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Destiny's Beta – Character Progression Not Carried Forward

Bungie have now confirmed that players’ character progression from hours spent playing the Destiny Beta in July will not be carried forward into the final release of the game come September the 9th.

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During the Beta Bungie were very non-committal on their plans for beta progression, those of us testing hoped that our beta capped level 8 characters and items would carry forward, and some even deigned to hope that their countless hours in the Destiny PvP mode – the crucible would get their hard earned PvP currency carried forward. But it is not to be so.

“Since the Beta, we’ve continued to tune and adjust the game,” explained Bungie designer Tyson Green in an official blog post. “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.”

There of course will be many salty complaints following this news. But do remember that Bungie didn’t say character progression would carry forward, so in my eyes you can’t really complain all that much. If they HAD said that character progression would carry forward and changed their mind then I could see cause for outcry. But gamers can be a fickle lot, and people will find things to complain about when they can.

Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

3 thoughts on “Destiny's Beta – Character Progression Not Carried Forward”

  1. I’m ok with this news, it means I can now enjoy the game from the start in all its finished glory.

    For BF3/BF4 and many others, beta progress didn’t transfer over, so why should Destiny differ?

    Sure a few “perks” for alpha/beta participants would be nice but at the end of the day the alpha/beta produces data that Bungie has used to tweak the game so come launch we have a balanced game. If the tweaks and balancing would produce “broken at best” beta progression transfers then I’m happy to lose that for a clean slate.

  2. I tend to agree sir, Bungie did say that there would be perks to participating in the beta, but haven’t said what those will be, but I certainly made sure I was online for those stress tests!

    I mostly used it as a way to figure out what class I want to start with when the game does go live!

  3. Getting a taste for the classes helps takes some of the guess work out on day 1 – means I can jump straight in with my class of choice and dive head first into Old Russia!

    I have a vague recollection that a armour patch will be one of the rewards but cannae for the life of me remember where I read it.

    Still, something that isn’t game breaking or meh would be cool, kind of in the “it’s not much but that’s still pretty awesome” bracket: 500 glimmer, a green armour set.

    That said the end of the day the real reward we get is a smoother gaming experience

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