Over the past few seasons, Bungie has made numerous changes to the Eververse store and Bright Engram system in order to better reward Destiny 2 players for their time. In Season 7: Season of Opulence, the developers are further tweaking the store and the way in which players can acquire Eververse items, while borrowing some ideas from games like Fortnite and Anthem.
The biggest change for Destiny 2 in Season 7 is that players will be able to buy every new Eververse item directly using Silver or Bright Dust. It doesn’t sound like everything will be available all at once, though, with some items rotating in and out on a weekly basis.
Additionally, some items will apparently be locked to Silver purchases while others will be in the Bright Dust category. So while players can buy everything directly, they may need to use microtransactions to acquire them.
Instead of a selection of new cosmetics, Season 7’s Bright Engram will feature a collection of fan favorites from Destiny 2 Year 1. Bungie calls out things like the Selfie emote in its blog post, but it’s unclear how the developer is handling duplicates.
Armor will be sold in a class-specific bundle this time around, so players can acquire the full set in one purchase. These armor pieces will now have fixed perks as well, making it so players don’t have to continuously acquire them in order to get better perks.
And finally, the interface in Season 7 of Destiny 2 will be much cleaner and easier to navigate. No doubt it draws inspiration from Fortnite’s and even Anthem’s storefronts, with categories that differentiate all of the various offerings available that week.
Obviously, everything will be made clear once Season of Opulence launches on June 4th, but there are some questions left unanswered by Bungie’s initial reveal. First and foremost, it’s not clear if players will be able to acquire new Eververse items outside of purchasing them using Bright Dust or Silver. If the Bright Engram is a “Best of Year One” selection, is the goal for players to dismantle items they already have and then use that Bright Dust to buy new items? Also, will there be items that are only available with a Silver purchase, or does everything carry the option of Bright Dust?
When Bungie split off from Activision and took the rights to the Destiny franchise, there were a lot of players wondering how this would impact Eververse and microtransactions moving forward. This could be our first glimpse of how the developer intends to leverage its cosmetics to have players spend money for the items they want.
Destiny 2: Season of Opulence starts June 4, 2019 for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.