New Exotic Emote Causing Controversy
A new emote that’s available for a limited time from the Eververse Store is causing some outcry from fans because it’s both expensive, and only available through spending real world money.
Right now you can by the Iron Emote Bundle from Tess Everis in the Tower, which will net you a Fireteam Medallion, Gleaming Boon of the Crucible, and an Iron Lord Exotic Emote. This last item is the one the community feels is unfair because it’s an exotic Emote, admittedly it is pretty awesome, that’s only available through microtransaction purchase. Bungie have come out and told Guardians that they’re unable to get this Emote through anything else other than buying it, and that’s totally different to the way all other loot works in Destiny 2.
The package costs 1100 Silver, around $10 in actual money, and since you can’t get the emote anywhere else that effectively makes it a $10 emote. This is the reason that the Destiny 2 community is freaking out right now, because Bungie have done so much work to win back their trust after doing just this before, and now they’ve gone right back and done it again.
Now it’s understandable that live events such as Faction Rallies and the Iron Banner should have exclusive emotes, weapons, armour, and all kinds of items that can’t be earned anywhere else. But the paid-for only content situation was a definite problem in Destiny 2 a few months ago, and now it looks as though the situation could arise again.
Season 3 in Destiny 2 is meant to be a big deal. So far Warmind has been a fantastic DLC, and it’s only going to get better as time goes on if Bungie pour as much effort into it as they’ve been doing so far. But Season 3 is also bringing with it a number of other changes that are set to improve Destiny 2 as a whole, though if this emote is anything to go by it might not all be good.
Here’s the thing though; Fortnite asks players to spend a similar amount in exchange for cosmetic items and additional progress in the ranks. Games such as Rainbow Six: Siege offer players the chance to unlock Operators early for a single cost. Comparatively it isn’t so bad for Bungie to be charging for a one-off live event package. The only reason it would become a major issue is if there was a new package for each live event.
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May 23, 2018 at 9:50 pm
If you don’t want to spend $10 on cosmetics for a game then don’t reach for your CC. They do these things because it is profitable. Don’t buy it and they won’t continue the practice. Pretty simple, really.
May 24, 2018 at 5:17 pm
Who cares? Emotes do not affect gameplay nor progression. While I would prefer all things be available via playing a game. I am not going to cry about a developer pay-walling some choice cosmetic content.
Bungie is a FOR PROFIT organization. Destiny isn’t a charity.