The Destiny community has been looking forward to this week, as Bungie announced it would debut the special timed PvP events Iron Banner and Trials of Osiris, updated for Year Two, as well as cosmetic microtransactions and the latest game patch. Destiny was taken offline for maintenance for about two hours this morning, but when it came back online shortly after 11 a.m. Pacific Time, the game was updated with Iron Banner, the Eververse Trading Company, and the substantial Patch 2.0.1.
The biggest (and most controversial change) to the game is the addition of microtransactions, by way of returning Tower vendor Tess Everis and her new Eververse Trading Company. With it, players can purchase emotes for their characters, using a new in-game currency called Silver.
Bungie has given every player 400 Silver, which is enough to buy two Rare-quality emotes. If players want anything beyond that they’ll need to purchase more Silver through their console’s online store. The Enthusiastic Dance (dubbed the Carlton Dance after its obvious nod to The Fresh Prince of Bel Air character’s signature moves) and the Slow Clap are both Legendary emotes, and will set players back 500 Silver (or $5 on the US PlayStation and Xbox stores).
In addition to Silver, another new currency has been added to the game, which was a complete surprise to players. It’s called Glass Needle, which will be available from Xur when he appears in the game every week. It will be used to activate the new Twist Fate feature, which is a new form ofrerolling returning to Destiny. Players will be able to spend Glimmer, Armor Materials, and a Glass Needle to reroll Stat and Upgrade nodes, but only on Year Two Exotic armor.
While Twist Fate gives players the option to get a better roll on their exotic armor, they’ll have less of an option when it comes to their favorite shotguns. Announced last week, this patch removes the overpowered perk Shot Package from shotguns and replaces it with a non-range-boosting perk.
Reaching further into players’ weapon inventory, the Black Spindle exotic sniper rifle got its Attack stat nerfed. Bungie previously said the sniper should have never dropped at 310, however this patch not only nerfs Black Spindle drops for future, but also retroactively changes the Attack level of any Black Spindle in the game. Unfortunately, even if players dismantled other high level weapons to infuse the Black Spindle up to 310, it still got nerfed down to 290.
Another notable change in Patch 2.0.1 should relieve some headaches for players. As players have noted, the Quest that unlocks the Crucible Weekly Bounties is long and arduous. Previously it had to be completed per character. Not anymore. Complete the Quest on one character, and Shaxx’s Weekly Bounties are unlocked on every other alt character.
The last change to note is to the Economy, and it’s bringing complaints from the Destiny community. It deals specifically with drop rates for Motes of Light, Strange Coins, and Weapon Parts. Motes of Light will drop more frequently from Public Events and for filling the XP bar post-Level 40, but decreased from Faction packages, dismantling items, and from bounties. Strange Coins, which are already harder to come by since they are no longer a guaranteed reward in the Weekly Heroic Strikes, have been reduced in both Faction Packages and Bounty completions. The number of Weapon Parts from dismantling weapons has also been reduced.
Overall, players are reacting positively to the new patch, especially to the addition of more emotes and the nerf to shotguns. There are plenty of other small changes added with the Patch, which are detailed in patch notes on Bungie’s blog.