Destiny, a game that has a taste somewhat like Marmite, where you either love it and spend your days on it, or one you tried at launch and didn’t bother with after it left a horrid taste in your mouth. That said, the game is still huge, and the fan-base more so, but with a sequel on the horizon, what does it mean for all of your hard work over the last 3 years?
Bungie took the their weekly blog post to begin discussions on Destiny 2. We don’t know too much about it yet, other than the usual ‘bigger, better, more accessible for newcomers’ line that we get before any new sequel. In regards to the characters, or Guardians that you’ve spent hundreds of hours with, they say that;
“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.”
In saying that, Bungie plan to preserver the look of your character, so when you begin your new adventure, you are doing so with the characters you know best, but there are some caveats before hand that you need to be aware of.
“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.”
I can understand their decision to start fresh with a new canvas. There could be a bunch of new and interesting mechanics at play in Destiny 2 that may be held back by having to stick to stats and progression based on the first game. With new challenges and features, Bungie can introduce new skillsets and similar things to ‘Light Levels’ that won’t have to re-thread previous paths.
The community will obviously be divided on the matter, considering that Destiny was planned as a 10 year initiative with quotes confirming that you’ll (at the time at least) be using your day one character in the 10th year.
At least let the players keep their emojis!!!
Destiny 2 is due for release later in 2017. Hold out for a big reveal around E3 in June perhaps?