In one more reminder which you can’t imagine the whole lot you learn (particularly if it originates from unverified sources on the web), a few Future dataminers have admitted that their discovery of a deliberate subscription service for Future 2 was actually simply ‘trolling.’
Like many free-to-play video games, Future 2’s base game is free, however there is a ton of further content material like expansions, season passes, and cosmetics which you can throw cash at if you happen to like. Final week, nevertheless, the D2 Datamines Discord (through The Game Submit) revealed the invention of recordsdata indicating that Bungie had plans (that appeared to have been subsequently scrapped) to include a number of kinds of premium subscription tiers in Future 2.
There was no data on pricing or content material, nevertheless it was anticipated that the subscription can be by some means tied into the launch of the large Lightfall growth, which is approaching February 28.
The response to the report appeared cut up: Not everybody was thrilled with the prospect of a subscription possibility in a game that is already deeply monetized, however some gamers noticed it as a good suggestion, notably for newcomers.
“I’d suppose a brand new participant would discover the prospect of shopping for The Forsaken Pack ($19.99), Shadowkeep ($29.99), Past Gentle ($39.99), The Witch Queen ($39.99), and Lightfall ($49.99) plus two dungeon passes ($20 every) for a grand complete of about $220 simply to have entry to ‘all of the content material’ a bit daunting,” redditor Ross2552 wrote. “In the meantime this is a subscription you’ll be able to join that offers you entry to all of the content material whereas it is energetic. It’d in all probability be standard and quite a bit simpler for newer gamers to leap in.”
“I hope it is a success,” FlyingWhale44 wrote. “I do know it will make it quite a bit simpler for me to get my associates into this game if they may get a sub for a pair months and test it out as a substitute of me saying ‘Oh that? You want to purchase X for that’.”
It would not matter both manner, as a result of none of it was true. The entire thing was a joke—a troll—a lie. Elliott of the D2 Dataminers Discord copped to creating all of it up in a now-deleted assertion captured and shared on Twitter by DestinyTracker.
“Was gonna simply let this carry on going, however because it grew actually giant and persons are really apprehensive outdoors of the server we simply wished to formally apologize and admit that we trolled everybody,” Elliott wrote. “It will in all probability make lots of people indignant, nevertheless it was all meant to be carried out non-maliciously.”
Elliott additionally promised that future “joke posts” will probably be labelled as such any longer.
DTR by no means reported on this information as a result of it appeared extremely pretend. Apology from Dataminer: pic.twitter.com/i9VXDjyer9January 2, 2023
That message has since been deleted, however one other one, additionally acknowledging that the entire thing was a joke, has taken its place within the Discord’s “Datamines” channel.
“It was actually immature that I allowed the made up rumor to go that far and unfold outdoors of the discord server,” Elliott wrote. “I take full accountability for my actions and shouldn’tve used my platform in that sort of manner. Regardless of if it was a joke or not. I really feel fairly terrible and I’m sorry to anybody that’s nonetheless upset over it.”
It’s a must to watch out about making “jokes” while you’re able of authority or accountability, particularly when mentioned joke is performed utterly straight and completely plausible. What I feel is absolutely fascinating about this case, although, is the response to the preliminary report—an terrible lot of individuals appear to suppose a subscription mannequin, correctly applied, can be a good suggestion for Future 2, which isn’t in any respect what I’d’ve anticipated. The report could also be pretend, however possibly it is time for Bungie to take the step anyway?