Destiny 2 Is Changing Its Face Customization Options For Greater Diversity

Destiny 2 is set to expand in a big way soon with the launch of the Beyond Light expansion in November. Bungie has now shared some additional details on what to expect in terms of changes, and this includes an update on how your Guardian’s face can look.

With Beyond Light, Bungie has rebuilt the character face system for Destiny 2 to provide more options for diversity and more. Bungie said in a blog post that it’s long-term goal is to allow all players to create a character that they want, whatever that looks like. The studio is working on more face shapes to come in the future, and the process was reviewed by Bungie’s own Diversity Committee and Employee Resource Groups. Bungie’s full statement follows.

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“We know that how your Guardians look is important to you, and we’ve long wanted to add more player customization to Destiny. Our original system for player faces had some combinatoric content authoring problems–for example, every decal had to be authored completely custom for each player face permutation,” Bungie said. “This prevented us from extending this area of the game with more content and features. We’ve upgraded to a significantly more capable system (with e.g. runtime decal projection), which we hope to leverage for more player customization options in the future.”

Bungie added: “As part of this process we reviewed the existing player models with our Diversity Committee and Employee Resource Groups in the studio to make small tweaks to existing player heads. We’re also building a list of Guardian face shapes we should bring to the game in the future in order to increase Guardian diversity in Destiny, with the long-term goal of enabling everyone to imagine themselves as their Guardian.”

Destiny 2’s Beyond Light expansion arrives on November 10, and, for various reasons, Bungie is requiring everyone to re-download the game. In the end, this should result in a file size reduction of as much as 40 percent–you can read more about the changes here.

Destiny 2 adopted a free-to-play model some time ago, but the expansions are paid. However, Xbox One players are getting Beyond Light for free with Xbox Game Pass. Additionally, the previous expansions, Forsaken and Shadowkeep, recently became free with Xbox Game Pass.

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