Bungie apologizes after locking Destiny 2 base-game content behind a paywall

The problem is that Destiny 2 now locks certain content, like the Prestige Raid and even some previously-accessible achievements, behind the expansion. With every Destiny expansion the Power Level rises. Power Level is a gauge of how powerful your armor and weapons are so that you can take on more daunting challenges.

Activities like the Prestige Raid require the maximum Power Level. Since the Power Level rose in Curse of Osiris, those who own the base game can't play the Prestige Raid anymore. What's most surprising is that it even blocks gamers from earning an achievement because you can't play the Prestige Raid and earn "The Prestige" achievement. While it might be understandable why Bungie wanted to make the Prestige Raid — the ultimate challenge in the game — for the highest-level players, it's unacceptable that they locked an achievement which anyone could earn before behind a paywall.

High-profile developers angering their fans has almost become somewhat of a tradition this year, as Bungie's practice triggered a lot of outrage in the community. The idea of locking activities that were part of the base game behind an expansion just screams of anti-consumer behavior, and as expected, Bungie has relented. Bungie issued another apology on their website and said that they would make the necessary changes. The changes coming to Destiny 2 this week which unlock content for the base version are as follows.

  • The Prestige Leviathan Raid will be brought back down to Power Level 300, and its rewards will drop down to match the new Power Level. All players will regain access to the Prestige Raid. All players will be able to earn "The Prestige" achievement too.
  • Trials of The Nine will only require Curse of Osiris when it features a Curse of Osiris map. For all other weeks, it will be available to all players. This will allow all players to access the "Lest Ye Be Judged" achievement again.
  • Normal Nightfall will only require Curse of Osiris when it features a Curse of Osiris map.
  • Time limited events like the Iron Banner, Faction Rally, and The Dawning will be available to all players.
  • The Prestige Nightfall will remain a pinnacle activity, at the new 330 Power Level. This means that the Prestige Nightfall will require ownership of Curse of Osiris. "The Prestige" achievement will be updated so you only have to beat the Prestige Raid.

It's great to see Bungie quickly fixing these issues but it would've been even better had they made the Prestige Nightfall accessible to everyone. That's still locking content away which was available in the base game. The developer expects the changes to go live tomorrow at the end of scheduled maintenance. Moving forward, they're also looking into improving Heroic Strikes and other activities to be more inclusive.

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