Our first(?) official news of Destiny 2 from Bungie isn’t a fancy trailer. Or a gameplay blowout. It’s a blog post answering questions players have about their characters moving forward. That’s not exactly the way I saw our first bit of Destiny 2 news coming.
When Destiny hype was at its peak, Bungie marketed the game as a “ten-year plan.” The character you created would stay with you for the entire ride. Cracks in this plan began showing last September in a Kotaku report about the sequel’s development. Bringing your character to Destiny 2 was said to be on the chopping block.
Bungie, themselves, is confirming that in today’s blog post.
Sequels represent the start of a new adventure for every player, with new worlds to explore, new stories to tell, new powers to acquire, new loot to earn, and much more. This led us to a decision that would enable us to serve both the game and the player’s best interests: Destiny 1 power, possessions, and Eververse-related items and currency will not carry forward. They will, however, remain accessible to you in Destiny 1.
I get the disappointment some of the Destiny hardcore fans are feeling, but it’s a smart move. Hell, it helps I don’t even remember what my Destiny character looked like (yeah, I only played it for a couple of months). Not that there was that much customization to begin with.
Your Destiny 1 character won’t be completely left in the dust.
Specifically, the class, race, gender, face, hair, and marking selections for all characters that have achieved Level 20 and completed the Black Garden story mission will carry forward. We also plan to award those veteran accounts with honors that reflect your Destiny 1 accomplishments.
Maybe I’m misremembering, but I don’t remember that much customization to begin with. I would hope Bungie expands on how characters look even more in the sequel.
Bungie goes on to talk about how they believe this is the best move for the much-anticipated Destiny 2.
It allows us to introduce the major advancements and improvements that all of us expect from a sequel, ensuring it will be the best game we can create, unencumbered by the past.
Plus, let’s be honest. It wasn’t like your character’s decisions affected the bare bones story that was there. Bringing the same character into a sequel makes sense with games like Mass Effect. Not so much with Destiny.
As for when we can see all these “major advancements and improvements?” All Bungie is saying is later this year. Translation: E3.
I’m still surprised Bungie went this route to talk about Destiny 2 for the first time. It’s good they’re sharing details about how characters work moving forward, but why not drop the news with an announcement trailer too?
So, what do you think about the way characters will transfer to Destiny 2? Big deal or little deal?