Destiny's first year got a lot of things wrong, but it appears developer Bungie has learned from its mistakes and is planning a radically overhauled DLC plan for year two, which began in September with the release of The Taken King.
Kotaku reports that Bungie "is planning on giving out quests and missions for free" every few months until Autumn 2016, citing sources with knowledge of the game's continuing development. The website also reported that microtransactions for cosmetic items, such as dance moves and vehicle skins, were coming to the online first person shooter – something later confirmed by Bungie.
Said microtransactions will be available from the Eververse Trading Company, which will be fronted by character Tess Everis, who "will offer eighteen brand new emotes". These entirely optional purchases will be made with "silver", a new in-game currency that will available to purchase via the PSN and Xbox Live stores. All of this will launch on Tuesday 13 October.
A trademark for the Eververse Trading Company was filed back in June, prompting speculation that microtransactions or an auction house would be coming to the game.
"Our plan is to use these new items to bolster the service provided by our live team for another full year, as they grow and create more robust and engaging events that we'll announce later this year," said Bungie's website. "It has been, and continues to be, our goal to deliver updates to the game. Going forward, our live team is also looking to grow beyond vital updates and improvements to focus on world events, experiences, and feature requests."
There has been no word on whether future updates for Destiny will be free, but the wording above certainly doesn't rule that out.
Over the course of its first year on sale, Bungie released three Destiny expansions – The Dark Below, House of Wolves, and the substantial Taken King. In the case of the first two expansions Bungie was criticised for offering relatively little content for what players are paying – a criticism also levelled at the main, base game.
Bungie supposedly has a ten-year plan for Destiny which could mean the launch of Destiny 2 in a year's time. These free updates would make sense then as the team gears up for what will be their most significant and (presumably) largest release since Destiny's initial release.