Bungie Responds to the Outcry Surrounding The Taken King Pricing and Collector's Edition
In the weekly update for Destiny, Bungie has responded to a fury of complaints stemming from developer Luke Smith’s interview with Eurogamer discussing the upcoming expansion, The Taken King. The basic story is that Smith didn’t come across very well when responding to why the only way for Destiny players who already owned both expansions (The Dark Below and House of Wolves) to get some exclusive Collector’s Edition content (emotes, shaders, and weapons) was to purchase the $80 Collector’s Edition. The edition which is made up of the same game and expansions they have already bought.
The base expansion, The Taken King, costs $40 on its own, which is double that of previous expansions. There were lots of complaints as to why the content wasn’t being sold separately for those who already own Destiny, and paid for the two expansions, instead of having to repay for all of it. Smith’s response was less than ideal.
If I fired up a video right now and showed you the emotes you would throw money at the screen.
In today’s update, Smith apologizes, stating,
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. I’m sorry. 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.
So in response, Bungie is working on making the digital content from that Collector’s Edition a separate $20 bundle, and available to those who have already purchased The Taken King. For those who have already purchased the Collector’s Edition, Bungie just says, “we’ll have some additional information for you soon.”
Thankfully, Bungie is actually listening to player feedback, and providing a way for those players to purchase the content separately. Whether or not it is worth the $20 price tag is yet to be seen, but in the meantime purchase a Red Bull for more Destiny content!