With the news that Destiny 2 will be releasing in 2017, many players have felt uncertain about the future of their guardians, as well as Destiny 1’s support. Bungie community manager David “DeeJ” Dague has come to lay some of those fears to rest.
In an interview with IGN, Dague spoke a little about how the original Destiny will be treated following the release of the franchise’s newest installment.
“Our plan is to continue to support Destiny 1 for the foreseeable future.
“Destiny 1 will still be there. So if somebody wants to have a throwback night and go back and revisit the things that they loved about Destiny, they can.”
However, it remains to be seen exactly what that support will entail. The final update has been announced for Destiny. Those who want to continue the experience beyond it with their existing characters will have that opportunity, with a few caveats.
Although it will be made possible for characters to transfer from Destiny to Destiny 2, gear, currency, and progress will not be carrying over, much to the chagrin of some of the franchise’s most faithful who feel they were led to believe otherwise. To Dague, it’s about the relationships players have with their characters that’s most important, rather than the shiny helm. As an example, he offered his own Warlock and his “fondness for Dead Orbit.”
“What we talked about was a relationship with one’s character. These are all emotional pieces of context that I have assigned to my character and those are all things that will be relevant in all future versions of Destiny. While I may have my own favorite Exotic weapons, that story has changed a great deal over the course of the past three years.
“[Bungie] will always invite players to rethink that relationship and for that relationship to grow more interesting over time because there’s always some new aspect of evolution or learning or mastery that defines that relationship.”
Along with that all-important relationship with the player’s character, Dague says that Bungie remains dedicated to evolving the aspects it considers to be the game’s greatest strengths.
“Destiny has always been about the new new, and that is what has kept people engaged, and that has been what has kept people excited.
“The one thing that any player of Destiny needs to keep in mind is that the world of Destiny will evolve. The world of Destiny will always change. I would rather see Bungie stay along that path and continue to inspire and surprise and challenge our community rather to than ask them to upgrade their Gjallarhorn again and again and again for the next ten years.”
With all of that said, Dague concluded by speaking directly to the players who feel wronged by the character transfer revelation.
“If somebody feels mislead, if somebody feels lied to… What I would tell them is that the dream of Destiny has always been a grand adventure that unfolds over the course of the next ten years, and during that time we want to keep players on their toes. We want to give players new things to experience, and that above all else is the one truth that we’re going to strive toward at Bungie.”