So, to dive a little bit deeper on why I really do not like the new shader system / being able to gamble for shaders with real money.
In theory I actually really like being able to assign shaders to different pieces of gear, rather than setting one shader for your whole ensemble. It lets you mix and match, lets you be more unique. This is a really cool and good thing!!
Unfortunately by making the shaders all one use consumables, Bungie completely undermines this. As far as I can tell the UI doesn’t even let you preview your whole outfit if you are wanting to use more than one shader. It’ll let you see everything colored with one shader, but if you want to mix and match you’re gonna have to use the shaders and experiment. Hopefully it turns out good, cause if not those shaders are gone now.
Destiny is a game about acquiring ever better pieces of gear. I’m usually not sure how long I’m going to be using a particular piece of gear. Which makes it hard for me to justify using shaders on things, because if something drops in an hour that has better stats and/or looks way doper, then I just wasted a shader. Hopefully I’ve got extra of that particular kind.
Because Destiny is a loot game where the entire end game is getting better and better gear, you’re either going to have to hold off on applying that set of rare shaders you lucked into until after you’ve found the perfect set of gear that you won’t ever change away from (and futily hope that they won’t become obsolete when the next expansion hits). Or you use it on whatever you have now and then just infuse that to a higher light. Hope nothing that looks cooler / has better perks drops for you.
This is all exacerbated by the fact that you can gamble for rare shaders with real money. Spending money on this stuff isn’t ever going to tempt me personally, but it might some. At the end of the day this is FAR from the most predatory microtransaction I’ve ever seen in a game, but that doesn’t make it good. What does making shaders one time use actually do, positively, for the player? I can’t really think of a solid case for one time use shaders, other than as a possible way to sell more microtransactions.
It sucks that Bungie took a really cool change to the shader system and ruined it because of a need to sell people digital goods. Anyway, this was way too many words complaining about cosmetics for a game that I actually really really like! Destiny 2 is a great game! I’ve got bones to pick with this one aspect of it.