According to the Destiny reddit page, both base versions of Destiny have been pulled from the Sony and Microsoft stores. The only version that is available in each store is the $20 Destiny: The Taken King bundle which includes the first two expansions. In addition, there is a link to the Microsoft store right here, which shows that the game is currently free. There is no button allowing you to purchase the game, however.
It would make a lot of sense for Bungie to make the base game free when you consider just how integral the expansions to Destiny have been. While the main game would still contain a lot of content for free, the DLC at this point is incredibly important to the overall experience of the game. If you wanted the full Destiny experience, then you would still be want to purchase the game’s add-ons.
Considering that Destiny 2 is rumored to release next year, you can understand why Bungie would want to give players the ability to try the base game for free. At this point, their main focus is probably to sell expansions rather than selling the base game itself.
Destiny is technically an MMO so it’s not a surprise to see Bungie try to transition to the free-to-play model. Many MMO’s do this a few years after they’ve been released. Bungie is still giving gamers options though if they do want to purchase all of the expansions in one place. Destiny: The Collection will release next month alongside the latest add-on Rise of Iron and will contain all of the expansions to Destiny as well as the base game for $60.
It seems like vanilla Destiny won’t end up being free after all. Bungie posted a response to recent speculation on their forums. Their statement read:
” 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.”
It’s a shame that we won’t be able to get the original Destiny for free. I also don’t understand why Bungie wouldn’t make it available for free at this point. It seemed like a great way to bring in new players at the tail-end of the game’s life cycle before then transitioning to Destiny 2. Alas, maybe they’ll be able to entice new players to join the community when Rise of Iron releases next month.