The creative director of Destiny‘s upcoming expansion, The Taken King, recently gave an interview to Eurogamer in which he didn’t come across as the best. He defended the $40 price tag of The Taken King and sounded a bit unsympathetic to many gamers concern that they would be locked out of getting exclusive content unless they bought the Collector’s Edition of The Taken King, which, at $80, would mean re-buying Destiny and all of the other expansions.
After the interview, Bungie quickly announced that the situation would be rectified and that Year One Destiny players would not be forgotten. In their Weekly Update blog post, they made sure to do right by the fans.
For all those who have already purchased Destiny and the two expansions already out, Bungie will be offering you the ability to buy just The Taken King as a standalone package ($40), along with the Collector’s Edition content for $20. For those unaware, the Collector’s Edition will include:
- (3) Class Specific Emotes
- (3) Armor Shaders
- (3) Exotic Class Items with XP Bonuses.
For those looking for a little more context about Emotes and Class Items in The Taken King, we will be introducing new Class Items with stat attributes. These will provide players with another gear slot that can contribute to both your Guardian’s look and build preferences. The Class Items included in the Collector’s Edition are a welcome addition for players looking to level up newborn Guardians or fresh subclasses, but they are not the only new Class Items available in Destiny: The Taken King. This is part of our focus on making the game more rewarding and adding more variety options for players. The same goes for Emotes.
Luke Smith even took the blog post to write out an apology letter to fans, letting them know he does care, and will continue to do right by the fans:
I am Luke Smith, Creative Director on Destiny: The Taken King.
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.