Destiny 2’s first narrative trailer didn’t show any of the actual gameplay — that’s coming in May — but it did provide a narrative-based excuse for the game to remove your gear from the first game, even though you’ll be able to carry over your character.
“We know that, just like us, you have grown fond of the Guardians you’ve created, so we do plan to preserve your character personalization,” Bungie said in a blog post. “We are going to recognize the dedication and passion you’ve shown for this world. Specifically, the class, race, gender, face, hair, and marking selections for all characters that have achieved Level 20 and completed the Black Garden story mission will carry forward. We also plan to award those veteran accounts with honors that reflect your Destiny 1 accomplishments.”
But you’ll lose “power, possessions, and Eververse-related items and currency.” Sorry about all those guns you worked so heard to earn. They’re gone.
The trailer introduces Destiny 2’s villain, a character named Ghaul who leads an army called the Red Legion. They attacked the Tower and, despite the best efforts from the Guardians, destroyed it. The trailer is even nice enough to show you all your great gear being lost to the ages.
“So. Everything is gone. Your stuff. My stuff. Most importantly, my stuff,” Cayde-6 helpfully explains.
So your character from the first game survived the events that lead up to the second game, but they also conveniently took all their gear off and dropped every gun while doing so, and also everything in storage is gone. Yay!
“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,” Bungie has said. “We’re looking forward to sharing more details with you later this year for how we will honor your legacy in the future.”
So it’s fun that the company basically called out the loss of your stuff in the trailer with a joke, but longtime fans of the first game are still likely to be a bit annoyed at losing their equipment. But at least now Bungie can start everyone off on level footing in terms of weapons and armor. Maybe that sense of anguish will just add to the game’s sense of desperation as you struggle against overwhelming enemies?
Or maybe not. Destiny 2’s out on PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One on Sept. 8.