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Bungie’s Greed is Getting Worse…

Destiny 2 30th Anniversary Reveal
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Let me get this out of the way. Destiny 2 is an incredible game. It has arguably the best gunplay from recent years, it runs like a dream on most systems, and it has one of the better free to play models out there in my opinion (speaking only to the amount of content you get as a free player). Heck, even recent months have seen a surge in players in Iron Banner and other PVP content, and the announcement of The Witch Queen expansion coming in Feb of 2022.

So why does it seem like a large chunk of the player base is worried? Greed…

Its no secret that Destiny 2 has always struggled with a very greedy cash shop. Bungie has typically locked the best cosmetics behind a paywall in the Eververse, but its always been that. Cosmetics. Nothing that truly has an impact on the game. They have also followed a normal MMO strategy in the past of releasing full expansions, usually one big one per year, and then following that up with a season pass that unlocks a bunch of additional content. I’m not personally a fan of the season pass model, but I get it, they have to support the game somehow.

The Witch Queen, Destiny 2’s next major expansion, is different though. By far the most popular PVE content are the raids that get released after each expansion, and starting with Forsaken they started to include Dungeons (Essentially mini raids designed for 3 player teams rather then the normal 6 for a raid). These dungeons have always been included with either the expansion or the season pass, but for The Witch Queen they are trying something different. There will be 3 new dungeons coming (Doubling the amount in the game) but rather then including them in the expansion for $39.99 USD, you have to buy the Digital Deluxe Edition for $79.99 to gain access to 2 of them. The 3rd is only available if you buy the 30th Anniversary bundle for the 3rd dungeon. They also said that there will be additional purchase options in the future. This has upset even some of the most die hard Destiny 2 fans, as popular YouTuber SkillUp explains here.

On its own, I wouldn’t have a huge issue with this. I don’t like it, but I can get past it. The problem for me comes when you combine this with them stating that they have to vault content, most of which was paid content that players paid for.

“The Destiny Content Vault (DCV) is a new content model being implemented in Year 4 of Destiny 2. To create a sustainable ecosystem where the world can continue to evolve in exciting ways, and where we can update the game more quickly, each year we will cycle some destination and activity content out of the game (and into the DCV) to make room for new experiences.” – Bungie.net

Destiny 2 is not the first game to have a vault system, Fortnite vaults weapons and items all of the time, but to my knowledge it is the first that is vaulting full expansions that people paid for. Once The Witch Queen comes out, I wont be able to play the majority of the content that I have paid for, full list here. The fact that I cant jump in and play through the Forsaken campaign with friends who haven’t played it yet, or run through an old raid that I didnt get a chance to before is just frustrating at this point, and with the way they are monetizing their contact I can’t help but to wonder if they are trying to push people to purchase more by taking away what they have.

It’s truly unfortunate too, because from a pure gameplay perspective I can’t recommend Destiny 2 enough. The PVP is responsive and fun (if a bit unbalanced at times), and the PVE is perfectly balanced to be able to play solo or with a group, either way being just as fun. That is rare these days, and I think anyone who hasn’t tried Destiny yet SHOULD download the free version and give it a try. What happens when that content runs its course though? I for one can not advocate for people buying into the game, simply due to the vaulting and the other scummy way that they are handling new content. I hope that they change their course with all of that soon, because I WANT to be able to recommend Destiny 2, but right now I can’t recommend anything beyond the free version.

For those of you that are still playing, what are your thoughts on all of this? Are you okay with Bungie’s explanation for vaulting content? Do you have an issue with how they are handling the content drops with Dungeons? Join The Games Guild on Gamactica and let’s discuss!

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