Live service games can be tough beasts to balance when it comes to catering to veteran players while ensuring that newer players can wait and enjoy right away. Bungie continues to walk along these lines with Destiny 2 as the franchise heads into its seventh year. However, some players warn potential new players that they may want to wait because the current state of games is not the most welcoming.
Destiny 2 is currently in its final season prior to the release of the 2022 The Witch Queen expansion, Season of the Lost. The season sees the Guardians having their long-awaited first interactions with Savathun along with the return of the awakened queen Mara Sov to the City of Dreams. The Guardians are tasked with rescuing the Techuens coven from Mara Sovs to help Savathun get rid of his worm, break the curse in the City of Dreams, and save Osiris. While great things are happening in the Destiny 2 universe, some players feel that the game is not in a state where it can grow the community. Reddit user Turbulent-Alfalfa-96 discussed this in a thread about how the current state of Destiny 2 is not welcoming to new players, that is, due to the price of admission. They point out that they had two friends who started playing the free version of New Light but stopped when they realized it would cost $ 120 to play all of the currently available seasonal content and expansions.
The content that Turbulent-Alfalfa-96 refers to are the Forsaken, Shadowkeep and Beyond Light expansions, Season of the Lost, and the previous three seasons. All three expansions are available for download in the Legendary Edition online, which normally costs $ 79.99. Current seasons cost $ 10 each, on top of that, bringing the cost up to $ 120.
Given the high price tag, coupled with the apparent lack of content in the free version that Turbulent talks about, it's understandable why potential new players might be reluctant to jump in. Another factor is the relatively short window that new players would have to play most of this. content, as all seasonal content, along with Tangled Shore, will be skipped when The Witch Queen is released.
The easiest solution, according to other Reddit users on the Turbulents thread, would be to sit back and wait until The Witch Queen's release in February 2022. A new expansion is usually the best point on the Destiny 2 annual calendar for new players to join in, as it serves as a soft reset for the entire game.