Destiny: The Taken King Collector's Edition Content Now Available Separately

You can get those shaders and class items for a bit more.

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Destiny developer Bungie sparked controversy this week as it became known that some in-game items would only be available with the purchase of Destiny: The Taken King's Collector's Edition.

Several class items, shaders, and emotes were to be locked behind the $80 purchase, meaning that current players would have to buy the base game and first two expansions again to get those items. Yesterday, I wrote an editorial about how Bungie should fix this by letting loyal players get this content in a different way.

Collector's Edition content
Collector's Edition content

Bungie listened to the criticism and today in its Weekly Update announced that the digital items in the Collector's Edition would be available as a purchase outside of that version of the game. The Taken King creative director Luke Smith explained that players will be able to buy a $20 upgrade to the $40 expansion to get that digital content. In other words, players who own the base game and its previous expansions can pay $60 to get The Taken King, the class items, the shaders, and the emotes.

Players who have reached level 30 or have played both prior expansions will still rank as VIPs and will receive some exclusive rewards. You can see the VIP shader, emblem, and sparrow below:

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The Taken King launches in September, and it will feature a new raid, some strikes, a new story, and multiplayer changes and additions. Check out our previews of the multiplayer and the story.

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Hey I want to get this but how? If I buy the 40 $ ttk does it pop up? If anyone could help that would be appreciated.

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One thing is true... It's not free to maintain the servers running, updates and all this new stuff they introduce in the dlc... Not that it's worth it, but comparing to other mmo which are free to play every exotic or legendary kind of fart you need to keep up with high lvl quests and pvp, you pay and you are constantly being pissed off about hackers and cheaters? I'm going to cry about it but I'll pay just to keep things running smoothly. Can't complain about the game quality at all... But then if I don't spend £40 in the dlc I will probably spend twice getting toasted in a night out with friends.

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Our digital drug dealer raises the prices after we are hooked. 20$ for the dark below, then 20$ for shaders and emotes. I firmly understand both sides of the financial argument. But however we look at it, there is a very visceral pain to be part of this digital drug trade.

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Yeeaaaah, I'm not paying for DLC twice.

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Edited By Atzenkiller

Yeah, no surprise there. Altough the "loyal" fans will probably gladly buy it all all over again.

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@Atzenkiller: You don't have to say probably, they absolutely will.

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The only thing I can think of, within reason, that explains this level of greed is that Activision needs to make more money off of this franchise pronto. They have invested a ton in it so far and it is essentially played as much as an MMO but without all of the subscriptions to pay for pricey server maintenance.

Obviously, charging players a sub would be way worse, so they are monetizing in other shady ways.

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@spikepigeo: "Shady" ways hehehe

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"BUT LISTEN....THE EMOTES! ONCE YOU SEE THESE EMOTES YOU'LL BE THROWING MONEY AT YOUR SCREEN!!!! GUYS! EEEEEMOOOOTTTTTTTTTTEEEEEEEEES!"

Cant believe people are actually going to waste money on this bullshit.

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@crepingdeath: Die hard fans will pay for this sadly. Some of us are a bit smarter when it comes to the value of content. The majority of players are only going to make things worse for consumers.

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Edited By N7SSJ

yeah, you could save money for this stuff and afford it, everyone is aware of how to save money. the problem still is the price. This extra content is absolutely NOT worth as much as one of the previous expansions.

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Edited By FattyCoats

Holy crap, I am so sick and tired of all the whiners about this. The average hour per user is 177 hours. Let's say you never play and to date you only have 50 hours. Where can you find 50 hours of entertainment for $60? Add TTK in and you're at $100. Big flipping deal. Try going out to eat at a decent restaurant, having a few drinks, and then going out to a movie. Destiny has been out for 1 year now, so your $60 breaks down to $5 a month. You're not entitled to anything. If you don't like it, don't play it.

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@fattycoats: I can get close to 500hours of entertainment off a pack of cards before they wear out and that costs me under a fiver. Better still I've gotten 3000+ hours off of Dota 2 and that cost me nothing. I see your point though...

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@zokoye: I agree with the cards 100% :) but if the maker of your deck of cards introduced a new suite, you wouldn't expect them to send it to you for free would you?

I think most of the people complaining are broke kids. Wait till they become an adult and see how you can rack up a $300 bar tab in a few hours. :)

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@fattycoats: Way to completely dodge the point. The outrage came from the class act who worked for Bungie sitting there and dismissing the fact that if the person who was interviewing him wanted the emotes and other goodies bad enough, he'll just buy the entire game twice. He also fell just short of insisting it was worth it with his stupid line about throwing money at the screen.

We get it, you bought Destiny, buy DLC, will probably buy this one, and have no regrets. Good for you. Spare us the anecdotes.

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@fattycoats: I'm not a broke kid, just someone that doesn't see the value in a $40 expansion. Would I buy it for $20? Most likely. Would I buy it at $30? Iffy. Would I buy it at $40? Nope. If you purchased the game at launch ($60), then this DLC is 66.7% the cost of a new game. Does one DLC justify the cost of 2/3 of a new game? In my opinion, no. Does it have 2/3 the content of a new game? Probably not.

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@StryfeBringer: Then here is an idea, don't play the game and don't buy the expansion. It is 100% voluntary. Value? Honestly, you're whining about $20. I play sporadically, sometimes going 7-10 days without logging in, I still have close to 600 hours into the game since launch. Even if I added the new $40 into the cost of the game, along with the other expansions, it comes out to about .18 cents an hour. 18 MOTHER SCRATCHING CENTS! I can't even drink crappy beer for that price. Now that's a value.

I am guessing that Bungie and their team of investors, probably realized, they do not have as many consistent players as anticipated, it is summer when people will be less likely to be a couch potato, and there are some major titles coming out that will put a dent in their numbers (Halo 5, Fallout 4, Star Wars Battlefront, not to mention Elder Scrolls that is already out), hence the extra $20.

And again, if you do not like, do not play it or buy it.

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@fattycoats: Says they will not buy it, you respond ''do not play it or buy it", after straw man argument. LOL

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@fattycoats: "... I am guessing that Bungie and their team of investors, probably realized, they do not have as many consistent players as anticipated, it is summer when people will be less likely to be a couch potato, and there are some major titles coming out that will put a dent in their numbers (Halo 5, Fallout 4, Star Wars Battlefront, not to mention Elder Scrolls that is already out), hence the extra $20."

Yes, that is sound logic there. What do businesses do when traffic is low and they want to drum up more customers? Raise prices?!?! Wrong. Having fewer players is not driving this decision to price the DLC to $40.

Like I said, the price of the DLC doesn't reflect the value that I see in it. You are correct, it is totally voluntary and I do not have to purchase it. And I won't.

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@fattycoats: Well said.

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I was hoping they would say for day 1 vets u could get taken King for $20 and get the extra for $20 but $60??

Nah I'll pass

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I was hoping they would say for day 1 vets u could get taken King for $20 and get the extra for $20 but $60??

Nah I'll pass

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I was hoping they would say for day 1 vets u could get taken King for $20 and get the extra for $20 but $60??

Nah I'll pass

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Not going to buy TTK nor this content pack. Still costs way too much. I've done the alpha and beta of Destiny and have all of the current DLC's. However, to ask for $40 for a dlc and then another $20 for extra content is just too much. I will not be 'throwing money at the screen.' Nope.

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@StryfeBringer: i just dont understand how they can say that this package is the same value as TDB or HOW. i mean, those pieces of "dlc" arnt worth their own asking price (suckered into the season pass) but to put them as equals as something that should be included in the base component of the TTK expansion which is overpriced itself is ridiculous.

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@S001_PRIMAL: Whats worst, is the fact most of the content in the first 2 expansions you need a group of friends to get most of the content, funny, i don't remember getting everything in a game like borderlands 2 (Loot game that is really fun and has a good story) with a "group" of friends.

I bought into the hype thinking Destiny was going to be a game like Borderlands and getting legendarys and exotic loot, They should of advertised this game as a "team only" loot fest (yeah I'm talking about the raids & ToO). Borderlands gave us alot more content for 9.99$ whereas Destiny gave some of us that actually bought the "hype" and dlc at 19.99 just to do the POE level 28.

It would be so much simpler if Bungie took the borderlands approach and add the "option" for having matchmaking. notice the quotation marks for options? I didn't know there was a LFG for destiny, 2 weeks after How came out. Its just so sad.

TTK will be 40-or 60$, how will this benefit me and others that don't group around?
Thought i read somewhere that there was thousands & thousands of Destiny players, but only so few have actually done the raids? Hmm Its time to rethink things Bungie....

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wow, to think that WB made better decisions regarding controversy. i never thought i would see the day when they cut content from dlc for more dlc. Then mark it up to the price of a full standalone dlc for the game. and we arnt even talking about micro transactions yet.

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Wow, Bungie. You are truly for the gamers!! Bravo!!

You just charged people $20 for three items of pixel crack. I don't know how you stay in the positive with all your generosity!

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I was never fussed by the cosmetic items, so it doesn't have much impact on me personally. Saying that, an apology in the form of a $20 separate purchase is just ridiculous. It would have been better for them to have just left it at the previous controversy.

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@serris2k4: haha yup,they think people cant do the math and figure out theyre being ripped off. The bigger problem is the "VIPs" are the ones being screwed.

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They have made so many stupid decisions, and we've complained. Yet they still keep making them, but it feels weird to keep complaining. you can't fix a stupid person. :))

they have no concept of evaluation, what so ever.

................ $20 for shaders and emotes = $20 RAID, 2 Strikes, Story Missions and new guns of DLCs ....................

You see. They don't get it :)) they really dooon't. =))

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This would have to be a whole new game for me to even consider. The price point is entirely unjustifiable.

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$20 for shaders, emotes, and class items?!?! meanwhile CDPR is giving away 16 DLC's that include new quests, armor, alt looks for NPC's, and on and on and on, for Free. smdh pathetic

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Edited By Thanatos2k

TWENTY DOLLARS? Jesus H. Christ. This is even worse.

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@Thanatos2k: How is it worse? It is the exact same thing....they just detached it. I really don't understand how people get mad about this stuff. It is very easy to not buy something that you don't want or think is low in value.

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@mesozoic25: It's the fact that they're charging so much money for that stuff, they could easily sell that for $5 and it'd be fine. $20 is ridiculous.

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@Stogin: That was not the point of my comment......OP said it was WORSE....when in fact it did not change at all.

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@mesozoic25: Not buying it does not make it any less of a disgusting rip off only bought by fools. It should not even exist. It should be included in the price of the expansion.

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That is some seriously dumbass content for $20 extra. I play all the time and will save my $.

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That is some seriously dumbass content for $20 extra. I play all the time and will save my $.

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That are some seriously dumbass content for $20 extra. I play all the time and will save my $.

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I play Destiny every now and then, whenever I feel like shooting aliens and all that. But they will not get my money for all this. I'm fine with dropping a couple of bucks on some little additions, but not 20 dollars on the equivalent of modern day Horse Armor DLC. I get free DLC from both the Witcher and GTA 5, so for them to think I'll pay anything over 5 dollars (my player assessment of the value) is bad business. I respond to this expansion by not buying it, I hope others do the same as well

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I refuse to pay for emotes. They're retarded and a complete wasted use of the dpad. It should be a more advanced method of selecting weapons without having to go into the menus's during battle and switch around your guns or gear. Total fail use of the dpad.

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@wookiepower4k: +1

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Glad I returned that $100 "collector's edition" last year. I knew Destiny players were going to get boned again.

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Hahaha. Dang, these guys just can't get it right. This is getting ridiculous. pay $20? hahahahahahahaha.

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Oh so I pay $60 instead of $80? Am I reading that right? When I read $20, I got excited thinking that's all I had to pay for the upgrade as I own the season pass. Had to re-read it a few times.. :\

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