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Bungie confirms that Destiny beta characters will not carry over to final game

Posted on August 11, 2014 AT 02:57am

Bungie has officially announced that characters created in the Destiny beta will not carry over to the final game, confirming what many have believed for some time.

The reason for the developer not allowing characters to transferred over is due to the tweaks and changes that have been made to XP gains and items that would, according to Bungie, leave characters “confusing at best, broken at worst.”

“Since the Beta, we’ve continued to tune and adjust the game,” explained designer Tyson 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.”

“What you just experienced is something we’ve been through countless times here at Bungie,” added community manager David Dague. “We feel your pain, and then some. Making a game requires iteration and progress. When we reinvent the world where the Guardians live, sometimes we have to leave them behind.

“This is the last time we’ll ask you to part with your hero,” he added. “On September 9th, you can create a Guardian who will keep you company for a good, long time. On a long-enough timeline, you might decide to delete him or her and start over again – but that will be your call to make.”

Destiny will be available from September 9 on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.

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