The addition of the Eververse Trading Company, Destiny's real money store, came alongside the release of the game's The Taken King last year. Items available for sale using the game's premium silver currency have mostly been cosmetic in nature, but that's changing in Destiny's upcoming Rise of Iron expansion.
As reported by GameSpot, Destiny players will soon be able to purchase reputation boosters via the Eververse store. Boosters for the Vanguard, Crucible and House of Judgement factions (Prison of Elders) will arrive in the store alongside the release of Rise of Iron. Each booster lasts for two hours, and players can purchase three boosters for any of the factions for 100 silver, which is roughly equal to $1. The boost applies to all members of your fireteam, so only one player will need to activate the boost in order for other teammates to benefit.
The reputation boosts can also be acquired as random drops from Sterling Treasure Boxes or Radiant Treasures, which players can earn from simply playing the game or spending silver in the Eververse store.
Rise of Iron will also see the debut of a number of new premium emotes for players who like to show off their dance moves.
The new microtransactions don't sound like a bad deal, especially given that all members of a fireteam benefit from only members activating a boost. Still, Destiny players have voiced concerns over the game's increasing number of microtransactions in the past. The items offered in the Eververse store have largely remained cosmetic up until this point, but the ability to pay real money to boost the amount of reputation earned continues to tip-toe around a line with which many players aren't comfortable. Higher reputation levels means being able to purchase better weapons and armor, so players being able to buy reputation boosts is far from Bungie simply offering cosmetics for real-world money.
Destiny's Rise of Iron expansion arrives on Sept. 20 for Xbox One and PlayStation 4 players. The latest addition to the game adds the new region of Russia for players to explore, new quests, a new enemy faction, a new raid, and of course, plenty of new gear to acquire. Players have discovered a number of Rise of Iron's changes are already present in Destiny right now, such as a new, exotic sidearm. You can read more about that here.