The upcoming Destiny 2 will be a total reset for your Destiny 1 characters, Bungie said today, confirming that you won’t be able to carry over weapons and gear from the first game. Your character’s appearance, however, will be retained.
“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,” Bungie said on their blog today. “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.”
News of Destiny 2's character reset shouldn’t come as a surprise to hardcore Destiny fans. In September, we reported that Bungie is looking at Destiny 2 as a fresh start for their shooter-MMO series, and that this strategy will mean leaving your old characters behind. It is undeniably the best move for what has become a somewhat stale game over the past year thanks to skewed weapon balance and a lack of new content. Although Bungie originally marketed Destiny as a game with a “ten-year plan” in which your characters would remain with you for an entire decade, most fans would agree: It’s time for something new.
“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,” Bungie said. “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.”
Bungie says they’ll also be revealing more information on the big Destiny 1 spring update over the next few weeks.