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Destiny 2's Microtransactions Are Getting A Major Overhaul

There's a big shift coming in the way Destiny 2 handles the microtransactions found in its Eververse store, according to a recent blog post by Bungie's Luke Smith.

According to Smith, "It stinks to go to the Eververse store and see an item that looks cool and then seeing that the item has bad perks on it." This is fairly accurate. We've stated in the past how strange it is for the Eververse store to be selling armor at all, and it now appears Bungie also feels the practice should be done away with.

So what's the fix? Ornaments.

"As of this September," Smith said, "all Eververse armor is being converted into Universal Ornaments. These Universal Ornaments can be applied to all of the Legendary armor sets we're releasing this Fall. They override the look of your equipped gear while preserving the perks, mods, and stats of the original item."

And this will apply retroactively to past Eververse armor pieces, as well. So if you have some Eververse armor pieces from a past season, it'll automatically be turned into a Universal Ornament without you having to lift a finger. Nice.

Now, there is an even bigger change coming to the Eververse store than the one mentioned above, and it has to do with the way you obtain Bright Dust. Bright Dust is one of two currencies for the Eververse store (the other being Silver), and up to this point, it's only been acquired by completing Tess Everis bounties or by dismantling Eververse gear. This fall, that will no longer be the case.

"We're adding Bright Dust as a reward for completing Vanguard, Crucible, and Gambit Bounties," said Smith. "We want all players to earn Dust for playing, not for spending money and destroying a bunch of items in their inventory."

And as for re-acquiring that gear later?

"It's also been pretty uncool to go to the Collection screen and spend Bright Dust to get shaders or Ghost Shells or whatever," Smith added. "We're going to fix that too. Beginning September 17, Eververse items in your Collections will cost Glimmer and Legendary Shards."

These are, quite honestly, very good changes. They'll make obtaining Bright Dust more difficult in the future, but they also won't penalize you for dismantling Bright Dust gear that you want to pick up again from Collections later. And it's worth nothing that these changes won't take effect until this fall, which leads to a final tip from Smith.

"Everything must go — dismantle the extra stuff you have in your inventory, build up a huge amount of Bright Dust, and spend it on sweet stuff as it rolls through the Eververse store — because on September 17, everything changes," Smith said.

If you have a heap of Eververse gear you're not wearing, dismantling it immediately is your best bet. You'll have Bright Dust for the new season, and a whole lot of empty vault space. And everyone could use both.

Destiny 2's Shadowkeep expansion, and the Eververse changes detailed above, arrive on Sept. 17.