Destiny 2 is somewhere on the horizon, as publisher Activision has made it clear that a sequel is in the works and coming this fall. But what it will entail, and how existing Destiny 1 characters will be handled was a mystery, Bungie is finally going on the record of what's ahead, at least a little bit any way.
"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," the developer said in a blog post, specifically avoiding the words Destiny 2. "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."
Unfortunately, that's about all that will be ported over. "Destiny 1 power, possessions, and Eververse-related items and currency will not carry forward," the team said, citing the fact 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."
The move does lend itself to a continuing storyline, but Bungie said it wants Destiny 2 to be "unencumbered by the past." More details will be coming later this year.
Activision has said it wants to "broaden the appeal" of the sequel, and that could mean bringing on PC players to the previously console-centric franchise. To that end, developers Vicarious Visions and High Moon Studios have been brought on to help with Destiny 2.
Bungie also unveiled the last live event planned for Destiny 1, dubbed the Age of Triumph, which will launch by the end of the month. Starting next week, the details of the event itself will be detailed. The following week, Bungie will unveil the event's weekly rituals, and then finally, a week before launch, players will be updated on the Sandbox mode for the event. If the timing plays out, the event will launch March 29.