Bungie announced today that Destiny players would not be able to transfer most of their character progress to its “first full sequel.”
All power, possessions, Eververse-related items, and currency from Destiny 1 will not carry forward to the unnamed sequel. Players’ characters will remain accessible in Destiny 1 though, the developer promises.
Character personalization will be preserved for the sequel however, including “class, race, gender, face, hair, and marking selections for all characters that have achieved Level 20 and completed the Black Garden story mission.” The studio plans to award veteran players with additional honors that reflect their accomplishments, but did not go into detail.
“We believe this is the best path forward,” says Bungie. “It allows us to introduce the major advancements and improvements that all of us expect from a sequel, ensuring it will be the best game we can create, unencumbered by the past.”
In addition, Bungie is planning a final live event for Destiny, called Age of Triumph, at the end of March. The event is described as “a fun and memorable celebration that will bring the first major chapter of our Destiny adventures to a fitting close.” The studio will reveal more details of the event itself on March 8, its weekly rituals on March 15, and the “Sandbox Update” on March 22.
The sequel to the 2014 first person shooter is expected to release sometime in 2017. Bungie had planned since the launch of the original that players would keep their character progress in a sequel, though a report back in September suggested that would not be true and would also be coming to PC. The first game was released for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4.