Video Game Tuesday: Why Bungie’s Plan is a Failure Already

Michael Blaker
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This week for Video Game Tuesday I’m holding nothing back anymore. I’ve had it with Bungie’s Plan for the future.

What Plan?: Last week Activision and Bungie both confirmed that Destiny 2 is coming out in 2017 Spring (Watch, it’ll get delayed until September) and that we’d get an “Expansion” sometime this upcoming fall. Also they’re raising the level cap in Destiny sometime this Spring (Probably in May or June).

How is it already a Failure?: Easy, first off for a game that had so much money poured into it, such a lack of content for up to a year and a half, at the bare minimum, and the lack of any details regarding it is unacceptable.

Secondly remember that the term “Expansion” when used by Bungie has meant things like The Dark Below, which was great for maybe the first week. Otherwise it was absolutely terrible.  I feel like an idiot regarding how much I was expecting from the game pre release and shortly afterwards. The Dark Below offered no expanded Patrols, and barely anything new mission wise.

Thirdly and finally, they didn’t even even go into detail regarding the Level Cap increase. Is it an increase to the base levels meaning we can get to 50? Or is it a raising of the Light Level cap, which is way more likely, and thus not only doesn’t add anything to the game, but is pretty much giving the middle finger to every player by saying “hah, and you thought “Forever 319″ was bad.” It doesn’t even matter if they add any new “missions” or exotic quest lines. Such content will satisfy players for a few hours at most, and in a game that strives to be an MMO, a few hours of additional content is laughable.

If they hope to prove me and others wrong, they’ll need to bring out a new patrol zone, new subclasses, missions, strikes and raids in the Spring Update. Needless to say that the likelyhood of any of that happening is so low as to be statistically impossible.

Bungie’s gone and screwed this up big this time with their vague bullshit and non answers. People like me wouldn’t be so angry if we could just get some straight answers to important questions in a timely manner (read: a day or two at the most) instead of after months.

That’s it for this week’s Video Game Tuesday. The ball is in your court Bungie, prove me wrong.

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