Bungie Apologises for Taken King Controversy

Bungie Apologises for Taken King Controversy

Destiny developers Bungie have caused controversy this week for defending the steep price of the game's latest expansion, The Taken King.

The game, which does not yet have a price in New Zealand, will cost US gamers $40 (approx. $58 in NZ) when it releases in September. The price of many full games stands at $60 ($87 in NZ), leading many to react with displeasure. To add to the controversy, the expansion will release alongside The Digital Collector's Edition that bundles all previously released content and The Taken King, while also including some other goodies as exclusive content.

To alleviate fan outrage, Creative Director Luke Smith took to the Bungie website to make announcements for long time fans. The previously exclusive content from bundle would become available as DLC. Additionally, to thank long time players, anyone with a Light Level 30 Guardian will receive some truly exclusive content to reflect their achievements.

The Taken King does not currently have a price for pre-orders in New Zealand on either the Playstation Store or the Xbox Live Marketplace. The Digital Collector's Edition, which bundles the base game, DLC, and The Taken King is currently listed at $129.99 for all systems. Both of the game's previous expansions run for $27.50 on Playstation, and $27.95 on Xbox.

The Taken King is due to release for Playstation 4, Xbox One, Playstation 3, and Xbox 360 on the 15th of September 2015.

Source: Forbes



 

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Comments Comments (17)

 
Posted by Xenojay
On Friday 26 Jun 2015 9:58 AM
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"Bungie apologises by asking gamers to spend money" is a more apt way of putting it
 
 
 
Posted by Romulus
On Friday 26 Jun 2015 10:34 AM
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I'm not sure why anyone is surprised. The previous two expansions had little new content and were pretty steeply priced.
 
 
 
Posted by ReaperCrew
On Friday 26 Jun 2015 10:59 AM
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TTK digital only expansion is currently listed at NZ$74.95 on the MS store. I suspect the PSN edition to be the same.
Bungie are proposing US$20 for the extra "collector edition" stuff, which includes emotes, etc, which based on the typical "exchange rate" would put it at approx NZ$34.95, which puts it $20 cheaper than the collectors edition itself.

Another way to look at it is that the "Destiny Digital Guardian Edition" is currently NZ$114.95, so if a new player decided they really wanted go completely digital, get the 1st year anniversary stuff and play TTK, they will need to spend at least NZ$189.90 without getting any of the new "collectors" items.

I get that Bungie are proud of their game and believe that TTK is awesome, however there are just a few that are looking at these numbers and are not convinced. I'm also worried that this is a precedent for how they will manage their offers for ongoing expansions.
 
 
 
Posted by LukeB
On Friday 26 Jun 2015 11:18 AM
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If you're not a fan of the pricing or amount of content, then now is the perfect time to vote with your wallet.
 
 
 
Posted by ModifiedSoul
On Friday 26 Jun 2015 11:24 AM
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26 June 2015, 10:59 AM Reply to ReaperCrew
TTK digital only expansion is currently listed at NZ$74.95 on the MS store. I suspect the PSN edition to be the same.
Bungie are proposing US$20 for the extra "collector edition" stuff, which includes emotes, etc, which based on the typical "exchange rate" would put it at approx NZ$34.95, which puts it $20 cheaper than the collectors edition itself.

Another way to look at it is that the "Destiny Digital Guardian Edition" is currently NZ$114.95, so if a new player decided they really wanted go completely digital, get the 1st year anniversary stuff and play TTK, they will need to spend at least NZ$189.90 without getting any of the new "collectors" items.

I get that Bungie are proud of their game and believe that TTK is awesome, however there are just a few that are looking at these numbers and are not convinced. I'm also worried that this is a precedent for how they will manage their offers for ongoing expansions.
$129.95, i think gives the gamer everything Full game all expansions including Taken King...... i think
thats the cost of "Destiny: The Taken King - Digital Collector's Edition"
https://store.xbox.com/en-US/Xbox-One/Bundle/Destiny-The-Taken-King-Digital-Collectors-Edition/5ed99658-f4cf-443a-aeec-e2a83b7f10c2?cid=majornelson#gameDetailsSection
 
 
 
Posted by ReaperCrew
On Friday 26 Jun 2015 11:35 AM
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26 June 2015, 11:24 AM Reply to ModifiedSoul
$129.95, i think gives the gamer everything Full game all expansions including Taken King...... i think
thats the cost of "Destiny: The Taken King - Digital Collector's Edition"
https://store.xbox.com/en-US/Xbox-One/Bundle/Destiny-The-Taken-King-Digital-Collectors-Edition/5ed99658-f4cf-443a-aeec-e2a83b7f10c2?cid=majornelson#gameDetailsSection
ModifiedSoul, you are absolutely correct, however if new players wait for "Destiny: The Taken King - Digital Collector's Edition", for example, which is due for release Sept 15, they will miss out on the "VIP rewards" for the "1st Year anniversary". The "VIP" items is only for those "who have reached light level 30 or who previously purchased expansion I or II by August 31, 2105".

I still think the game is mostly great, however this fiasco has made me question whether or not I will continue to purchase the expansions.
 
 
 
Posted by ModifiedSoul
On Friday 26 Jun 2015 12:26 PM
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26 June 2015, 11:35 AM Reply to ReaperCrew
ModifiedSoul, you are absolutely correct, however if new players wait for "Destiny: The Taken King - Digital Collector's Edition", for example, which is due for release Sept 15, they will miss out on the "VIP rewards" for the "1st Year anniversary". The "VIP" items is only for those "who have reached light level 30 or who previously purchased expansion I or II by August 31, 2105".

I still think the game is mostly great, however this fiasco has made me question whether or not I will continue to purchase the expansions.
youd think buying that would at least unlock the already released expansions and core game haha

i like the game as well, its just a game after all but i kinda gave up on it once The Dark Below came out and it shat on everyone who really stuck time and effort into The Vault. i own House of Wolves and am still yet to play it, just cant see the point right now when historically all i have to do is wait for the vendors gear to out class Raid gear (not 100% sure how house of wolves does it this time)
Maybe when i get some dead time in my play list i'll come back to it,, but thats not gonna happen anytime soon with all the awesome titles on XB and PS coming out
 
 
 
Posted by ModifiedSoul
On Friday 26 Jun 2015 12:29 PM
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oh haha looks like it may in fact let you play the already released content this is written in the Bundle details section in that link i provided above
"Pre-purchase to immediately begin playing Destiny and both Expansions today!"

still not playing it though
 
 
 
Posted by SpawnSeekSlay
On Friday 26 Jun 2015 1:49 PM
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Activision doing there thing. People blaming just Bungie and even though some blame does come to them accepting this and giving rubbish content at a steep price , more blame should be put on Activision.
My time in Destiny will come to an end come TTK.
Got my moneys worth though a love hate relationship, Good idea, good shooting mechanics, terrible story and overall execution, only thing that saved it was the good banter of the NZG crew.
 
 
 
Posted by jtbthatsme
On Friday 26 Jun 2015 2:15 PM
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Love the way they think they're doing us a solid by making that exclusive stuff available as DLC. Free DLC yes but oh $60 for your season pass which won't cover the first year, another $60+ for TTK and $60 for the original game so that's around $200 if you want that extra little DLC nice bonus too.

I'm with Modified haven't even played House of Wolves yet.

The way I see it you can polish a turd and make it looks all shiny but it's still a turd. The only good thing about this game for me was the community and that was only as good because of the marketing prior to release if they'd not sold us all on the idea of this being the next greatest thing then this game would be dead already with no need to keep making average DLC content at high prices.

Make the DLC cheap everyone buys it, everyone talks about it (generally positively) and in a worst case scenario of it being rubbish or poorly put together/executed then we've not lost a lot and the devs have still made a good profit.
 
 
 
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Posted by Mark-Mac
On Friday 26 Jun 2015 2:31 PM
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JB hit the nail on the head. The Season Pass that only includes the first two expansions was enough to put me off this game. Its quite disgraceful, the amount of money they expect people to spend just to keep up with new content. In the end, what was promised was a huge world to explore and they've only kind of delivered from what I can see, with extra payments mandatory to be able to experience anything new.
 
 
 
Posted by predatorhunter
On Friday 26 Jun 2015 6:14 PM
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this game is fun but lacks content in a big way. and charging for what should be in the game already is horrible. i realise lots of DLC is similar but atleast those games are shipped with decent content already.
 
 
 
Posted by supabowl
On Friday 26 Jun 2015 8:46 PM
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Kind of with a lot of the other people here, price point is a bit steep. Making the collectors edition items available as a dlc also just seems like they will make more money off it.
 
 
 
Posted by Metdevil
On Friday 26 Jun 2015 9:56 PM
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d*ck move, Bungie. d*ck move.
"We're sorry about the collector's edition bull crap, give us money to make it up to you"
What they've described there isn't a DLC, it's a microtransaction (that'll likely cost us NZers a good $15)
 
 
 
Posted by Rocky1986
On Sunday 28 Jun 2015 7:08 AM
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Isnt this the most expensive game ever made? They might still be trying to make ends meet haha
 
 
 
Posted by Ethan01
On Monday 29 Jun 2015 2:19 PM
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as long as it has a new raid i'm happy but that original price tag for the expansion was a joke that's like paying for the game again
 
 
 
Posted by birdman
On Monday 29 Jun 2015 3:17 PM
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26 June 2015, 01:49 PM Reply to SpawnSeekSlay
Activision doing there thing. People blaming just Bungie and even though some blame does come to them accepting this and giving rubbish content at a steep price , more blame should be put on Activision.
My time in Destiny will come to an end come TTK.
Got my moneys worth though a love hate relationship, Good idea, good shooting mechanics, terrible story and overall execution, only thing that saved it was the good banter of the NZG crew.
I'll be doing exactly the same and will hope that we can pick up the NZG crew and banter come Battlefront. I feel sorry for the mugs that will happily fork out for this and be disappointed yet again as we were after CE and HoW.