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Bungie Is Adding New, Less Random Loot Boxes To Destiny 2
As part of its Season 3 update hitting next week, Bungie will be making it slightly easier for players to get the dances, ghosts, and ships they want.
In its latest This Week At Bungie Update, the company detailed a new kind of loot box system it's introducing in Season 3: the Prismatic Matrix. The Prismatic Matrix will feature 10 items every week, but will not drop duplicate items, meaning players who have ten Matrices in a given week will acquire every reward for the week. Items dropped from Bright Engrams (which players earn from leveling up) or bought with Bright Dust (the currency gained from dismantling vanity items) also count against the duplicate counter, making Matrices among the last rewards players will want to gain during a given week to guarantee the highest change of earning a new item.
In order to receive a reward from the Matrix, players will need a Prismatic Facet, which they will earn once per week after their first level-up. They can then buy additional Facets for 200 silver (the real-money equivalent). "We want to continue experimenting and evolving Eververse to improve player experience, and give more paths to earn Eververse rewards," Bungie said in its blog post.
This is part of a longer effort from Bungie to reduce to overall randomness in rewards players earn in Destiny 2. In January, it made vanity rewards a part of regular player activities, making the path to getting feel earned rather than simply gotten.
Warmind and Season 3 also bring a number of other changes, including a higher, harder-to-reach power cap. Later this fall we can expect the next major expansion, which will add a mode Activision claims is new to first-person shooters.
[Source: This Week At Bungie]
While this is technically a better reward system than simply hoping you get the item you want in a Bright Engram, it's unfortunate that it looks as though you can only earn one of them per week and have to buy the rest. It still curbs spending quite a bit, though, so if I ever see an item I just have to have, at least I won't have throw too much money away trying to get it.