Destiny 2 Should Learn From Halo Infinite’s Battle Pass Plan
It’s time things weren’t so limited.
During E3 2021, we got a good look at some of the stuff coming to Halo Infinite. There’s a multiplayer mode that’s available to everyone, not just those who own the main game, and it’s got a pretty fantastic battle pass system. Essentially, the battle pass is live for a season, but you can also progress it and complete it once that season is over. This is a huge difference to Destiny 2 in that you must finish a season pass before the end of the season, otherwise everything you haven’t unlocked will be gone forever. Most Guardians agree that it’s time for a change.
While you could make a link between Halo and Destiny 2 here because Bungie made them both, it’s 343 Industries at the Halo helm now. They’re the ones who came up with this new battle pass system, so that’s why it’s easy to see the differences. 343 Industries has seen how battle passes work and thought about what would improve them. Bungie simply looked at battle passes and copied them.
The key difference here is inclusivity. By keeping a battle pass available after its season, as long as you purchased it, you’re guaranteed to get all the cosmetic content you paid for. There are players like me who don’t have time to unlock everything each season, and it makes us feel like we’re missing out and being a little cheated. Effectively, every cosmetic we don’t earn is wasted money. Now that’s not strictly true since we also get a lot of other stuff for our money, but that’s how it feels.
Bungie is in the unique position where it can make these kinds of broad changes and the community has to put up with them. However, making a shift to make the season passes more flexible isn’t going to annoy anyone. If anything, it’ll only garner praise. Bungie is always looking to improve Destiny 2 in small ways, and this is one that it could take and run with. Even Fortnite doesn’t do this, and the player base there can be a lot more vocal than Destiny 2’s.
The level 100 rewards are always fabulous in Destiny 2, but I’m yet to get a single one. I want to be able to get them at my own pace, and when I see that they’re unobtainable after about two weeks because of the time I have to put in, I usually give up on a lot of other stuff too. It’s infuriating. Come on Bungie, let’s have this change. Everyone wants it, and we all know you do too.
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