So, the expansion is a mess, but it’s totally okay because Bungie knows and is going to fix it. Kind of. Acknowledging that it was maybe not the best plan ever to lock those players who didn’t buy it out of previously available activities is a start, though.
With the launch of The Curse of Osiris, some stuff – including the weekly Prestige raid and Nightfall strike – became inaccessible to players who didn’t also purchase the expansion, not only removing content from the game that they did purchase, but also effectively precluding some achievements. That’s obviously a no-no. Responding to the inevitable internet controversy in a post on its blog, Bungie admits that it “made some mistakes”, so that’s nice, even if the explanation is kind of lame-o.
“The Destiny endgame features a variety of activities and playlists that we want to remain relevant to players as they grow more powerful. In Destiny 1, as your character grew more powerful throughout each expansion, some of our best content, like Vault of Glass, was left behind and lost its relevance for players. We wanted a better solution for Destiny 2, where all of our Endgame activities could stay relevant as each Expansion causes your Guardian to grow more and more powerful,” the team writes.
This includes maintaining an expansion’s new level cap for the Prestige raid and Nightfall, and adding new DLC maps to the rotation for events like Trials of the Nine. Or not.
“We’ve heard from the community that both of these plans aren’t working. 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.”
Both of these issues will apparently be sorted out in an update expected to drop today, but it won’t make up for everything else that’s wrong with the expansion.