The Starter Pack for Bungie’s shared world first-person shooter, Destiny 2, has been de-listed after a community outrage over its pricing.
As per Bungie, included in the Destiny 2 Starter Pack was a “supercharged arsenal for Guardians to begin their adventure”. It gave players instant access to three Exotic weapons, namely Traveler’s Chosen, the Ruinous Effigy, and Sleeper Simulant. In addition, it grants players a new Exotic ship, an Exotic Sparrow, and an Exotic Ghost Shell. In addition, the Starter Pack included 125,000 Glimmer, 50 Enhancement Cores, 5 Enhancement Prisms, and 1 Ascendant Shard for players to upgrade their gear with.
Content of this nature is generally given away to fresh recruits for free in MMOs, but here Bungie is, or rather was, charging $15. It’s probably why the developer decided to pull the plug on it after backlash from the community.
The Starter Pack was met with mixed review on Steam. One review stated, “For those starting or getting into Destiny, DO NOT BUY THIS. After all the years of feedback someone is still tone deaf at Bungie to release this pack… Most people are only buying this for the sparrow and ship but I DO NOT RECOMMEND THIS to new players or those getting into the game… Everything in this pack can be acquired (…). The materials in this pack can be attained in 1-2 runs of a nightfall. Guardians like me will help you for FREE. Sorry I Love Destiny and want it to succeed but it’s a big shame that stuff like this is allowed to happen.”
Another Steam user said, “This pack is definitely for people wanting the vehicles, the exotics listed here, or some mix in-between. It’s not a starter pack and is misleading to call it such. I cannot recommend it because it makes it harder to trust Destiny to be a playable, functional game when the corporation part does stuff like this. There are better ways to offer new players an easy leap into the game.”
A dissatisfied community will result in a loss of active players, and that’s unfortunately what is happening with Destiny 2 at the moment.