Keeping a videogame clear of things that may resemble things that the majority of the population dissaproves is not an easy task. Many times have seen videogames contain symbols that have similarities with political standings or hate symbols, either intentionally or because of ignorance. That happened with Destiny 2 when a gauntlet shown in the game was found to be similar to a specific hate symbol found on the internet.
This Destiny 2 Gauntlet, called Road Complex AA1, bears many similarities to the Kekistan flag, a symbol of an internet “religion” called Republic of Kek worshiping memes. The lettering nad the color of the gauntlet is the same as it is on the flag, something that made Bungie realise that it had to be removed.
1/2 It’s come to our attention that a gauntlet in Destiny 2 shares elements with a hate symbol. It is not intentional. We are removing it.
— Bungie (@Bungie) September 12, 2017
There’s still not a specific response from Bungie as to how the aesthetic of the gauntlet would affect the players but gave it’s apologies through the social media for the resemblance. Bungie’s CEO, Pete Parsons gave his own thought on the matter through his personal Twitter, stating that the company has high values and want to show respect for all people who play their games and work for them.
At Bungie, our company values place the highest emphasis on inclusion of all people and respect for all who work with us or play our games. https://t.co/lox0XuYhgJ
— pete parsons (@pparsons) September 12, 2017
Even though the Kekistan flag is not a real cultural thing and is basically made up on forums like 4Chan, it seems to be used a lot on marches promoting racism and white nationalism and that’s something Bungie wants to avoid.
The Destiny 2 Gauntlet that caused this problem will be removed immidiately as their similarities are not intentional and probably be featured with some other texture other than the green color and K lettering that it features now.
On other news, the Destiny 2 servers are currently down for a hotfix on Playstation 4 and Xbox One so you will have to be patient if you want to dive in the game today.
Destiny 2 is already released for the Xbox One and Playstation 4 and is expected to have it’s official release for PC on October 24. Destiny 2 on PC will be available through the Blizzard App.