When Destiny launched its first major expansion, the Taken King, the only major barrier to the new content was that you had to be level 25. Anybody who purchased the Taken King received an item called Spark of Light, which would boost a single character up to level 25 so you could get right into the new stuff. But you only received one, so you had to level up every other character the old-fashioned way.
That will be changing today.
Bungie has quietly launched Level 25 Packs on the Xbox Store and UK PlayStation Store (The US PlayStation Store has not updated at the time of this writing). The packs are split by class: Warlock, Titan, and Hunter. For $30 each, you can boost your chosen class to Level 25, with a Subclass Boost and some Telemetries. If you're willing to pay, you can jump right into the Taken King with a number of characters, not just one.
This isn't anything new for Activision Blizzard. World of Warcraft has been offering a character boost with every expansion and in February of last year, Blizzard began offering a paid character boost for Warlords of Draenor. For $60, players could jump straight to level 90, which is the level required to do the Warlords of Draenor content. That's a pretty hefty price and in comparison, Bungie's $30 seems rather fair.
The general argument against paid level boosts usually comes from your veteran community, who had to do everything themselves. If they have multiple characters at cap, they played each and every one to that point. Essentially, your veteran players will always have an issue tying a price tag to something that previously took effort on their parts.
Veteran Destiny players are noting that this seems to be a waste of money, as leveling to 25 is a rather short process, but the true value is in the subclass boost. In Destiny, grinding out one's other subclasses is hard work. Some worry that having a paid subclass boost will prevent Bungie from revisiting and retuning the process of unlocking your subclasses, because there's money to be made in not doing so.
Bungie has yet to comment on the Level Packs officially.