Bungie has offered an explanation for how an offensive logo managed to make its way into Destiny 2. "This was completely unintentional".
While the gear that started the controversy is no longer in the game, the offending symbol can still be found in UI icons and preview screens.
But Dague said Bungie wanted to find out how it happened in the first place and wanted to lay out its findings for the fans.
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According to Bungie, the design was, 'Initially created as part of gear foundry explorations in June of 2015, ' when it wasn't considered to have any negative connotations.
The studio's team of graphic designers "routinely reference real world art, iconography, typeface, and other design elements to inform the choices they make", explains Bungie. The team, however, flagged the piece because it resembled Kekistan's original objective, as a silly internet meme representing shitposters, but not those of the white supremacist variety.
In Destiny 2, every player creates their own character called a "Guardian", humanity's chosen protectors. The game was launched back in 2004. For those not in the know, "Kekistan" is an imaginary country invented by 4chan users to troll both the far-right and the far-left as a parody of identity politics and was popularized by Youtuber Sargon of Akkad.
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Bungie also explains that it is now working to determine how to shield itself and its players from "inappropriate imagery" and is "investigating our creative process in full". That said, we do recognize that the design in question is close enough to warrant removal from the game. Many also seemed confused as to what was so hateful about the gauntlet that Bungie deemed it necessary to remove it from the game.
"We aren't asking you for the benefit of the doubt", Dague said. Though we are still investigating our creative process in full, we know there was no degree of malicious intent from anyone on our team. We want to thank the members of our community, and the press, for bringing this matter to our attention.
After several years and multiple expansion releases, Bungie has finally released the long-awaited second installment in the record-breaking franchise: Destiny 2, which is now available for PS4 and Xbox One; it doesn't release for PC until late October, unfortunately.
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Bungie has now clarified further, revealing how the "vile" content got into its game and explaining to Destiny 2 players how it will prevent something like this from happening again.