Destiny Dev Promises Loyalty Perks After Collector's Edition Outrage

"Year-one" players expected to receive bonus in-game content; Other content still locked into Collector's Edition.

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Early adopters of Bungie's FPS Destiny have been promised that they will receive a number of exclusive perks in the future, as a thank-you for their loyalty.

Bungie community manager David Dague made the pledge following backlash against the company for locking other perks into expensive bundles.

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The controversy stems from what Bungie is adding to the collector's edition of its next expansion, The Taken King.

Only those who buy this deluxe bundle will receive some exclusive emotes and other in-game items. Those who buy the standard Taken King expansion will not receive these.

The matter is complicated further because The Taken King Collector's Edition is a vast bundle of Destiny's first three expansions, as well as the base game, and is priced at $80. It means that loyal players, if they want to acquire the bonus emotes, must pay for all this content once again.

Bungie's relationship with its online community envenomed further following an interview with The Taken King's creative director, Luke Smith, who appeared to not fully grasp the problem.

Then late on Monday, following a wave of complaints from Destiny fans, Dague promised that loyal fans would be receiving bonuses.

Dague told Forbes: “Year-one players won’t get the same perks as people who buy a collector’s edition. They’ll get something better. Tune into the Weekly Update for more."

It is still unclear what this content is, and who will receive it, and who won't, and when it will arrive, and whether new players can buy it, and whether the other add-on content will remain locked to the Collector's Edition.

GameSpot went hands-on with the new Destiny content at E3. Read our previews of The Taken King's story and new multiplayer mode for impressions.

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