One aspect of it being a straightforward service game is that as you continually add things, at some point, you make some of the previous items inaccessible. Even if Destiny did it on a grand scale with the content vault, it also did it on a smaller scale with some amount of loot and cosmetics. Now, that changes as of Lightfall.
Destiny 2 just released a New economic article It explains in detail all the ways FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) is being fought by giving back ways for new or fallen players to get old, previously inaccessible stuff. This is what it looks like:
- Ada-1, which no longer sells mods, is still leaning on its new role as fashion salesman by selling 3 shaders per week from a pool of 46 old shaders, roughly the majority of them coming from Year 1 of Destiny 2, many from vaulted locations like Mercury Mars, Io and Titan. And the old faction also darkens. You can see the full list here.
- Zavala, Shaxx, Drifter, Saint, and Saladin will allow players to focus on ancient armor sets. These wouldn’t really be wearable, as they shouldn’t be high-level (well, IB and Trials armor might be), but mostly for costume, as having one copy will unlock them for potential casting.
- Saint and Saladin will allow you to focus on the legacy of ancient trials and Iron Banner weapons that have come out of the current loot circulation.
- Zavala will allow players to focus on Legacy Nightfall weapons in addition to existing NF spin weapons, which will also provide dexterity focus.
The idea of all of these is that if you have Start If you have acquired a piece of gear before, the cost will be much higher than if you had already obtained the item. So there will be some amount of investment to unlock the old items, but after that, the costs will come down a lot.
The general idea here is that this is just the beginning of the new system, and more will be added to it over time. I remember Bungie having said previously that there will be ways to get older seasonal gear eventually, and I wonder if it will be integrated into this system in the future. The same may be true for Old World drops that have come out of the current group.
The point is, Bungie is trying to find ways for players to get back into the game and not feel like there are piles and piles of loot and cosmetics that they missed out on because the game wasn’t picked up five years ago.
It seems unlikely that some things will return. I don’t expect the raid shield to appear on one of these systems unless the raid itself is re-implemented, and that would still be a “must be there” command. Although I think Bungie has realized that “you had to be there” has become more of a meme and less of a selling point for the game, which is why this new system is being implemented in the first place.
I have a few requests, and they are one above all others. While Saladin will let us focus on all the past five sets of Iron Banner armor, we still don’t have a way to get old Iron Banner decorations for some of the early armor sets, something I missed because I wasn’t into Iron Banner grinding back then like I am now (see Shader my chainmail).
But yeah, this is definitely a positive step forward. We look forward to seeing how this system expands in time.
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