Bungie Studios has announced that characters from the Destiny Beta will not be carried over to the full release. While the information is currently stored in the Bungie cloud servers, the game will end up changing too much after the beta test to allow these characters to exist. In other Destiny news, ex-Beatle Paul McCartney will be releasing the theme song for the game as a single after its launch.
The Destiny beta concluded late last month, with over four million people participating across current and previous generation PlayStation and Xbox consoles. Most would have been hoping that their progress survived into the final product, like it tends to do with other triple A games.
Tyson Green, a developer at Bungie, explained why the information wipe had to happen, “since the Beta, we’ve continued to tune and adjust the game. 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.”
A post on the Bungie blog states that “on September 9th, you can create a Guardian who will keep you company for a good, long time”. This particular date happens to be the official launch of Destiny.
The New York Times is also reporting that composer Paul McCartney is preparing to launch the Destiny theme song as a single after the 9 September release. McCartney has been working with Marty O’Donnell – who was until recently Bungie’s composer – on creating the orchestral score for the game. While the ex-Beatle does not actually play video games, he has previously written several classical pieces and four orchestral scores.
Destiny’s theme song was apparently be recorded at Abbey Road to a full 120 piece orchestra and carries a message of hope. With the amount of effort going into just the soundtrack one would imagine the amount of pressure that is going into Destiny to succeed. Although there may be a slight mismatch of demographics as most of the players who will be picking the game up next month will be too young to be familiar with the Beatles.