A creative Destiny fan makes a concept video showing what an emote wheel in the game could look like, which would allow players to have easy access to multiple emotes.
Emotes are an important part to Destiny‘s design. They allow players to communicate without the need for voice, and is part of the fabric that has made Destiny‘s online interactions more positive than those in many other games. Over the lifespan of Bungie’s FPS/MMO hybrid, emotes have only become more of a staple after being added to Eververse (the game’s microtransaction system), and with new ones appearing with each content update and sometimes acting as pre-order exclusives.
Many fans have purchased (or earned through random loot drops) a collection of emotes, but currently Bungie only allows players to have one button to have a custom emote. Many fans have expressed a desire to be able to map multiple emotes to their controller’s D-pad. One enterprising fan has created a concept to solve that problem. Shown in the video below, this solution is an emote wheel:
The fan, who goes by THConer on Reddit and YouTube, is the one behind the emote wheel concept. THConer got the idea from Grand Theft Auto V‘s Weapon and Radio wheels, feeling that a similar design would work well for Destiny.
If this concept were to work in the actual game, THConer has suggested that by holding down left on the D-pad (the current button mapped for custom emotes) the emote wheel would be brought up, with the left analogue being used to highlight and select a particular emote.
For those interested in the process of how the video was created, THConer put together an imgur album showing how it was done using Photoshop, After Effects, and Premiere Pro.
Bungie has yet to address any kind of solution for players being able to easily access multiple emotes at once. But perhaps it could be something the developer is working on in Destiny‘s next expansion, Rise of Iron, or even the sequel expected to be released in 2017.
It was just revealed that in Rise of Iron class items will be affected by shaders so there’s a chance that another “quality of life” change like a solution to emotes could also be on the minds of Bungie’s developers. Fans will have to wait and see if Bungie designs something like this fan-made emote wheel in future updates and expansions to the game.
If Bungie is working on it for Rise of Iron, it is likely that fans will find out in another livestream reveal, which has been Bungie’s preferred way to show off new Destiny content for quite some time now. Bungie’s next reveal is set for Gamescom in August where the developer will show off what’s coming to PvP in Rise of Iron.
Destiny: Rise of Iron will launch September 20th on PS4 and Xbox One.
Source: Destiny Reddit