Bungie has officially announced that your current Destiny “power, possessions, and Eververse-related items and currency will not carry forward” into Destiny 2. However, if you’ve reached level 20 and completed the main Black Garden questline your character personalisation will carry onward. This includes your class, race, gender, face, hair, and marking selections. Not much, but it’s something.
Nothing was specifically mentioned about other cosmetics like emblems and shaders, but I would expect these to be carried forward as they’re completely cosmetic and showcase your past achievements. In any case, Bungie does plan to award veteran Destiny players “with honors that reflect your Destiny 1 accomplishments.”
So why are they doing away with all your progress? As the development team states:
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. We’re looking forward to sharing more details with you later this year for how we will honor your legacy in the future.
This does make the past three years of Destiny feel like a beta for its sequel, as while many players were disappointed by the game at launch (we were all on the hype-train too long), they also saw the potential for something amazing.
The development team also used the opportunity to announce the final content update for Destiny 1, called ‘Age of Triumph’. Bungie will showcase it via Twitch over the next few weeks, but it looks like old Raids will be making a comeback. But don’t hold me to that.
The character progression announcement does confirm something that Kotaku and that Shinobi602, a ‘reputable leaker,’ reported six months ago: Bungie was willing to leave the old behind in favour of the sequel. Something else that both Kotaku and Shinobi602 mentioned is that Destiny 2 will be launching on consoles and PC.
Well guess what an intrepid Aussie on Reddit found this week:
Not an official confirmation by any means, but considering both sources were right about the character progression, it likely that they’re going to be correct about this too. And Shadow of War was also confirmed via a Target listing this week, so why not Destiny 2 PC?