Destiny 2’s Curse of Osiris DLC confirmed, Bungie responds to shader controversy

Yesterday, we touched on the controversy brewing in Destiny 2, where Bungie has begun selling one-use consumables dubbed shaders (akin to dyes) – items that were free in the original game. Now the studio’s responded to the criticism.

“Shaders are earned through gameplay: leveling, chests, engrams, vendors. We expect you’ll be flush w/ Shaders as you continue to play,” Bungie’s Luke Smith tweeted. “When you reach level 20, Shaders will drop more often: vendor rewards, destination play and endgame activities. Shaders are now an ongoing reward for playing. Customization will inspire gameplay. Each planet has unique armor and Shader rewards. With D2, we want statements like ‘I want to run the Raid, Trials, or go back to Titan to get more of its Shader’ to be possible.”

There are worse responses, I suppose. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

What else is going on in the world of Destiny since its launch? Oh, nothing much. Just a patch for the promised clan progression features and confirmation that the first DLC will indeed bear the “Curse of Osiris” title — that last last bit thanks to the Xbox Store:

Destiny 2 Expansion I: Curse of Osiris continues your Guardian’s journey with all-new story missions and adventures set in a new destination, Mercury. Journey through time and space to learn the secrets of Osiris, avert a dark future, and rebuild the ties between the legendary Warlock and his greatest student – Ikora Rey. Features: Explore Mercury and its mysterious “Infinite Forest”; new story missions and adventures; new themed weapons, armor, and gear to earn; new cooperative activities; new competitive multiplayer arenas; and more.”

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Source: Twitter via VG247, Xbox
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zeko_rena

I would never bother to run an entire raid just for some fucking shaders lol

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shear

Ì can kind of understand the reasoning. Gives content some more replayability.

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Estranged

Eh? This game series has always been BTP with a tiny cash shop. No PTW.

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Loopy

I don’t understand the controversy..

First game it had it for free, this is a new game. The shaders are still obtainable in-game, so there are no issues. I swear, there’s gotta be drama for every single minor thing…

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Jack Pipsam

Yes this is a new game, but new games should add things, not remove old features and place a worse version behind a paywall.

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DrSteinman

Infinite Forest?

Sounds like a Diablo rift or PoE map style mode in the making.

I’m down.

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Utakata

…as long as the pink Shaders are not exclusive to the cash shop, I’m not going to complain. <3

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Makhiel

Well I don’t have a horse in the race yet but how and why do they have an expansion “ready” a few days after launch?

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Sray

The turn around time on MMO content is generally six to nine months from concept to completion. This means that every MMO that has every launched new content in less than six months from launch has has that new content in some stage completion before launch. So the fact that they’ve got a big content drop for December developed enough to where they’re confident on announcing features isn’t some evil plan, it’s actually smart MMO development.

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Makhiel

I’m not saying it’s some evil plan but in my experience the first expansion gets dropped in like two years from launch. I’m kinda worried about how much content there is if they expect players to be ready for a new expansion in a few months. Or is this more like the Book updates from LotRo?

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Sray

What they’re calling an expansion is more of a really big DLC pack. There’s no sub with Destiny 2 of course, and the microtransaction aren’t heavily pushed like in a F2P game, so there will not be a lot of “free” updates like you see in more traditional MMOs. Don’t be surprised if the second “expansion” is available by next summer, with a “season 2” expansion pass available next fall for 2 more expansions.

Plus Destiny seems to be built on model of replacing the base game every 3 to 4 years, so you can expect that the content will roll out rather quickly, followed by a content drought, followed by new game. If that doesn’t work for you, perfectly understandable, then this might be a franchise for you to skip.

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Greaterdivinity

From the friends I have playing right now, these engrams/whatevers drop pretty damn often. None of them feel remotely pressured into spending on more, they’re sitting on multiples of a variety of different color schemes and they’ve barely been playing a few days.

Very much seems like the usual mountain out of a molehill issue.

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ihatevnecks

Yep. By the time I hit level 20 on my first character, before even finishing the story, I had nearly two dozen different shader types and around 3-4 quantity (sometimes 10+) of each one.

My only problem really is having spend 15K glimmer to put a shader on ships, and close to that on sparrows. IMO if you’re going to make shaders be a consumable, don’t add a charge to use them on top of that.

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starbuck1771

Think of it as painting your house. It isn’t cheap. 15k glimmer is a drop in the barrel. :P

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Iain B

I was watching Skill-Up’s stream and he was already glimmer capped (99,999) before he even level or light capped so I’m not sure 15k is too much of a problem.

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ihatevnecks

He also wasn’t blowing all of his glimmer on converting blue mods to legendary ones either :) I’m not saying it’s hard to get there, just that it’s stupid to add such a cost to something that’s already costing us.

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MeltWithYou

This is kind of like the no flying plan originally in WoD a while back…if bungie thinks this problem is just going to go away, it won’t

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gortomo

I saw D2 and wondered what Diablo II had to do with anything in Destiny. I think they’ll have a hard time claiming that abbreviation. Nice try though.

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Pepperzine

Same happened to me haha I was very confused for a second

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Greaterdivinity

Yeah, D2 is forever Diablo II for me. This is going to be a real interesting few years with a lot of confusion -_-

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Scratches

D2 is a mediocre-ish game on the Dreamcast… Diablo 2 is Diablo 2..

Likewise, Destiny 2 is Destiny 2. When it’s officially marketed as “D2” (which it never will be) then I’ll gladly refer to it as D2….

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Iain B

Except that no one is talking about Diablo 2 in any news.

As someone who played a ton of Diablo 2 I have no issues calling Destiny 2 “D2” or getting confused with another game that is ~15 years old.