Bungie has announced that Destiny is not going free-to-play after rumors spread that the vanilla version was “free” according a Microsoft store listing.
Bungie announced the following statement:
The original Destiny adventure may appear to be free on some digital console marketplaces.
While players may download the Destiny base game, they will only be granted access to the Destiny Trial Mode for free. If players wish to progress through the original Destiny adventure via digital download, they will be required to purchase Destiny – The Collection to gain access to this content.
The game will only be available as a demo from the sounds of things. It won’t be like Evolve where the game became free to play after the player population dropped.