Bungie's Destiny 2 is the latest game to be criticized for locked content

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Dec 13, 2017

Bungie, the creator of Halo, is the latest game developer to find itself in hot water with the players of its products. The controversy centers on Destiny 2, particularly the expansion known as The Curse of Osiris. The DLC retroactively locked parts of the game that were available for free prior to the expansion's release. In order to access things like end-of-game "Prestige Raid," you'd have to buy Osiris.

After a strong backlash, however, Bungie's development team issued a formal apology, saying that it listened to fans' concerns and would unlock certain content that was previously free. 

"It’s clear that we’ve made some mistakes with how we have handled content access," wrote the developer on its website, before offering to "talk through the reasoning behind our decisions" and elaborating on what it was planning to change, including unlocking select content.

Bungie/Activision did not immediately respond to SYFY WIRE's request for comment.

A similar "pay-to-play" situation happened with Electronic Arts and its release of Star Wars Battlefront II. The company ended up issuing its own apology that promised to fix a bunch of locked gameplay. However, if the freefall of EA's stock is any indication, Bungie and its publisher, Activision, might be facing the same predicament. 

As expected, fans used Twitter as a sounding board to make their complaints heard, and, surprisingly, even the people who bought the expansion thought it was kind of boring. 

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