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Destiny 2 Players Are Outraged Over The New Paywall

Bungie is changing the way it charges players for new "Destiny 2" content when its "Witch Queen" expansion releases. Unfortunately, players are not happy about it. Over on the Destiny subreddit, community manager Chris "Cozmo23" Shannon posted a comment clarifying the changes coming in the future.

"If you get the Digital Deluxe Edition of The Witch Queen you will receive the expansion, all four Seasons for the next year, and the two Dungeons. If you get the Standard Edition, you can still upgrade to the Deluxe Edition to get the dungeons later. We will also be offering a separate way for you to purchase the Dungeons in the future, but they will not be included in the Season passes," Shannon explained.

This comment was downvoted heavily, sitting at over -2000 — and understandably so. The dungeons had previously been included with the purchase of the new expansion, but now Bungie will charge extra for the two dungeons releasing next year. The base expansion, which costs $40 will not include the dungeons. Players can get access to the dungeons with the Deluxe Edition that costs $80. The deluxe edition also includes all four season passes for that year of Destiny 2, but some players might not want to shell out the extra cash up front. For many gamers, Bungie's move might seem like the latest cash grab in a game already full of microtransactions, so why are players so angry? 

Destiny 2 players are heated over this decision

Bungie said that the dungeons will be able to purchase separately, although it didn't specify how much they'll cost. The "Destiny 2" community is regularly outraged at the game, whether it be over fan art in the "Witch Queen" trailer or an NPC not remembering the events of a quest players just completed. This time, players feel that Bungie is trying to squeeze as much money out of them as possible.

"Bungie is showing they only care about your wallet. ... They don't give two craps about the community as a whole or us, the regular players with this," Radiolotek argued. Other fans clarified that they weren't angry at Shannon specifically, but that Bungie's actions had disappointed the community as a whole. "I know you're just the messenger, but this is gross. Breaking the game down into increasingly small purchases really ain't it," de1irium added.

Many of the upvoted comments were critical of this decision and it seems like players all agree that the choice is upsetting and potentially devastating. Some previous dungeons have been vaulted by Bungie, so players felt concerned they are being charged extra for content that will eventually get removed from the game down the line. Bungie has not responded to the outcry at the time of writing. The "Destiny 2 Witch Queen" expansion releases on February 22, 2022.