Destiny developer Bungie has confirmed that characters created for the recent beta period of its ambitious online shooter will be wiped.
In a recent official blog post, the company broke the news that no beta player wanted to hear: “Our Beta characters won’t transfer to the final version of Destiny.”
The recent Destiny beta allowed its 4.6 million players to take their avatars up to level 8, but any such progress will not be transferred to the final game.
Bungie designer Tyson Green was on hand to provide an explanation as to why this cull was seen as necessary by the company.
“Since the Beta, we’ve continued to tune and adjust the game,” said Green. “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.”
In other words, the retail version of Destiny is going to have changed so much from its beta form that any progress made in the latter simply wouldn’t translate.
The Destiny beta wrapped up on July 27, ahead of the game’s full launch on September 9. It will be released on PS4, Xbox One, PS3, and Xbox 360, with a PC version set for some unspecified time in the future.
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