Bungie and Activision are listening. That's the gist of their latest update over on the official Bungie website, where they addressed fan frustration with having to re-buy Destiny just to get a few new trinkets that were made exclusive in the Taken King Collector's Edtion.
David “Deej” Dague wrote at length to address some of the complaints about Destiny: The Taken King and the Collector's Edition, where gamers would have to completely re-buy the entire game in order to gain access to some of the new emotes and certain player trinkets. Dague states...
We’re actively working to make the digital content from the Collector’s Edition available in a $20 upgrade bundle (suggested retail price), available on 9/15/2015. If you purchase a stand-alone version of Destiny: The Taken King, or already have, you'll be able to pick up the digital items as soon as they are available.
This follows on a controversial interview that Bungie's creative director Luke Smith had with Eurogamer, where the outlet drilled the creative director about gamer concerns centered around having to pay full price for The Taken King – practically the equivalent of what Destiny cost when it first launched for the Xbox and PlayStation game consoles – and that those who already owned Destiny would have completely re-buy the game in order to get their hands on some of the exclusive new features in the Collector's Edition.
Originally, Smith told Eurogamer...
There is no way right now for you to get the new dance emotes without doing that. Those are Collector's Edition exclusive. We've set some stuff aside for that edition specifically to really make it appeal to fans who have engaged with the game already and also to people that will enter the game this autumn.
After people came across the interview and expressed outrage that they would have to pay exorbitant prices for a few new dance moves, the rage spread through the community at a rapid rate.
Bungie later issued a statement to Eurogamer to clarify their stance about the Collector's Edition and gamers being able to gain access to some of the material without having to completely re-buy Destiny in order to do so.
David “Deej” Dague stated...
The real conversation here is: What are we doing to honour you, the players who have been bound to Destiny in this first year of action and adventure? I'm glad you asked. I'm going to answer in the Bungie Weekly Update.
Fast forward to right now, and we're at the Bungie Weekly Update where they're now capitulating to the desires of the fans. While The Taken King will still carry a heavy price, gamers will be able to get their hands on the Collector's Edition content for a $20 upgrade if they already own Destiny. As for The Taken King, it's still a tough sell as an expansion pack given that it only has one new area and four new PvP maps for the price of what's essentially a brand new game. Bungie and Activision will really have to detail something about this expansion that warrants the justification of the price tag.