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Destiny 2 servers down for maintenance today (update: they’re back)

Armor resembling hate symbol being patched out

Destiny 2 - three Guardians moving in a pack on The Dead Cliffs, a Crucible map Bungie/Activision
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Update (2:07 p.m. ET): Bungie completed maintenance on the Destiny servers and brought them back online as of 9:16 a.m. PT, the studio announced on Twitter.

Destiny 2 v1.0.1.3 is now available. The patch, which measures 52.17 MB on PlayStation 4 — and is marked as v1.04 in the console’s dashboard — fixes a number of known issues with the game.

Players who didn’t receive Man O’ War as a quest reward because their inventory was full can now pick up the linear fusion rifle from Asher Mir, and that bug is now gone. The current element of the Prism modifier in Destiny 2’s Nightfall strike will now be displayed on screen at all times; Bungie’s fix for this bug also resolves an issue with the Momentum modifier. The patch fixed an issue with Mediations, too.

Although Bungie’s patch notes don’t explicitly mention the armor issue mentioned in our original post below, we can confirm that the v1.0.1.3 update did indeed remove the inappropriate artwork from Destiny 2. Here’s the revised version of the Road Complex AA1 gauntlets:

Destiny 2 - Road Complex AA1 gauntlets, revised to remove artwork resembling Kek symbol
The new version of the Road Complex AA1 gauntlets.

Original story: Servers for both Destiny and Destiny 2 are currently offline for maintenance, with a period of downtime that’s planned to last for four hours, according to Bungie’s support site.

The maintenance window began at 7 a.m. PT, at which point players were no longer able to log in to Destiny’s servers. If they were playing at the time, though, they can stay online until 8 a.m. PT, when “all online players will be removed from Destiny.” Bungie is aiming to complete the maintenance and bring both games’ servers back online by 11 a.m. PT.

In addition to working on Destiny’s servers, Bungie will use this downtime to completely patch out artwork from a piece of Destiny 2 armor that resembled a hate symbol. The artwork in question — which appears on a pair of Hunter gauntlets under the Road Complex AA1 set — bears strong similarities to the logo for Kek, a satirical “religion” created by members of the so-called alt-right.

Destiny 2 - Road Complex AA1 gauntlets next to ‘Kekistan’ flag
Hunter gauntlets from Destiny 2’s Road Complex AA1 armor set (left); the main section of the “national flag of Kekistan.” (right).
Bungie/Activision, Southern Poverty Law Center

Bungie apologized for the design’s presence in Destiny 2 last Tuesday, and promised to remove it from the game as soon as possible. That day, the studio updated the game to make the artwork invisible in the game world — it was no longer possible to see it on your character. In explaining how the design made it into the game, Bungie said on Thursday that it would eliminate any traces of the artwork with a patch this week.

That patch, which will bring Destiny 2 to version, will be available after the completion of today’s server maintenance. We’ll update this article with full patch notes as soon as they’re available.

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