Update: Bungie have given further details regarding how the symbol made it into the full game via a post made yesterday. The text of the brief FAQ Bungie posted is here:
“How did it happen?
The design in question was initially created as part of gear foundry explorations in June of 2015. Graphic designers routinely reference real world art, iconography, typeface, and other design elements to inform the choices they make. In this case, some of the reference imagery featured the simple mirrored chevron shapes found in the finished piece. Some graphic design that belongs to sports teams provided some inspiration as well, along with some primitive shapes and chevrons that were used to permeate our Guardian class iconography.
How did we miss this content in development?
Although the design wasn’t emulative of the meme in question, the armor piece was eventually flagged by another team responsible for reviewing content for cultural, geographical, and other sensitive issues. Unfortunately, that review was conducted to explore whether or not we were comfortable with the connection to the original, innocuous “kek” internet meme. The more contemporary, vile derivation that has been repurposed by hate groups was not surfaced through this process, and therefore, the armor was approved for ship.
What steps are we taking to ensure that this won’t happen again?
We are digging in to determine how we can more deeply vet our game content to shield us, and our community, from inappropriate imagery. Though we are still investigating our creative process in full, we know there was no degree of malicious intent from anyone on our team. That said, we do recognize that the design in question is close enough to warrant removal from the game.
We want everyone to know their identity is welcome in our studio and in the worlds we create. This isn’t merely a platitude, but an official pillar we hold ourselves, and our work to. It is also a clarion call for the type of people we want to bring into our studio to help us make better games.
We aren’t asking you for the benefit of the doubt. We know we are judged by our actions. We want to thank the members of our community, and the press, for bringing this matter to our attention. We will always strive to make all players feel welcome in our worlds, to promote positive experiences, and to portray a bright and hopeful world in Destiny 2, and in every game world we create.”
Original: Bungie have patched Destiny 2 to remove an item which shared imagery similar to that used by far right and white supremacist groups.
A pair of legendary Hunter gauntlets had a design which was similar to the ‘Kekistan’ flag, a fictional country whose flag is designed to hark back to Nazi imagery.
This flag has recently been seen amongst white supremacist groups, such as those marching in the US in recent weeks.
The Destiny 2 developer apologised for the similarity and announced they were removing the item on Twitter. The statement reads: “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.”
“Our deepest apologies. This does NOT represent our values, and we are working quickly to correct this. We renounce hate in all forms.”
2/2 Our deepest apologies. This does NOT represent our values, and we are working quickly to correct this. We renounce hate in all forms.
— Bungie (@Bungie) September 12, 2017
Bungie later went on to announce that the offending item has since been removed, again via Twitter. “This imagery has been removed from the shared game world. It will be removed from inspections and icons in a HotFix planned for next week.”
This imagery has been removed from the shared game world. It will be removed from inspections and icons in a HotFix planned for next week. https://t.co/Mom6ZGiSMa
— Bungie (@Bungie) September 12, 2017