Destiny: The Taken King launched earlier this year and marked the second lease on life for the console shooter / MMO, with what amounted to a pseudo-expansion; which added a couple of extra tid-bits for the die-hard fans. It seems that is the last “true” expansion Destiny players will receive, with the game’s future content releases looking a little different.
At the PlayStation Experience event Derek Carroll, a senior designer at Bungie, said that the studio is “moving to a more event-based model” rather than releasing larger story-based expansions that people have to pay for. Examples of this new model can be seen in how Bungie celebrated Halloween in Destiny, with a two-week event called the Festival of the Lost in late October; and with the game’s winter event, the Sparrow Racing League, arriving today.
“Rather than doing these giant, monolithic DLC packs, this way everybody who’s an owner of Taken King can enjoy these things,” Carroll told Eurogamer. When asked why Bungie and publisher Activision had changed their monetizing approach, he said, “I don’t know how deep I can get into that. But basically the live team is charged with maintaining the game and keeping players happy, feeding them new content and surprising them with things they didn’t expect.”
When asked if players can expect these events to remain free, Carroll noted that the aforementioned events didn’t cost the player anything, saying “[that] If you wanted to extrapolate from there, you could.”
Carroll’s announcements seem to support a Kotaku report from earlier this year that said that Activision and Bungie were introducing microtransactions into Destiny, and would regularly be offering new Taken King content for free alongside paid cosmetic items like emotes. And wouldn’t you know it, Bungie announced the debut of the Eververse Trading Company soon after, which sells emotes and more. Kotaku’s report further stipulated that Activision and Bungie’s new plan was to keep Destiny going with regular, smaller content updates until the release of a full sequel in September 2016.
Unsurprisingly, neither Bungie nor Activision would comment on Kotaku’s report. Polygon chased up the speculation surrounding Carroll’s comments at PSX , with Activison PR responding “We don’t have any expansions planned for this year. We’ve yet to announce plans for 2016.”