Destiny 2 Players Are Spicing Up Their Names, Thanks to its Newfound Home on Steam [Update: Bungie Responds]

Destiny 2 Players Are Spicing Up Their Names, Thanks to its Newfound Home on Steam [Update: Bungie Responds]

Nice to meet you, Guardian-whose-name-is-just-ten-swords.

Update: A Bungie represenative tells USG that so long as your Destiny 2 name is appropriate, your symbol-filled name is good to go: "We'll still hold them up to the standards of our Code of Conduct, but even members of the Bungie team are having fun with this feature."


On top of everything else riding on the launch of Shadowkeep and New Light, Bungie also endeavored to make Destiny 2 PC players' transitions from Battle.net to Steam as seamless as possible. Still, one quirk of the transition is cause for delight and confusion. Destiny 2 now displays PC players' Steam names in-game, and with access to Destiny 2's symbol font, players can cobble together names with subclass emblems, weapons, vehicles, and more.

Unlike Battle.net, which only allows for one free name change, Steam allows users to edit their display names at will. That means regular goofy names are already more common in Destiny 2's PC community, but it also opens the door for names with a little more flair.

As explained by Reddit user metazenex, getting Destiny 2 symbols into your Steam name involves little more than some copy-and-pasting. Since Destiny 2's symbol font files (Destiny_Symbols_PC and Destiny_Symbols_360) can be easily located in the game's file directory, it's as straightforward as dropping the desired symbols into your Steam display name and starting up Destiny 2.

That's right—you can have a name that's just as unintelligible as this! | u/Valicense on Reddit

Another Redditor, SofiFoxi, created a page that lists all the available symbols in one place so you can skip the font-finding process. If you've been playing Destiny 2 on PC for the last couple days and are jealous of all the cool kids with tanks and swords in their names, it can't get much easier to join the club.

This week's Destiny 2 Shadowkeep and New Light launch was a little rough across all platforms and required a bit of extra maintenance downtime, but the PC platform migration in particular has been causing issues for some players. If you're more concerned with getting your Guardian and their loot over from Battle.net than with adding fancy symbols to your Steam name, Bungie's working on the issues and recommends manually retrying the migration in the meantime. Bungie also pushed a hotfix for Destiny 2 on PC that should stop the game from crashing if you have over 300 friends on Steam.

Perhaps the first Destiny 2 PC team to clear Shadowkeep's new Garden of Salvation raid this weekend will be sporting spruced-up Steam names. For more on how Shadowkeep and New Light change the real customization options for your Guardian, head over to our Destiny 2 guides section.

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