Destiny 2 is in line for a substantial reboot later this year on the Shadowkeep release date, and it’ll be our first chance to see what Bungie has in mind now that it’s taken the series independent. The ever-controversial Eververse store will still be a part of it, but exactly how much does a studio like Bungie rely on microtransactions for funding?
“As some folks have smartly pointed out, MTX is a big part of our business being a live game,” director Luke Smith says in a lengthy breakdown of the state of Destiny 2. “I’m not going to say ‘MTX funds the studio’ or ‘pays for projects like Shadowkeep’ – it doesn’t wholly fund either of those things. But it does help fund ongoing development of Destiny 2, and allows us to fund creative efforts we otherwise couldn’t afford.
“For example: Whisper of the Worm’s ornaments were successful enough that it paid [dev cost-wise] for the Zero Hour mission/rewards to be constructed (this shit matters!).”