Bungie has confirmed that a major DLC will not be part of The Taken King’s future. Instead, they will be focusing more on “free” events for Destiny that are available to anyone who has purchased the game. In a interview with Eurogamer at PSX last weekend, Bungie designer Derek Carroll explained that there will be multiple events that will replace large DLC such as Sparrow Racing League, which was announced yesterday. Further, they plan to leave these sorts of events as surprises rather than provide a scheduled for them.
“With Taken King we are moving to a more event-based model – things like Festival of the Lost and Sparrow racing, which is our winter event, and then smaller events such as Iron Banner and Trials of Osiris every weekend. Rather than doing these giant, monolithic DLC packs, this way everybody who’s an owner of Taken King can enjoy these things,” explained Carroll.
It was also implied that there would be a strong future for content that players will simply be being given for being a part of the game with only visual purchases for your character, like many successful free-to-play models: “We’ve had Festival of the Lost and now Sparrow racing. If you wanted to extrapolate from there, you could.”
This gives me hope that either players are responding less to DLC or that it is simply more profitable now to return to games that provide all the content you need to have fun from the very beginning.