Beta Guardians won’t transfer to the final version of Destiny
This is not a good way to start the week. Remember that Guardian you designed in the Destiny Beta? Remember how much fun you had creating him or her, collecting loot and leveling up? Well, they’re gone. Forever. Bungie has announced that all players will be starting from scratch when Destiny ships next month. Read on for the details.
The announcement came as part of the Bungie Weekly Update. Veteran Bungie designer Tyson Green did his best to explain why Destiny’s beta Guardians couldn’t make the jump to the retail version of the game.
Since the Beta, we’ve continued to tune and adjust the game. The way you earn experience has been adjusted up and down a bunch of times. Items have been added and removed. New features toggled. Although there’s no single monumental change, the sum of the tweaks leaves characters from the Beta Build in strange shape that would be confusing at best, broken at worst.
Unlike some betas which are mere promotional stunts, Bungie insists that Destiny’s test launch was a true beta in every sense of word. They’ve learned a lot, and have made a number of changes to the game. Some of those changes are very small, some are rather large. The ultimate effect of all those changes are that our beta Guardians no longer fit in the Destiny universe as it will exist when the game launches this September 9th.
While it’s unfortunate that we’ll have to leave our Guardians, and all that sweet loot behind, Bungie promises that this will be the last time we’ll ever be asked to do so. The Guardians we create on September 9th will be with us for a long, long time to come, if we choose to keep them. The idea of creating something that will live on in the game world for years to come is exciting enough (at least for me) to get over the sting of losing my Guardian from the beta.