Last week, the first expansion for Destiny 2, ‘Curse of Osiris’ dropped. The studio quickly drew harsh criticism from players, once they realized that anyone who didn’t buy the expansion was now locked out of some high-level content that they could previously play. This included the Prestige versions of the Leviathan raid and weekly Nightfall strike on the player-versus-environment side and Trials of the Nine and Iron Banner in the player-versus-player Crucible. All four of these activities offer some of the highest-class loot in all of Destiny 2.
Expansion I is US$19.99 or;
Expansion Pass (Expansion I & II) is US$34.99
This is similar to how things worked in the first Destiny game. We were unsure if Bungie would go back on this, but it seems that the studio has heard the complaints of its players and will be rolling back on gated content.
Bungie studios wrote: “With Curse of Osiris now live, it’s clear that we’ve made some mistakes with how we have handled content access”. If Destiny players didn’t already have issues with the sequel, then the outcry over gated content may have been ignored. However, given the recent controversy surrounding hidden XP scaling, Bungie has dedicated itself to listening to the player base.
With that in mind, changes are to be introduced in today’s Dec 12th patch, meaningless content will be gated for those who choose not to buy the expansion.
Noteworthy changes from this latest patch:
- The Prestige Nightfall is staying at the new power level cap, 330, so it will still require Curse of Osiris. However, Bungie is revising the trophy/achievement associated with Prestige activities to only reference the Prestige raid
- Nightfall will remain available to everyone except during the weeks when the strike in question comes from Curse of Osiris. The same will apply for Trials of the Nine: All Destiny 2 players will have access to it unless it features a Curse of Osiris map.
- Limited-time events, which include The Dawning, Iron Banner and Faction Rally, will now be open to everyone. Of course, any expansion-exclusive loot, like the seasonal armor ornaments that debuted in Curse of Osiris, will be available only to people who have bought the expansion.
- This update will not address the heroic strike playlist. Bungie said it is working on future updates to that playlist, including “new challenges, new Modifiers, and free access for all players.”
- It will also include updates like the debut of Masterwork weapons, Fated Engrams and other ways to spend Legendary Shards, as well as the reintroduction of Three of Coins.