Destiny 2 has a new system for letting you customize the look of your Guardian coming next season. It was detailed in the Bungie blog on Thursday, and it’s already generating a lot of discussion by players — and not the good kind.

First of all, the system is more than a little convoluted. You earn Synthstrand by killing enemies, which you then need to bring to Ada-1. She’ll give you class-specific bounties, which will earn you Synthcord. And you can then turn Synthcord into Synthweave, which you can then (finally!) use to alter your equipment’s appearance. Whew.

As convoluted as all that is, that’s not the really contentious issue. Rather, what’s got Guardians hot under the collar (or cloak) is the fact that you’ll only be able to earn 10 Synthweave per class, per season — doubled for the first season this will be active. You can, of course, obtain more, by buying it from the Eververse shop for 300 Silver ($3) or five for 1000 Silver ($10).

That means that you’ll only be able to fully transmute two complete outfits — head, gloves, chest, boots, and cloak — on a character class per season, or four in the initial season without having to shell out some cash. Yes, it’s only cosmetic, which is about as far as you can get from “pay to win,” but we’ve moved long past the time when charging — or at least charging too much, from player’s perspectives — to change the appearance of your character in an MMO won’t get pushback from the community.

Jason Winter is a veteran gaming journalist, he brings a wide range of experience to MMOBomb, including two years with Beckett Media where he served as the editor of the leading gaming magazine Massive Online Gamer. He has also written professionally for several gaming websites.


  1. The devilish problem that accuring inside devs melted “we are on winner”brains, is…money from nothing! its a fever that is growing extremely fast in the gaming industry and being put in place by the what the devs think is “slight of the hand but”, its not, we see their every move and can voice our disgust instantly at their lust for greed. Wake up devs & get back to gaming.


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