- Destiny 2’s recent collaboration with Mass Effect offers players free cosmetics, including armor sets for Garrus, Shepard, and T’Soni, as well as an Exotic Ship, Sparrow, and Ghost Shell.
- This collaboration sets a precedent by giving away three items for free, breaking away from the norm of paid-only cosmetics in crossovers.
- Bungie’s decision to provide free crossover items builds good faith with the community and counters the microtransaction controversy surrounding Destiny. It also suggests future collaborations may follow suit and offer more freebies.
Destiny 2‘s Season of the Wish recently wrapped up its storyline and the game is in the waiting months before The Final Shape launches, but it is still getting some content drops on a more consistent schedule, with April seeing the addition of Into the Light. While little is known about this project as of now, players are still getting some interesting content releases every now and then, with the most recent being Destiny 2‘s weekly Riven’s Wishes, but there is already something new looming on the horizon. There have been multiple crossovers in Destiny 2 so far, with all of them sharing a unique characteristic that the newly announced Mass Effect event gets rid of.
A big part of crossovers in Destiny 2 is to provide players with cosmetics from franchises they love to be able to play as characters from entirely different worlds and universes, and that can have a massive impact on sales as a result. Now, players will be able to have armor sets dedicated to Mass Effect‘s Garrus, Shepard, and Liara T’Soni, all while also having a new Exotic Ship, Sparrow, and Ghost Shell. This is something that most crossovers have had, but the Destiny 2 x Mass Effect collab gives three items away for free for the first time ever.
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Past Destiny 2 crossover events have typically included armor sets for each class, starting with the Fortnite event in 2022, and most eventually got all sorts of other cosmetics in the Eververse store, including the likes of dedicated Emotes and Ghost projections. Another big part of the allure is to have special Ships, Sparrows, and Ghost Shells, as they act as “semi-permanent” cosmetics seeing how often they are visible in the game – from cutscenes at the start of Raid to Ghost Shells reviving players.
In the case of the Mass Effect collab, these three item categories all got a new dedicated skin from the iconic sci-fi series, and they are completely free for all players to claim once the event drops. This is not only unprecedented, but it builds good faith on two fronts. In the last year or so, the infamous Destiny 2 microtransaction hell discourse has been very present and very felt by community members, and Bungie also lost the trust of several long-time veterans and enthusiasts once news of the layoffs and The Final Shape’s delay broke out.
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Having free cosmetics from a crossover as big as Mass Effect is a good look for Bungie, which is vital now more than ever. This builds a counterargument for the microtransaction hell discourse at long last, and though small in the grand scheme of things, it’s still big enough to matter. On top of that, it also shows Bungie is willing to rebuild bridges with the community at every chance it gets, and this is a good way to start doing that now – well before The Final Shape releases on June 4.
When the Fortnite collab went live, Bungie made Destiny 2‘s 30th Anniversary Pack free to claim. Recently, every past Destiny 2 DLC was free on the Epic Games Store, and Bungie doing this again for every platform in conjunction with the Mass Effect crossover (and its freebies) would have an even bigger impact. Even without this, giving three cosmetics for free when they would normally be available exclusively for real money (and also cost around $50) is a fantastic move on Bungie’s part, and it shows future collabs could break away from the paid-only cosmetic formula in other ways, such as making some items available for Bright Dust. Essentially, this sets a massive precedent, and future crossovers may end up capitalizing on it.
Bungie’s Destiny 2 is an online FPS that blends single-player and multiplayer content. Constantly evolving, the shooter has established a strong following since its 2017 debut.
- August 28, 2017
- Online Multiplayer , Online Co-Op
- Tiger Engine
- T For TEEN for Blood, Language, and Violence
- Destiny 2: Forsaken , Destiny 2: Shadowkeep , Destiny 2: Beyond Light , Destiny 2: The Witch Queen , Destiny 2: Lightfall
- How Long To Beat
- Platforms That Support Crossplay
- PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One & Xbox Series X|S
- Number of Players
- 1-6 (Co-Op)
- PS Plus Availability
- Extra & Premium (The Witch Queen)