You might want to start saying your farewells to all of your hard-earned loot from Destiny. Bungie confirmed today that they will effectively be hitting the reset button when Destiny 2 launches later this year.
Bungie wrote on their blog, "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."
Much of a bummer as that will be, there will at least be some semblance of continuity, Bungie said. "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."
That means that class, race, gender, face, hair, and marking selections will remain for all characters that have achieved Level 20 and completed the Black Garden story missions. Veteran accounts with also receive honors that reflect their 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," Bungie wrote.
All things considered, this was probably inevitable. It puts new players on a more even footing with the veterans, and it gives returning fans something to work toward.
But for anyone who has put a hundred hours or more into Destiny's epic, it's going to be a drag going through the process again. I'm feeling exhausted just thinking about it. At the very least, it seems as if Bungie has learned a lot since the original game's launch, which should make Destiny 2 a more polished and enjoyable experience.
Age of Triumph
In the meantime, Bungie is planning one last hurrah for Destiny players who have stuck around through the years.
Next week they will be revealing Destiny's final live event. Called "Age of Triumph," it is intended to "bring the first major chapter of our Destiny adventures to a fitting close." It will be launching at the end of March.
Look for more information on the event on Wednesday.