Bungie pulls controversial $15 starter pack from Destiny 2 due to massive backlash over ‘pay-to-win’ element

Bungie pulls controversial $15 starter pack from Destiny 2 due to massive backlash over ‘pay-to-win’ element

Just one day after Season of the Wish launched, Bungie removed a $15 microtransaction for Destiny 2 that quickly became the subject of criticism and backlash over pay-to-win concerns.

Over the years, Bungie’s monetization model for the long-running live-service shooter has increasingly relied on downloadable content (DLC) and various microtransaction channels to support its game, but when players noticed a new “starter pack” added to the store yesterday, Many are concerned that the company has gone too far.

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How is this micro-transaction different from the many paid offers of years past? Well, more importantly, it has powerful weapons and in-game items that can take hours of gameplay to earn naturally, and while Destiny has flirted with pay-to-win elements in the past, this is the first time they’ve disappeared so visibly beyond cosmetic and saving mechanics. Time to the world of pay to win.

Among the voices in question was popular Destiny creator Datto, who saved a section of his recent YouTube video to put into a microtransaction demo, asking “How much more deaf can you get?”

“How much deaf can you get?”

One way players expressed their disdain for this pay-to-win bundle was by taking to the Steam storefront through online reviews, tagging the item with user tags including “capitalism”, “crime”, and “psychological horror”. The listing has since been removed.

Deleted menu for controversial microtransaction display.
Deleted menu for controversial microtransaction display.

The controversy comes at a difficult time for Bungie, after a disappointing expansion earlier this year and poor player engagement that led to the end of the Destiny saga. In fact, Bungie cited lower-than-expected revenue when it laid off 8% of its employees last month.

With concerns growing on the day since the starter pack debuted, Bungie has quietly removed the item from their store in a clear acknowledgment that those concerns were valid. IGN reached out to a Bungie representative, who declined to comment on the matter.

Updated: Bungie directly addressed the removal of the starter pack via an Weapons, cosmetics, and upgrade materials.”

Notably, these comments don’t seem to back away from the idea of ​​charging money for perks that have a direct impact on gameplay or loot operations. A number of responses to Bungie’s response noted that these materials should be made available to new players for free given the enormous and unpalatable pressure that awaits players hoping to get into Destiny 2 for the first time.

Travis Northup is a staff writer for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter @TieGuyTravis And read him Match coverage here.

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