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Destiny 2: The Witch Queen to lock dungeons behind Deluxe Edition & separate purchases

You'll need to buy the Deluxe Edition of The Witch Queen in order to play Destiny 2's new dungeons.


The Witch Queen is an upcoming DLC expansion for Destiny 2 that’s set to bring some major additions to the sci-fi adventure. In addition to expanding the story and lore, The Witch Queen will also add new items and content for players to dig into. This includes dungeons, which usually provide a great challenge as well as equally great loot. However, it’s now been confirmed by Bungie that these new dungeons will not be available to those that purchase the Standard Edition of The Witch Queen, and will only be available to owners of the Deluxe Edition.

There had been some confusion amongst Destiny 2 players as to whether or not they would be able to access the new dungeons and Season passes coming in Year 5 through the Standard Edition of The Witch Queen. Cozmo, one of the game’s Community Manager took to a Reddit thread earlier this week to clarify exactly how things will work.

It’s a decision that’s clearly disappointed fans, as evident by the more than 2000 downvotes on the comment. If players don’t want to spring for the $79.99 USD Deluxe Edition of The Witch Queen, they will also have the option to purchase the new dungeons separately later on.

Destiny 2: The Witch Queen will launch on February 22, 2021. Count on Shacknews for all your Destiny 2 needs, including in-depth guides and walkthroughs.

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      October 20, 2021 1:14 PM

      Of course they are. Fuck Bungie.

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        October 20, 2021 2:50 PM

        Asking people to pay for content? Oh no.

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          October 20, 2021 3:19 PM

          Locking content behind paid tiers is bullshit. Add that to them taking away content I paid for when they put shit in the vault, fuck them and their game.

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      October 20, 2021 1:15 PM

      This is not a wise decision on Bungies part.

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        October 20, 2021 2:49 PM

        It’s really not that big of a deal

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          October 20, 2021 4:15 PM

          Segmenting the player pop for the dungeons will make them harder to run. Making new dungeons a paid option while they've been free since introduction to the game is rough. Saying they aren't included when you buy one season pass, only if you buy four is also a bit much. If they lock certain drops to said dungeons, Hell will be unleashed from the community.

          Ultimately it won't bug me too bad, but the expansions have been a bit thin in the past. Locking content behind higher tiers beyond the expansion purchase feels wrong.

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            October 20, 2021 5:30 PM

            Doubtful that it’s going to make any noticeable difference on being able to run it. Most players buy the deluxe edition.

            Drops are already limited by season or expansion. Not sure why these would be any different.

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      October 20, 2021 2:10 PM

      Oh look, I have even less reason to go back to Destiny 2.

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      October 20, 2021 2:48 PM

      I think a lot of people outraged at this are a little unclear about the usage of Dungeon in the Destiny sense.

      It’s not a dungeon like WoW. Those are strikes.
      Dungeons in Destiny are more of a mini raid. Strikes tend to be tied to story beats from the campaign while dungeons are separate.
      They’re generally large environments with room to explore along the way.
      They contain full new armor and/or weapon sets.

      That said, if anyone is a frequent Destiny player, there’s zero reason why they would get the base version of the expansion. The game lives with it’s season model. Paying for it all up front is way too easy.

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        October 20, 2021 3:00 PM

        I know exactly what they are. It's still asinine. Specifically, not including them with the seasons themselves is asinine.

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      October 20, 2021 3:07 PM

      yea, i fell off their money schemes early on. I and playing it again since gamepass gives me access to everything i skipped, but no chance i will be paying more their next expansion

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      October 20, 2021 3:42 PM

      Can't say I'm too shocked by this change and just means I'm even more happy w my choice of not playing the game the last 2 years.

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      October 20, 2021 3:48 PM

      Wow, what value! A spanking new expansion I'll be time limited to play until they randomly vault it

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        October 20, 2021 5:06 PM

        Oh you mean the content that’s been sitting basically unplayed and not relevant for years.

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          October 20, 2021 5:47 PM

          i think if you do a little bit more of this, bungie might respond to your text or even fuck you

          don't stop defending them, pls. harder

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            October 20, 2021 5:52 PM

            Sorry bro. Not going to lose sleep over $10/year.

            Also get some new material. A ‘might fuck you’ joke in 2021? Bitch please.

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              October 20, 2021 5:54 PM

              i'm sure you won't. shit i won't either. i stopped playing that trash can of a game years ago.

              godspeed. hope you get through the content before they disable it!

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              October 20, 2021 5:54 PM

              Tbf you can easily exhaust all the content in destiny 2's xpac in less than a year, using your sub comparison to like a traditional MMO you would just stop your sub

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                October 20, 2021 5:56 PM

                If I was paying sub fees like an old school mmo I’d be paying $180/year.

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                October 20, 2021 5:56 PM

                Nah you can't exhaust it in a year now because they release it one week at a time now.

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