Destiny 2 Dev Admits "Unacceptable" Mistakes Of Locking Some Activities Behind DLC Paywall

Bungie announces huge changes for the PS4, Xbox One, and PC game.

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Following the launch of Destiny 2's Curse of Osiris expansion last week, players discovered that--as with Destiny 1--some activities became locked behind the DLC paywall. Players were understandably upset about this, and now Bungie has responded. In a blog post, Bungie started off by saying, "it's clear that we've made some mistakes with how we have handled content access."

The Prestige Nightfall saw its Power level cap requirement increased to a point that non-DLC owners cannot reach, rendering it inaccessible to them. The same is true for the Prestige version of the Leviathan Raid, which means it's not possible to earn the Achievement/Trophy for completing a Prestige Nightfall or Raid. Additionally, Trials of the Nine was affected by the recent DLC launch.

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"We've heard from the community that both of these plans aren't working," Bungie said. "The Prestige Raid was a novel experience that players value, even if they don't own Curse of Osiris, and it was a mistake to move that experience out of reach. Throughout the lifetime of the Destiny Franchise, Trials has always required that players owned the latest Expansion. However, for Destiny 2, Trials of The Nine launched as part of the main game, so it's not right for us to remove access to it.

"To make matters worse, our team overlooked the fact that both of these mistakes disabled Trophies and Achievements for Destiny 2. This was an unacceptable lapse on our part, and we can understand the frustration it has created."

To make up for these issues, Bungie is releasing a hotfix this that includes all of the extensive changes listed below. The changes are significant; for example, the Power level for the Prestige Leviathan Raid is coming back down to 300, while Trials of the Nine will be open to everyone, though when it's a Curse of Osiris DLC map, you will of course have to own the content to play it. Due to this update, Bungie is delaying the launch of the new Faction Rally event.

Destiny 2 Hotfix Changes:

  • The Prestige Leviathan Raid will be brought back down to Power 300, and its rewards will drop down to match the new Power Level. All players will regain access to the Prestige Raid.
    • This will allow access to “The Prestige” Achievement/Trophy for all players.
    • This will also allow all players ability to complete the final step for the Legend of Acrius Exotic Shotgun.
  • Trials of The Nine will only require Curse of Osiris when it features a Curse of Osiris map. For all other weeks, it will be available to all players.
    • This will allow access to “Lest Ye Be Judged” Achievement/Trophy for all players.
    • Trials of The Nine rewards that launched with Destiny 2 will still be accessible to all players.
    • New Seasonal Rewards that launched with Curse of Osiris, such as the new Seasonal Armor Ornaments, will require ownership of Curse of Osiris to acquire.
  • The Prestige Nightfall will remain a pinnacle activity, at the new 330 Power cap.
    • This means Prestige Nightfall will require ownership of Curse of Osiris.
    • Because of this, we will update “The Prestige” Achievement/Trophy to only reference The Prestige Raid.
    • Moving forward, we are investigating adding a 3rd difficulty to all Prestige activities, so that we can provide both a challenge that stays relevant with each new Expansion, and a Prestige version that is available to all players.
  • Normal Nightfall will only require Curse of Osiris when it features a Curse of Osiris map. For all other weeks it will be available to all players.
  • Time limited events – Iron Banner, Faction Rally, and The Dawning, will be made available to all players.
    • We will be postponing tomorrow's Faction Rally, to ensure all of our players can access the activity and the appropriate rewards.
    • Iron Banner and Faction Rally rewards that launched with Destiny 2 will still be accessible to all players.
    • New Seasonal Rewards that launch with Curse of Osiris, such as the new Seasonal Armor Ornaments, will require ownership of Curse of Osiris to acquire.

Bungie has vowed to improve its communication and level of transparency with fans. This has become an important issue, as players previously discovered an undisclosed system that throttled the amount of XP that could be earned from certain activities. Bungie subsequently disabled this.

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