They followed the same pattern, that much is certain, but that doesn't necessarily mean that this is a malicious action. From what I gather in your post, the pattern of their content releases (a flawed initial launch, DLC that slowly improves, then the defining breakthrough in the third) is indicative of a scheme and a malicious plan to extort the players for minimal effort. I don't know if I agree. The whole idea of an insidious plot to release crap and then a little good content seems really counterproductive. Bungie aren't morons, they have people paying attention to the sales of their games and they, and Activision, do feel the waves of their failures. Warmind likely had abysmal sales compared to D2's launch. They failed to rectify their course in the first 2 DLCs, and I agree that we should wait and see how the DLC turns out. But to attribute this to a malicious intent is a little silly and presumptuous.