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Destiny 2 - Xur's Inventory for this week


You can find Xur in the Tower hanger with the following items in stock:

  • Tractor Cannon, exotic shotgun: 29 Legendary Shards
  • Knucklehead Radar, Hunter helmet: 23 Legendary Shards
  • Actium War Rig, Titan chest: 23 Legendary Shards
  • Transversive Steps, Warlock boots: 23 Legendary Shards
  • Fated Engram: 97 Legendary Shards
  • Three of Coins: 31 Legendary Shards

Lgndary Thoughts - A Problem Of Economic Proportions


Happy Friday everyone! I apologize for the lack of posts over the past few days. It was certainly a little busier this week, especially for Nintendo fans, but it still hasn’t picked up like I thought it would. Hopefully soon though!

For this week, I would like about Destiny 2, and the difficultly in pricing video games today. It is something that I have talked about before, but I wanted to go into a little bit more detail. Welcome to Lgndary Thoughts!

For those that don’t know, Destiny 2 has been under a tremendous amount of heat since it launched last year. One of the biggest changes over the first game that has fans in uproar is Bungie’s new approach to micro transactions. When the first Destiny launched, it didn’t feature MTX at all. This changed with the Eververse store, which got a lot of hate in the beginning, but most fans cooled off when they learned the store would be cosmetic only.

But all of this changed with Destiny 2, and we recently found out it was no accident. According to Jason Schreier over at Kotaku, Bungie made a clear and deliberate decision to move away from releasing expansion packs as often as they used to, and try to make up the money from micro transactions.

And as someone who enjoyed the first Destiny a lot, I hate that this is what they did with the sequel. And while Destiny 2 suffers from more than a micro transaction problem, they are perhaps the most significant stain on what should be the top of its genre.

But having said all that, I have to admit that I understand the difficulty in making decisions like these. $60 was worth about $20 more 15 years ago than it is today. That may not sound like much, but essentially developers are making 25% less for each game sold than they were in 2003. Meanwhile, the cost of video game development has only gone up. In 2003, we were playing games on the Playstation 2. Think of all the improvements that have been made in graphical fidelity in that amount of time. And on top of it all, Destiny, like many other games, take place solely in an online environment. Adding yet another cost.

So where does a developer make up that money? Not just so that they can keep pushing profits higher and higher, but so that they can just make what they would have in years past. There are, of course, several options (a monthly fee, micro transactions, etc), but I don’t think fans would be very happy no matter what they did. I almost think that they best solution is to simply raise the base price of a game by a small amount. But like I said, I’m sure a lot of people would disagree with that approach.

At the end of the day however, a line of thinking like this is mostly only true for smaller developers. Yes, Destiny 2 was an incredibly expensive game to make, and I’m sure it costs a lot of money to run the servers that customers play on. But it also made an insane amount of money, and I honestly think that even more people would buy it, and the expansion packs if it didn’t target players with horrible micro transactions at every turn. Just look at Splatoon 2. A game where Nintendo is constantly adding new maps, weapons, and clothing items every single month, for free.

I understand that it is a business, and that developers and publishers should work to make as much money as they can. But the route that many of those developers are going will only serve to destroy the industry, instead of growing it.

Destiny 2 - Xur's Inventory For This Week


You can find Xur in the EDZ with the following items in stock:

  • The Stag [Exotic Warlock Helmet] – 23 LS
  • The Colony [Exotic Grenade Launcher] – 29 LS
  • Shinobu’s Vow [Exotic Hunter Gauntlets] – 23 LS
  • Mk. 44 Stand Asides [Exotic Titan Leg Armor] – 23 LS
  • Fated Engram – 97 LS
  • Three of Coins – 31 LS

Destiny 2 - Development Update


Bungie has released another development update for Destiny 2 detailing upcoming changes they have planned for the game. I've listed all of their plans below, but keep in mind they they have said the timing for these changes can change. Enjoy!

Eververse:

  • We’re shifting the balance of new content in favor of activity rewards over Bright Engrams. This includes adding Ghosts, Sparrows, and ships (to date found only in Bright Engrams) to achievement reward pools.
  • We'll provide a gameplay path to earn Bright Engrams and all contained rewards (including Event Engrams).
  • We’ll give players more direct purchase options and make adjustments to Bright Engrams to allow players to get the items they want more often.

Crimson Days Event:

  • Completing Nightfall, Raid, and Crimson Days milestones during Crimson Days will reward you an exclusive Legendary Emote, Weapon Skin, and Exotic Sparrow, respectively.
  • Players will earn double engrams at level-up: one Crimson Engram and one Illuminated Engram for the duration of the event.
  • Crimson Engrams can also drop from completing the Crimson Days match and from completing the Crimson Days milestone on each character.
  • Each Crimson Engram is very strongly weighted to new rewards when decrypted until all new event items have been obtained.   

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Destiny 2 - Xur's Inventory For This Week


You can find Xur on Titan near the Rig landing zone with the following items in stock:

  • Riskrunner, submachine gun: 29 Legendary Shards
  • Lucky Pants, Hunter pants: 23 Legendary Shards
  • Doom Fang Pauldron, Titan arms: 23 Legendary Shards
  • Wings of Sacred Dawn, Warlock chest: 23 Legendary Shards
  • Fated Engram: 97 Legendary Shards
  • Three of Coins: 31 Legendary Shards

Destiny 2 - Xur's Inventory for this week


You can find Xur in the Tower Hanger with the following items in stock:

  • DARCI, sniper rifle: 29 Legendary Shards
  • Celestial Nighthawk, Hunter helmet: 23 Legendary Shards
  • Hallowfire Heart, Titan chest: 23 Legendary Shards
  • Eye of another World, Warlock helmet: 23 Legendary Shards
  • Fated Engram: 97 Legendary Shards
  • Three of Coins: 31 Legendary Shards

Destiny 2 - The Dawning Event Detailed


Bungie has detailed the upcoming Destiny 2 event The Dawning, which is the holiday event for this year. From December 19th to January 9th, players will find certain areas covered in snow, which will allow snowball fights to take place. 

In addition to snowball fights, players will be able to earn Dawning Engrams that can be turned into special rewards.

Take a look at a few screenshots here: