After news broke that game publishing giant Activision holds a patent for a system that encourages players to buy cosmetic items based on matching them with other players in multiplayer settings, gamers understandably expressed outrage at such a system in the games that they play.
While the patent never mentioned any specific games, some wondered whether it was currently active in any Activision-published titles, like Destiny 2. However, it wasn’t long before Bungie set the record straight and confirmed that the matchmaking algorithms in question do not appear in any Destiny game:
You won't find this functionality in our games, including Destiny or Destiny 2.
— DeeJ (@DeeJ_BNG) October 17, 2017
The predatory feeling of a matchmaking system that is out to get players to sink more money into a game via microtransactions definitely leaves a bad taste in gamers’ mouths. But Destiny 2 players can rest assured that, even though they may covet another player’s gear, that interaction is not being set up behind the scenes in the game’s code.
Microtransactions have been an ongoing point of contention in the Destiny franchise, with players both for and against the Eververse Store. When Eververse was first introduced in Destiny 1, it was a way for players to buy some emotes and other cosmetics. But as time went on, more items including entire armor sets, sparrows, and exotic ornaments were added to Eververse.
That has only expanded with Destiny 2, with a plethora of items, such as ships, sparrows, and emotes only available through the store. Many of those items, like the fan-favorite ghosts, have been pulled from the general loot pool and put exclusively into Bright engrams. Thankfully, many of those cosmetic items are not completely locked to microtransactions though but can be earned through the aforementioned Bright engrams. It is possible to skip ahead and purchase Bright engrams, but those who choose not to spend any money can earn one engram every time they rank up.
For further clarification, Activision says the microtransaction matchmaking system mentioned in the patent was an R&D project and has never been implemented in any of the publisher’s games. Of course, that doesn’t mean a similar system isn’t at play in the publisher’s titles, but anything related to the patent is not.