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Destiny 2 players will be able to earn cosmetics more easily in season 3

Introducing the Prismatic Matrix

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Earlier this year, Bungie said it planned to alter how Destiny 2 players earned rewards, particularly the cosmetic goods available to unlock or purchase from the in-game Eververse store. The goal, Bungie said at the time, was to better reward Destiny 2 players for completing activities and “give players more direct purchase options and make adjustments to Bright Engrams to allow players to get the items they want more often.”

This week, Bungie detailed how Eververse rewards are changing with season 3 of Destiny 2, which launches next week.

Destiny 2 season 3 will add a feature called the Prismatic Matrix. It’s a new way for players to earn cosmetic goods — sparrows, ships, emotes, ghost shells and more — by playing Destiny 2 rather than paying for in-game currency (though, the ability to spend money on Eververse goods is still in the game, of course).

Here’s how it works: Each week, the Prismatic Matrix will offer a rotation of 10 items available in the Eververse store. Players will unlock one use of the Prismatic Matrix, earning them a cosmetic, with their first “well rested” level up each week. Players can purchase additional activations of the Prismatic Matrix for 200 Silver each.

Bungie says the items available via the Prismatic Matrix will be on a knockout list, meaning that players shouldn’t get duplicates. Players can still earn Eververse gear via Bright Engrams and Bright Dust purchases, and items earned through those existing means will knock items off the Prismatic Matrix list of rewards.

The Prismatic Matrix, Bungie says, will “give players more control over how they earn Eververse items” and “offer a more predictable path each week that guarantees access to specific items.”

Bungie’s tweaks to rewards sound like they’ll make it much easier for players to earn the cosmetic goods they’re after, while keeping Eververse as a means to continuing monetizing Destiny 2.

Destiny 2 players will get a chance to see just how much the Prismatic Matrix and Bungie’s changes to rewards impact the game on May 8, when season 3 and Warmind, the game’s second expansion, go live.