Source: Bungie to sell Destiny ammo packs for real money

Monday, 25 January 2016 09:52 GMT By Patrick Garratt

Grinding for purple ammo packs will soon become a thing of the past, if VG247 sources are to be believed.

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Update:

Bungie has denied it’s to allow players to buy ammo packs, telling Game Informer, “We’re not doing that.”

Original story:

Bungie is to sell Destiny ammo packs for real money, a source familiar with the matter has confirmed to VG247.

It’s as yet unknown when the feature will be added to the online shooter.

While it was reaffirmed today, the rumour has existed since early last year alongside claims that no raid would be included in House of Wolves and micro-transactions would be added to Destiny. Both these updates proved to be correct.

Micro-transactions first appeared in Destiny in October, 2015, when players were given the option to buy a new currency, Silver, with real money. Currently, the only pieces of content available for purchase are emotes and Sparrow items from Eververse, a vendor in Destiny’s Tower social hub.

The sale of ammo packs will mark a significant step forward for Bungie and Activision’s approach to Destiny’s micro-transactions, as it will have a direct, if limited, effect on gameplay.

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You’ll soon be able to spend your Silver on purple synths, apparently.

The most sought after ammo pack by far is Heavy Ammo Synthesis, as Heavy is essential for high-level PvE activities such as raiding. There are currently only three ways to acquire Heavy packs: you can buy them from the Tower gunsmith, Banshee-44, for 950 Glimmer, Destiny’s “free” in-game currency; exotic vendor Xur sells packs of three for one Strange Coin; and Variks, the Reef’s Prison of Elders handler, sells them for 250 Glimmer and a pack of Ether Seeds.

Obviously, play is the only way to build up enough resources to afford the packs at the moment, so adding this specific micro-transaction will circumnavigate the need to spend time in-game to raid.

It’s unknown how much the packs will cost. The current cost of Silver is thus:

  • 500 Silver – $4.99/£3.99/€4.99
  • 1000 Silver (+100 bonus Silver) – $9.99/£7.99/€9.99
  • 2000 Silver (+300 bonus Silver) – $19.99/£15.99/€19.99
  • 5,000 Silver (+800 Silver) – $49.99/£39.99/€49.99

The prospect of being able to pay for ammo with real money is unlikely to sit well with much of the Destiny community, which is currently up in arms about a final admission that PvP matchmaking was switched to a skill-based system with The Taken King last September.