, no big deal I suppose... lol
well i guess some people force themselves to get the moneys worth out of the game
 
 
 
Posted by SpawnSeekSlay
On Monday 19 Oct 2015 12:43 PM
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16 October 2015, 03:43 PM Reply to ThatUndeadLegacy
well i guess some people force themselves to get the moneys worth out of the game
git gud and get some friends and it makes for a pretty good time. Especially how the game has evolved with the Taken King, looks alot more promising for future. It was certainly a love/hate relationship of a game, and its only because I met some pretty cool NZG peeps playing it that Ive enjoyed playing it more because of them.