Bungie will now sell the exclusive content in Destiny: The Taken King Collector's Edition separately following complaints from fans and the media.

The problem Destiny veterans had was that they would have to buy the entire game and its expansions again just to get the three class emotes, three armour shaders, and three exotic class items with XP bonuses that were packaged in with the Collector’s Edition.

Earlier this week, The Taken King's creative director Luke Smith exacerbated matters in an interview with Eurogamer with his casual dismissal of concerns that the Collector’s Edition was a slap in the face to the game’s existing fans.

He has since apologised for his comments on the game’s blog.

“Reading my interview with Eurogamer and imagining it came from some random developer of a game I love – that random developer looks like an Asshat,” he wrote.

“But that Asshat was me – and those words rightfully anger you. I'm sorry.

“My words made it sound as if Bungie doesn't care about their most loyal fans. We do care. We are listening. And we will make it right.”

Bungie will now sell the emotes, shaders, and items in a separate bundle, for US$20.

The developer also re-iterated that existing players who have a level 30 character and the game’s two existing expansions will get a Year One VIP shader, emblem, and sparrow.