Oh, Destiny. People love you, people hate you and people love to hate you.
When Destiny’s upcoming expansion, “The Taken King”, was announced, there were many fans of the game who felt they were getting shafted. You see, you could just buy the expansion for $40 but it was also being released with the original game and its previous two expansions for $80. This $80 edition also came with exclusive content you couldn’t buy any other way. Longtime players felt that Bungie (Destiny’s developer) were casting them aside.
It didn’t help much that “The Taken King’s” Creative Director, Luke Smith, gave an odd interview with Eurogamer that without visual context, seemed like he was mocking the fact that some fans might not like this idea.
Here’s the exchange:
Luke Smith: Is it also the final question on the emotes?
Eurogamer: I’m not going to mention them again. I can’t get them.
Luke Smith: But you can if you buy the Collector’s Edition.
Eurogamer: I’m not going to buy the game and the two DLCs all over again.
Luke Smith: Okay, but first I want to poke at you on this a little bit.
Eurogamer: Poke at me?
Luke Smith: You’re feeling anxious because you want this exclusive content but you don’t know yet how much you want it. The notion of spending this money is making you anxious, I can see it –
Eurogamer: I do want them. I would buy them –
Luke Smith: If I fired up a video right now and showed you the emotes you would throw money at the screen.
So today Bungie released a statement on the situation.
Many, many years ago, I wrote to you each week in this spot. We talked about Battle Rifles, we talked about stuff we weren’t going to talk about, and at some point I did a horrible hand-drawing of an upcoming map and teased you with it in the Weekly Update.
Anyone who knows me knows I can be sarcastic, anyone who remembers podcasts I’ve done knows that I can be pretty blunt, and anyone who’s watched me in a ViDoc knows I’m pretty unpolished.
However, most of you don’t know me.
Reading my interview with Eurogamer and imagining it came from some random developer of a game I love – that random developer looks like an Asshat.
But that Asshat was me – and those words rightfully anger you.
My words made it sound as if Bungie doesn’t care about their most loyal fans.
We do care. We are listening. And we will make it right.
Bungie went on to say that they will sell the previously exclusive content, which consists of three Armor Shaders, three Exotic Class Items with XP Bonuses, and three class specific emotes, in a digital package sold for $20 starting on Sept. 15 of this year. Players who have reached level 30 since the game’s launch and purchased both previous expansions will be known as VIPs, with unannounced content coming their way in the future as well.
People have always loved to complain on the internet but I remember a time when it got you nothing. Didn’t like the way our game ended? Too bad. Don’t like how much our shiny, new game is going to cost? Not our problem. It seems complaining is starting to work nowadays.
Cue the complaining on that $20 price in 3….2….1…..