Over the weekend, a series of Destiny leaks surfaced that revealed forthcoming content that developer Bungie had yet to say much about. The leaks, which included both screenshots and video, highlighted new Raids and Strike missions, many of which are believed to be tied to Destiny's upcoming DLC expansions.
At the time of the leak, most expected that Bungie was none too happy with its contents. Given the strong ties to pre-existing DLC names it was all but confirmed that this invisible content (to most) was actually part of their forthcoming content plans. And now Bungie has come forward to say those assumptions were correct.
However, in doing so Bungie has also drawn some undue, and very negative, attention their way. A blog post from Community Manager Deej reveals that, yes, the leaked info is part of Bungie's upcoming plans for Destiny. As Deej explains, the developer is hard at work on that new content right now, and should be finished with The Dark Below Strikes and Raids "soon."
The Bungie CM also promises fans that the team will have more to say about Destiny post-release content soon, but doesn't say much more than that. Either way, curious players can read the full post here.
People at Bungie are hard at work to complete content for our first post launch pack, "The Dark Below," as I type these words. It will be finished soon. It releases in December. Soon, we'll detail it out for you so you can see exactly what we've been working on.
However, while Bungie felt like coming out to say "You got us" was the right thing to do, their post has unfortunately drawn harsh criticism from gamers. Some are lambasting the developer for working on new paid content while the base game lacks polish, especially the loot system. While others feel Bungie should be focusing on fleshing out Destiny's retail package with new missions before they start asking players to fork over money again.
There's no question that these players have strong points, but it doesn't seem like Bungie is changing their trajectory anytime soon. In fact, at some points it actually seems as if Bungie is running opposite the Destiny fan base, disabling loot caves and killing worthwhile Ascendant Shard farming opportunities.
Nevertheless, the good news is new content is on the way. It may not be as substantial as players expected, and working on it might have detracted from the retail product, but it's coming all the same. And hopefully Bungie will have more to say about how exactly it "expands" on the Destiny story and experience in the near future.
How do you feel about Bungie working on DLC while many deem the base Destiny experience lacking? Will you end up buying the expansions regardless?
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