On September 5th, Destiny 2 was released in the acclaims of the gaming community, bringing a better storyline and an improved gaming experience. However, not even a month after the release, several controversies were created around the game. Developer Bungie posted a few tweets claiming they had found a gauntlet in the game displaying a hate symbol. This wasn’t intentional, and it will be removed.
The signs in questioned resembled the Kekistan flag
Bungie said it was brought to the company’s attention that a specific gauntlet which one of the characters wore displayed a hate symbol. The developer didn’t want to offend anybody, so they made the thing public, and agreed to remove the sign. However, the interesting thing was that nobody among the Destiny 2 players had noticed.
Redditors decided to take immediate action, and they quickly managed to find the so-called offensive armor. The gauntlet, Road Complex AA1, in question displays two K letters placed back to back, and four horizontal lines which separate them. These signs are placed on the shoulder and the upper arm of the green armor.
Some Reddit users couldn’t help noticing how these signs resemble a white supremacist symbol, namely the Kekistan flag. This is nothing more than a sign used by supporters of the alt-right doctrine, which is also incredibly similar to a Nazi flag.
Bungie did exactly the right move
Even though the Destiny 2 community didn’t notice the sign, this was the best thing Bungie could do. As they are a big company, they cannot allow to promote political or social causes, even though this wasn’t their intention. Therefore, they couldn’t have allowed one of their artists to promote the cause he supports, even though the design wasn’t flashy.
On the other hand, the artist in question might not have even known about Kekistan, or that his design resembles a white supremacist symbol. However, at a certain point, someone would have noticed, and the situation wouldn’t have been too pleasant for Bungie.
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
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