Bungie removes Destiny 2's $15 "starter pack" after just a day due to backlash
Bungie has announced that it has removed its new Destiny 2 "starter pack" DLC from all storefronts due to community backlash over its contents.
With the release of Destiny 2's Season of the Wish on November 28, Bungie decided to put together a bundle of three exotic weapons, three cosmetics, 125,000 Glimmer, and an assortment of materials for new players, which was sold for $15 across all storefronts.
Fans immediately took to social media and the game's forums to complain about the DLC, with some claiming that it was "pay-to-win" as it gave those willing to pay the price a number of useful materials, while others called it a rip-off due to how easy it is to obtain the included items, even if you were a first-time player.
Once again, it appears that Bungie realized its mistake quickly, announcing on X that the DLC has been pulled entirely as it was not "bringing joy." “Hey everyone, we launched Season of the Wish yesterday and have been monitoring the conversation around what you’ve been enjoying and what you haven’t,” its message read. “We’ll start things off with the Starter Pack, which is not something bringing joy. We’ve heard your concerns and agreed that there are other parts of Destiny 2 that new players should want to dive into first before chasing these Exotic weapons, cosmetics, and upgrade materials.”
This situation follows a statement issued by the company earlier this month following the layoff of 8% of its workforce, in which it admitted that it had "lost a lot of [players'] trust" as a result of recent events and decisions both in and out of the game. Destiny 2's player numbers were also revealed to be far lower than expected, and with its next expansion now delayed, it appears that the game will continue to struggle.
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