‘Destiny’ Beta Characters Wiped; Paul McCartney To Release Theme Song As A Single

Bungie made official Friday what many already suspected following the Destiny beta for the PS4, PS3, Xbox One, and Xbox 360. That Guardian you created, played, and cultivated during the beta is no more. Say farewell as they will not return, but all 6.5 million Guardians did serve their purpose of the developer testing different ways to build a character.

“Beta characters won’t transfer to the final version of Destiny. The vaults have been cleaned out, too,”Community Manager David “DeeJ” Dague wrote in the Bungie Weekly Update.

“What you just experienced is something we’ve been through countless times here at Bungie,” he continued. “We feel your pain, and then some. Making a game requires iteration and progress. When we reinvent the world where the Guardians live, sometimes we have to leave them behind.”

Destiny Designer Tyson Green also chimed in with an explanation of why beta characters will not carry over to the final version of the game. Basically, Bungie treated your beta character like Frankenstein’s monster.

“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,” according to Green.

The next blast of Destiny news will come from Gamescom in Cologne, Germany next week. The game will be playable on the showfloor all through the week. Bungie will also have either videos or screenshots or both to share. Just don’t expect any big secrets to be revealed as the developer has purposefully kept the majority of the game under wraps in an attempt to surprise people when it releases on September 9.

Meanwhile, The New York Times reports that Paul McCartney will release the Destiny theme song as a single. The former Beatle collaborated composer Marty O’Donnell (now a former composer) and Mike Salvatori to create the music for the game. McCartney decided to add in a theme song as well that will be released once the game launches.

It’s not officially announced yet but is described as “keeping with the rest of the soundtrack music,” “fully orchestrated,” and recorded at the Abbey Road studio with a 120-piece ensemble.

Are you upset that you’ll have to start over in Destiny? Or are you just looking forward to the game (and McCartney’s single) finally being released?