Yes, the first Destiny required DLC to continue playing. If you didn't buy the DLC, you would be capped at a certain light level and would basically be entirely starved of content and items (weapons and armour) since the base game had so few story missions, a couple of strikes, and one raid. No doubt Destiny 2 will follow suit, I pre-ordered the version of the game that came with the next 2 DLC's to save myself the trouble. That doesn't mean anything. A business is a business, its number one goal is to make money (at least in the west, anyway), and Bungie is no different. In fact, the Bungie of today is even more likely to go back on their word than the Bungie of the Halo era, especially now that Activision is hovering over them. Granted Microsoft isn't much better, just look at what they've done to Halo.