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Bungie Paywalls Destiny 2 Forums

Bungie. Bungie. Bungie. It seems like its always 1 step forward and 2 steps back, especially with your disappointing sequel Destiny 2. Firstly news broke this week that the competitive end game mode of Trials of the Nine had reached its lowest ever player count of 77,814 players across all 3 platforms. It seems this PvP mode can’t compete with the similar game mode from Destiny 1 Trials of Osiris which had 145,000 players as its lowest player count.Destiny 2 last weekend had almost simply cut this number in half and this should be very alarming for Bungie as so many players continue to walk away from the game.

Destiny 2 last weekend had almost simply cut this number in half and this should be very alarming for Bungie as so many players continue to walk away from the game.

But it seems Bungie aren’t happy about making just one mistake at a time, and things seems to go from bad to even worse. Gamers and fans were unamused when Bungie decided to lock away base Destiny 2 content behind a paywall when the Curse of Osiris DLC expansion was released, whereby certain game modes and features could no longer be played unless a player bought the expansion.Bungie has since reversed this mistake but it seems they are at it again with something similar.

Bungie has since reversed this mistake but it seems they are at it again with something similar.

Bungie has decided now that to gain access to their online forums on their famous Bungie.net site, a user must now own a copy of the game in order to discuss it. Now, to post in the Destiny 2, Feedback, Off topic and Gaming forums, players must have bought a copy of the game and at least reached The Farm, a social space in Destiny 2.

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Destiny 1 players, must have a Destiny account in order to access the forums of Clans, Recruitment, Community Forums and the Destiny Forum. There are no requirements regarding the Help forum. This seems to mean that if you don’t own a copy of Destiny 2, you aren’t allowed to discuss the game in the Destiny 2 official forum but a user can ask for help regarding the game they don’t own in the Help Forum?

Having viewed the Destiny 2 Forums frequently on Bungie.net, they have turned into a toxic pool of complaints about the game and attacks on Bungie developers, Activision and a ton of fighting within the Destiny community. But Bungie, this will stop when you implement features into the game that people want and give them the value they perceive they have already paid for, but not yet received. You are wanting gamers to be silent regarding the state of the game but you shouldn’t want this as the problems need to be discussed.For a potential buyer who does not own the game, they are unable to post a comment on the Destiny 2 forums, asking what the game is now like, what changes have been made and whether they should pick up a copy. But they are not allowed to post there anymore as you now rule over it with an iron fist.

For a potential buyer who does not own the game, they are unable to post a comment on the Destiny 2 forums, asking what the game is now like, what changes have been made and whether they should pick up a copy. But they are not allowed to post there anymore as you now rule over it with an iron fist.

I can understand Bungie wanting to restrict the toxicity that the forums have become but your actions simply come across like you wish to silence the community about the state of the game. With the right features added and changes made, the forums could become a haven of great discussion like they once were but that won’t happen if you put up paywalls to access that discussion and push away potential players and existing fans with actions such as this.

-MaxPower

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