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.
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.