Published: Mon, September 11, 2017
Tech | By Dwayne Harmon

Destiny 2: How to Unlock Prestige Difficulty

Destiny 2: How to Unlock Prestige Difficulty

"In-game Destiny 2 Clan Features will be unavailable for the first several days after launch". You could call it ShaderGate.

This dispute has fans of the game accusing the developer Bungie of overstepping their boundaries and giving in to corporate greed. Finally after deleting the game and reinstalling it I finally got out of the room and to the part where you have to defend from 3 attacks. Like early news about the game itself, Activision and Bungie are keeping details about it quiet until the right moment.

Bungie could and should patch in an update to Destiny 2 to fix the shader system. It leans even more into feelings of hording or not caring at all. And Destiny 2 is a great game - a significant leap over its predecessor with plenty more to come - but let's hope Bungie gets this sorted sooner than later. In the first Destiny, these items could be used infinitely and applied only to an entire armor set. This boost in performance would've taken its already satisfying gameplay to the next level. In that game, shaders have unlimited uses and can be applied to nearly any piece of armor or clothing. Every class of gun feels different and each type of guardian (the tank-minded Titan, evasive Hunter, and magic-wielding Warlock) has a unique play style and flow. Check back with Glixel in one week to find out!

The idea of microtransactions - the video game industry equivalent of an in-app purchases - is a divisive topic. There is a level of visual polish here that you just don't see in some other games. Other popular service-style games, like World of Warcraftor Final Fantasy XIV, have monthly subscription fees that justify the existence of a microtransaction system.

That is, you pay Bungie for the mysterious contents of a box, and may or may not get what you want out of it. Effectively, the free content releases keep most fan concerns at bay. I'm a year 1 veteran Destiny player, and I absolutely love Destiny 2 so far.

All of that said, an issue like this affects only the game's most serious players - the kind of person who's spending hundreds of thousands of hours playing "Destiny". More importantly, its fresh slate gives players a chance to go back to the drawing board, and to reimagine their ideal space superhero. Cosmetic items or not, players shouldn't have to fork over more money.

It's unclear if or when Bungie might change this. It leads to frustration, poor sportsmanship and not wanting to play the game. "Customization will inspire gameplay". As hard as shaders are to find (and as wide a variety of shaders as there are to collect), you might spend the rest of 2017 hunting for enough copies of the same shader to make a consistent palette for your Guardian. The shader controversy is dominating discussion in the Destiny community, despite the fact that it exclusively involves cosmetics, because few things piss people off like games changing for the sake of microtransactions.

It's odd to consider a a studio as established as Bungie to be going through growing pains, but for a big-budget video game, Destiny still feels remarkably like an ongoing experiment.

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