PS4/PS5 Review: Destiny 2: Bungie 30th Anniversary Pack

Does Bungie celebrate its 30th in style?

Last week, Bungie released their 30th Anniversary Pack for Destiny 2 for £21.99. This isn’t to be confused with their expansion packs, but this is a small piece of DLC that you can get now or bundled together with the upcoming Deluxe edition of The Witch Queen content coming out in February 2022. The list of content for the 30th Anniversary Pack is as follows:

Celebrate Bungie’s 30th Anniversary with a new dungeon, the Gjallarhorn Exotic Rocket Launcher, Thorn Armor set, and an arsenal of weapons, gear, and cosmetics inspired by Bungie’s past.

30th Anniversary Pack owners also gain access to additional cosmetic reward chests in the free Dares of Eternity activity.

Grasp of Avarice
Plunder the new three-player dungeon inspired by famed Cosmodrome loot caves of yore. Reveal a tale of riches and regret as you follow an adventurer who traded his humanity for treasure.

Treasure Galore
The Exotic Gjallarhorn returns alongside new weapons, ornament sets, emotes, Sparrows, Ghost Shells, and more. Pack your inventory with rewards that represent 30-years of Bungie, a legendary community, and a birthday party that could only happen starside.

The new content is welcomed, though the price tag is questionable for what’s on offer here. I always appreciate a new dungeon when it comes to Destiny and I did enjoy going through the Grasp of Avarice, but that and a few new weapons and cosmetics are hard to justify when the next big expansion is literally around the corner.

It seems a bit crazy to release new content just as Halo Infinite launches too. I get that Bungie are trying to celebrate their past, but its like they picked the date for release in an attempt to outdo what 343 Industries have spent the past 5 years working on. It’s a baffling decision and one that doesn’t do the content any favours.

If they just added the Grasp of Avarice in The Witch Queen expansion and released the cosmetic items as free DLC, it would have looked a lot better and not like they were trying to steal Halo Infinite’s thunder. The new items are welcome, but i’m just not a fan of how they’ve released it and the manner how they did.

The Verdict

Bungie have every right to celebrate their 30th anniversary and Destiny 2 is the best way to do that, I get that. But Bungie was founded in May 1991, so they could have found anytime between there and before Halo Infinite to release the content, not one day before its release. It just leaves a bit of a sour taste in my mouth and even without all that, I can’t justify the price for what little content there is here.

Score: 6.0