Destiny 1 characters will not carry over to sequel

Bungie has finally dropped the hammer on Destiny players. Much of the content players have accrued in Destiny 1 will not carry over to the game’s sequel, which is planned for release sometime later this year. Bungie said this today:

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.

We know that, just like us, you have grown fond of the Guardians you’ve created, so we do plan to preserve your character personalization. We are going to recognize the dedication and passion you’ve shown for this world. 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.

We believe this is the best path forward. 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. We’re looking forward to sharing more details with you later this year for how we will honor your legacy in the future.

This isn’t unexpected. Personally, I’m open to it but I stopped playing Destiny avidly over a year go. With a few hundred hours, I know I’m not part of the community that will be most devastated by this news. I know many people who have 1,000+ hours in the game. For them, this may be a deal breaker.

As is, if this means Destiny 2 can become an even better game with this changes I am 100% for it. It will be sad to see my character fade away but I’ve grown used to it with FPS games today.

Hopefully Destiny 2 comes out of the gate strong. I’d love to see a more fleshed story, improved co-op, and some more humorous, zany modes like what Bungie was known for when they were still making the Halo franchise.