Destiny could potentially use real-money

By Ural Garrett , Updated Jun 25, 2013 11:21 AM EDT
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Bungie's first project as a third-party developer for Activision, Destiny, has garnered all kinds of hype, thanks to its clever fusion of MMORPGs and shooter combat reminiscent of Halo.

Like many games of its type today that are set in a persistent world, currency may become a key gameplay feature though Bungie dodged if real-world money would be used. 

According to Bungie's Mail Sack , the developer dodged a question asked by a user of if real-money will be used in-game.

"What we can tell you right now is that the rewards you will gain by playing Destiny and playing it well--will be earned," said Bungie. "You will carve them from the hides of your enemies, after you stomp them into the ground of your favorite destinations."

Activision isn't a stranger to using real-world money in games through World of Warcraft and Diablo 3's controversial auction houses. Diablo 3's auction house was shut down following a patch that triggered an exploitation of the game's economy in May. Profits made by suspended and banned players were donated to Children's Miracle Network Hospitals a week later according to reports.

It was also revealed that currently, Destiny is pre-alpha meaning there "there's a lot more work left to do" before the game's release and that the positive reception during E3 motivates them to make sure they create the best experience possible.

"It fuels a fire that's been raging for some time," said Graphic Designer John Stvan. " Every now and then, when doubt creeps in, we get a jolt of reality and it gets us up in the morning and motivated to make amazing things. 

Destiny is due to hit retail in 2014 for Xbox 360, Xbox One, Playstation 3 and Playstation 4.  

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