The Taken King DLC Controversy


The Taken King DLC Controversy

Destiny’s The Taken King DLC coming out in September has sparked a lot of controversy. So far there are three different packages for purchasing the Taken King DLC. The most expensive of these packages confused and upset many long time Destiny fans and Eurogamer interviewed with the creative director for The Taken King, Luke Smith to discuss some it. Bungie’s community manager, Deej, also tried to alleviate some of the frustration with a post on Reddit.

The Taken King is the latest, and supposedly the biggest DLC for Destiny. There are three different versions available for purchase. There is a 39.99 pound digital download for players who already have the game and existing DLC. There is a 54.99 pound disc based version that also contains all of the two other DLC’s and the base game. The final edition is 79.99 pounds, it includes the base Destiny game, the existing DLC, has several physical rewards, three class specific emotes, three armor shaders, and three exotic class items with XP bonuses. It is the last few rewards, mainly the emotes, along with the fact that you have to purchase the base game and DLC with the special editions, that has players so upset.

To try and get some answer, Eurogamer sat down with Luke Smith for an interview. They tried to get answers about The Taken King DLC and vent their frustrations about the only way to obtain the emotes, which the interviewer really wanted, and Luke Smith explained that the only way to get them is to spend 79.99 pounds on the DLC. He did explain that adding emotes as a separate purchase was not out of the question, just not on the table at the moment. “Well, we have nothing more to talk about regarding your opportunity to spend extra money in Destiny, other than The Taken King and the three versions we’ve announced.”

Many people were upset about Luke Smith’s interview, and vented their frustrations on the internet. So of course Bungie’s community manager had to step in to make a statement. Deej said on Reddit, “Please know that we’re reading this feedback and taking it as seriously – as we always do…I’m going to [defer] to the Bungie Weekly Update, in which we’ll talk more about the things we’re doing to celebrate year-one Guardians who helped build this community. I’ll also revisit our goals in offering different versions of The Taken King. Ever heard the old adage about trying to please everyone?”

The Taken King DLC is set to come out on September 15, 2015, and will be for Xbox One and Playstation 4. It is currently available for pre-order on the Destiny website. So, what do you think? Did Bungie make a mistake having anyone who wants to buy the collector’s edition have to also pay for the original game and DLC?

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Written by Spencer Havens, a gamer, a nerd, and a writer.

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One comment

  • Jun 23, 2015 @ 10:23 am

    What do you think about The Taken King DLC? Is it worth the price of a brand new game? Did Bungie do the right thing tacking on the original game and two other DLCs to the special editions of The Taken King?


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