In case you didn't notice, this recent update now allows you to buy tiers of the Season Pass for real world cash. It's obvious Bungie wants to keep a low profile on this, because there's no word of it in the patch notes. And why would there be, when less than ONE MONTH into the new season you can buy in-game advantages. Also good on you Bungie for breaking your own word, because Luke Smith had this to say on the topic: "Season of the Undying runs for 10 weeks, and we’re currently thinking of enabling this somewhere in the last 2–4 weeks of the Season. We know that sometimes life gets in the way, and you just want to get the last few rewards before the season ends and everything resets." How generous of you to provide people with less time to play a way to catch up by getting high-end materials and literal exotic engrams... for a fee. I don't wanna hear any argument from anyone here that this is even borderline acceptable, you should never be able to buy EXOTIC ENGRAMS and ultra rare end-game materials for money, period. And given that it takes 100+ hours to get to the end of the Season Pass rewards, tons of people who can't no-life a game will be very tempted to shell out cash for maybe one more exotic, or one more Ascendant Shard... because that's how you've designed it. You know, on top of the Free-to-Play Eververse store full of microtransactions, and the Lootboxes (with a separate loot pool, of course) and oh yeah, the Season Passes/Shadowkeep also cost money, because D2 isn't *truly* F2P. It's becoming increasingly obvious that in terms of monetization, Activision was never the problem. Bungie, your greed is showing more than ever. EDIT: I'm not gonna bother with some of the non-arguments in here (like "it's optional"), but do you really think they will stop here if no one says anything? Do you REALLY think they're not gonna go further after testing the waters, adding even more ways to buy gameplay-affecting stuff? You're delusional if you think so, but please enjoy them eventually adding true P2W elements, because it's not like they're gonna stop out of conscience and goodwill.
This going live was an unintended consequence of the update today. We are looking into it now. We are still committed to [url=https://www.bungie.net/en-US/Explore/Detail/News/48097]the plan[/url] for purchasing Season Ranks late in the seasons we communicated previously. We have a server side change going out now that will disable these purchases until later in the season.