Destination 2 is the newest game to leave paid loot boxes, with director Luke Smith in one new “Director’s Cut” status of the game update that “we want players to know what something costs before they buy it.”
The change means that the randomized “Bright Engram” items will be removed from the Eververse Store in the game. Players can still buy paid cosmetic items in two ways: by buying an item directly or by buying it Fortnite-style season pass and unlock there. (Although some items are only available for direct purchase.) The difference is that you now know exactly what you are buying and how much it costs in advance Destination 2, instead of throwing the dice to get the cosmetic item you want.
The randomized ‘Bright Engram’ loot boxes remain in play, but they are exclusively available for free for players to earn through the free play portion of the season pass; players can no longer spend real money on it.
Players can still buy items in the Eververse Store with a free in-game currency Bright Dust, if they want a premium item without having to pay the money. (Of course Bungie is not to Generous when it comes to distributing the free resource, since players want them to pay for things. The pool of Bright Dust articles also only contains older cosmetics from previous seasons.)
The step away from loot boxes Destination 2 reflects the changes in the game (and the general industry) that we have seen in recent months. Bungie announced that last year Destination 2 would shift to a free-to-play title, with season passes that players can purchase at the start of a season with $ 10 content to unlock items and cosmetics as they rise over time. It is a strategy developed by the hugely popular Fortnite, which runs entirely on a similar system of paid cosmetics and a battle pass.
The gaming industry has generally seen a huge setback in the past year against randomized loot boxes; there is now legislation that would prohibit the sale of the items to minors, and Nintendo, Sony and Microsoft have all promised to disclose the chances of getting items from loot boxes in future titles. Developers Activision Blizzard, Bandai Namco, Bethesda, Bungie, EA, Take-Two Interactive, Ubisoft, Warner Bros. and Wizards of the Coast have also made similar commitments.