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Destiny 2 director says shaders are consumable so that "customization will inspire gameplay"

The Destiny 2 (opens in new tab) community, despite being largely pleased with the game, is very upset about shaders (opens in new tab). In short, shaders - which you can use to change the color of your gear - are now consumable instead of permanent like in the last game, and a lot of players think that change was made to encourage microtransactions. Game director Luke Smith took to Twitter today to explain the reasoning behind the consumable customization system. 

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Let me interrupt Smith here to note that a lot of players like the other part of Destiny 2's new shaders: the ability to individually colorize each piece of gear. The one-time use (or three-time, or five-time, depending on how many you have in your stack) part? Not so much. But here's why he still thinks it's a good idea.

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I hadn't considered it from that perspective before. But I'm still not sold on the idea. The only original Destiny raid I ever cleared was Vault of Glass (thanks to the patient leadership of GR+'s own Andy Hartup); as such, the Chatterwhite shader I received for my victory was one of the biggest points of pride in my entire collection. I enjoyed equipping it from time to time just to run around the Tower and prove I did it. Under Destiny 2's new system, one of two things would happen. Either, a) my stack of Chatterwhite would sit unused in my Vault because I'm not a high-level player and I wouldn't know if or when I'd get another opportunity to collect more; or b), I'd say "screw it" and apply the precious shader to my current set of gear, then hate myself for wasting it when I got better stuff.

Maybe turning shaders into an "ongoing reward" will be fun enough on its own to make up for that little bit of extra anxiety. We'll all find out together, given Smith's statements - it sounds like Bungie doesn't plan to change the system any time soon. Also, reminder: shaders aside, the rest of the game seems really good, according to our Destiny 2 review-in-progress (opens in new tab).

I got a BA in journalism from Central Michigan University - though the best education I received there was from CM Life, its student-run newspaper. Long before that, I started pursuing my degree in video games by bugging my older brother to let me play Zelda on the Super Nintendo. I've previously been a news intern for GameSpot, a news writer for CVG, and now I'm a staff writer here at GamesRadar.