Luke Smith, Destiny’s Creative Director has today released a special blog post on the Bungie website apologising for being an “Asshat”. Earlier this week, in an interview reported by Eurogamer, the Creative Director sparked a lot of controversy from what appeared to be complete disrespect for the fans of Destiny. Luke Smith, who is known for being sarcastic and a jerk anyway committed PR suicide as far as many Destiny players were concerned and received a lot of backlash for the interview.
Why was everyone so mad? Basically, the Collector’s Edition for The Taken King will include some exclusive emotes and items. If current Destiny’s players want these items they would have to buy the Collector’s Edition which includes the first two Destiny expansions, item’s that they would already own. This coupled by Luke Smith’s superior and pompous attitude in the interview with Eurogamer was the straw that broke the camel’s back. Thankfully, Bungie and Activision have now listened to the players outcry.
In today’s blog post, Luke Smith had this to say:
I am Luke Smith, Creative Director on Destiny: The Taken King.
Many, many years ago, I wrote to you each week in this spot. We talked about Battle Rifles, we talked about stuff we weren’t going to talk about, and at some point I did a horrible hand-drawing of an upcoming map and teased you with it in the Weekly Update.
Anyone who knows me knows I can be sarcastic, anyone who remembers podcasts I’ve done knows that I can be pretty blunt, and anyone who’s watched me in a ViDoc knows I’m pretty unpolished.
However, most of you don’t know me.
Reading my interview with Eurogamer and imagining it came from some random developer of a game I love – that random developer looks like an Asshat.
But that Asshat was me – and those words rightfully anger you.
My words made it sound as if Bungie doesn’t care about their most loyal fans.
We do care. We are listening. And we will make it right.
And make it right they shall. As of today, the items from the Collector’s Edition of the Taken King will be available at the suggested price of $20 (probably the the same in euro). This will give players 3 new emotes, 3 new shaders, and 3 new class items.
That’s not all though. Player’s who have both previous Destiny expansions and a Light level 30 character or higher will also receive VIP bonus items for supporting the game from the start. This items will apparently be forever exclusive and include a Sparrow, shader, and year one emblem.