Destiny 2 has been around for over six years, and it is still going strong. While the game has been in the gaming news a lot lately, it hasn’t been in the news for things that Bungie necessarily wants it to be.
Bungie most recently announced that The Final Shape would be delayed until June 2024. For those who are unaware of what The Final Shape is all about, it is Destiny 2’s next major expansion that is planned. On top of this slightly disappointing news, many gamers were unhappy about the launch of the latest Season, Season of the Wish.
What’s wrong with Destiny 2’s Season of the Wish?
The 23rd Season of Destiny 2, Season of the Wish, kicked off officially on November 28, 2023. While gamers are always excited about a new Season, there was one part of Season of the Wish many gamers were unhappy about. It didn’t have to do with the Season as a whole, but it had to do with something you can purchase in the shop.
The item that I am referring to is the Starter Pack DLC. The Starter Pack DLC was made available to purchase in Destiny 2 as part of the kickoff for Season of the Wish, that was until it was removed by Bungie for all of the backlash that it took.
The Starter Pack DLC was available to purchase for $15. Inside the Starter Pack DLC you were granted three exotic weapons, three cosmetics and some materials, 125,000 Glimmer, 50 Enhancement Cores, 5 Enhancement Prisms and an Ascendant Shard. The sole purpose of this Starter Pack was to give new players diving into Destiny 2 an opportunity to start off with a little head start. However, everything about the Starter Pack DLC didn’t go over well with a majority of the Destiny 2 community.
Some gamers said that the Starter Pack DLC replicated a “Pay to Win” situation and that Bungie was taking advantage of newer players. More gamers complained that the items that were offered in the Starter Pack didn’t really help new gamers out. If they were truly starting the game out for the very first time, the contents that the Starter Pack provided did a poor job at giving gamers the head start Bungie was hoping to provide.
For a $15 price tag, more than a majority of the community was upset about this. To pay $15 for something tagged as a “Starter Pack” and to not actually help your starting game out that much, seemed like a complete waste of money.
Because of the massive criticism this took, Bungie heard everyone’s criticism and decided to pull the Starter Pack DLC from the store. Bungie then posted on X that since the Starter Pack has not been bringing people joy, they have decided to remove it entirely from the store.
Even after 6 years since the original release date, Destiny 2 has still been going strong. It is clear that with all the new content being released in the game, and a major expansion coming at the beginning of next Summer, there is still a ton of content to explore in the Destiny 2 universe, and there is much more on the horizon.