Recently, the complete collection for Destiny was revealed for the PS4 and XBOX One, including the base game and two expansions, the Taken King and Rise of Iron, the latter of which is brand new. This announcement confirms that development for Destiny has almost concluded entirely and this gave rise to rumors that the base game will go Free-to-Play.
Although the base game is enjoyable and has a wide range of content, the game truly shines when paired with its expansions and as Destiny is one of the most successful MMO’s in recent years, players began to consider that the game would follow the same route other MMO’s with successful expansion packs such as World of Warcraft, which includes all expansions within the base game when a new expansion pack is released. The Collection might seem like a rip off to people who own the Taken King Collection but pre-ordering the game awards you with a level 40 character boost as well as two exotic weapons, the Iron Gjhallarhorn and the Iron Gjallarwing. For die-hard fans of the game, the Collection still provides incentive for purchase.
Although making the base game free would provide an opportunity for players who are new to the MMO genre or would like to try the game out before investing time and money into it, Bungie and Activision have decided to adopt a different strategy that may work just as well if not better than making the base game free.
On a post on their forums, Bungie stated that: “The original Destiny adventure may appear to be free on some digital console marketplaces. While players may download the Destiny base game, they will only be granted access to the Destiny Trial Mode for free. If players wish to progress through the original Destiny adventure via digital download, they will be required to purchase Destiny – The Collection to gain access to this content.”
Rest assured, the full game won’t be going free to play for long. However, the trial mode is still present for players who are doubtful about purchasing the game and they can try it out for free.