Bungie just confirmed some long-rumored aspects of its upcoming Destiny sequel, including the dreaded but inevitable decision to leave weapons, armor, and all manner of cosmetic items and emotes from the first game behind. You will be able to move your original character designs over to Destiny 2, due out later this year, but those characters will be starting fresh in an entirely new landscape with a different trove of loot to collect. The classes will remain intact it seems, but the subclasses sound like they’re changing as well.
“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,” Bungie writes in a blog post published this morning. This includes class, race, gender, face, hair, and body marking selections for all characters that have reached level 20 in the game and completed the original final story mission, “Black Garden.”
The company is also planning ways to reward people who sunk many hours into the original Destiny with some type of collectible that can be shown off in the sequel. While this all but signals the end of the original game, Bungie is in the process of planning its final live event, to be called “Age of Triumph,” that will kick off at the end of this month. More details about that are going to be shared in a series of three live streams, the first of which takes place on Wednesday, March 8th.
“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,” Bungie writes. “We’re looking forward to sharing more details with you later this year for how we will honor your legacy in the future.”
This is, of course, a totally understandable decision. It wasn’t reasonable to expect the developer to be able to integrate hundreds of existing weapons and armor pieces into a new system and still be able maintain any semblance of balance. By starting fresh, Bungie can hopefully correct some of the mistakes it made with the first game and create a wholly new experience.
Still, for players that have sunk hundreds and sometimes even thousands of hours into building out a huge collection of gear, it will be a bittersweet moment to walk away from it all and start over.