Some news around the internet about Bungie selling Destiny ammo packs for real money has been spreading like wildfire and Destiny fans don't like it a bit.
Although it is not known yet when the feature will be added to the online shooter.
While it was reaffirmed today, the rumour has existed since early last year alongside claims that no raid would be included in House of Wolves and micro-transactions would be added to Destiny. Both these updates proved to be correct.
Micro-transactions first appeared in Destiny in October, 2015, when players were given the option to buy a new currency, Silver, with real money. Currently, the only pieces of content available for purchase are emotes and Sparrow items from Eververse, a vendor in Destiny’s Tower social hub.
The sale of ammo packs will mark a significant step forward for Bungie and Activision’s approach to Destiny’s micro-transactions, as it will have a direct, if limited, effect on gameplay.
You’ll soon be able to spend your Silver on purple synths, apparently.
The most sought after ammo pack by far is Heavy Ammo Synthesis, as Heavy is essential for high-level PvE activities such as raiding. There are currently only three ways to acquire Heavy packs: you can buy them from the Tower gunsmith, Banshee-44, for 950 Glimmer, Destiny’s “free” in-game currency; exotic vendor Xur sells packs of three for one Strange Coin; and Variks, the Reef’s Prison of Elders handler, sells them for 250 Glimmer and a pack of Ether Seeds.
Obviously, play is the only way to build up enough resources to afford the packs at the moment, so adding this specific micro-transaction will circumnavigate the need to spend time in-game to raid.
It’s unknown how much the packs will cost. The current cost of Silver is thus:
- 500 Silver – $4.99/£3.99/€4.99
- 1000 Silver (+100 bonus Silver) – $9.99/£7.99/€9.99
- 2000 Silver (+300 bonus Silver) – $19.99/£15.99/€19.99
- 5,000 Silver (+800 Silver) – $49.99/£39.99/€49.99
The prospect of being able to pay for ammo with real money is unlikely to sit well with much of the Destiny community, which is currently up in arms about a final admission that PvP matchmaking was switched to a skill-based system with The Taken King last September.
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Update: Bungie has responded to Destructoid that they will not be adding paid ammo drops into the game. But again, it has stated it wouldn't add non-cosmetic premium elements before, and then added level and class boosts in during the dead of night.