The record breaking Destiny console beta last month attracted over 4.6 million players. Throughout it all there was one big question from those participating: just how much data from beta saves would be carried over to the final version of the game? They have their answer now. Bungie has made it official -- no beta Guardians will carry on into the full release. In fact, they've already been deleted.
That’s it for my grenade spamming Warlock and his trusty scout rifle, my sneaky Hunter with that full set of uncommon armor and the Titan I hardly got a chance to know. They’re all gone now as Bungie completed a full wipe of the latest build last week. It’s back to square one for the full release in just under a months time.
It seems the decision was made with the balancing of the final game build in mind. Numerous changes, some just small tweaks, have been made since the beta begaun -- bringing in new features and items along with removing some others. Alterations to how experience is earned would apparently make beta Guardians in the final version, "confusing at best, broken at worst." It’s a perfectly feasible explanation, but it's also justifiable that Bungie wants players to experience the full release of the game as they intended it to be and with no shortcuts allowed.
No matter what, it will surely make the early levels of Old Russia and that grind to level 8 once more a tad monotonous for anyone who played both Beta and Alpha builds of Destiny. Bungie has put a strong emphasis on getting right back into Destiny when it launches. They promise that once players delve back into this world there will be little to lament about the loss of a level 8 character and some early gear.
Destiny is set to launch globally September 9 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Expect more information about in the coming weeks as Destiny heads to Germany to feature at gamescom from August 13 through to August 17.