Yup, you read that right. Here is the petition form to get beards added in Bungie’s upcoming release, Destiny.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ll know that Destiny’s beta is currently out for the PlayStations 3 and 4 and in the next few days it’ll also be available for us Xbox users on both our Xbox 360s and Xbox Ones (due to finish on June 27th). Throughout the community, we’ve seen a very common trend in feedback based around the customer creation, more specifically the lack of facial hair customisation for the human characters. Whilst creating your character, or “guardian” you choose between one of three races, the Exos (a robotic, Terminator-like race), the Awoken (an ethereal greyish-blue skinned race of humanoids) or Humans (dudes like you and I). The customisation screen for each race is very intricate, allowing you to choose the style of hair, face, markings and of course colours of each of the previous. At this point usually, if desired a player would also be able to choose some kind of facial hair for their humanoid guardians (it totally makes sense for the Exos not to have this option), however Destiny currently fails to offer any kind of options. Whether or not they are simply leaving the beard and moustache options out of the alpha and beta builds seems to be a mystery and it’s clear that Bungie are keeping their cards close to their chest as, despite all the questioning from the community, they’ve not yet confirmed plans for the face-fuzz to appear when the game launches.
Now, understandably some of you will read this and say “Shut up Jamie! Destiny is gonna be awesome, beards or no beards!” and to that I say, “YES!” I completely agree with you. Like yourselves, I’ve played hundreds of games where the character or characters I’ve been playing as have been bare-chinned, and no, it’s never really made the slightest bit of difference. However, in a recent article detailing the three playable species in Destiny, I touched on what creating a character means to me and how I strive for my character to bare similarities to myself, including my fairly large beard and I’m happy to say, I’m not alone. Spend just a few minutes on the Bungie forums, or scan your eyes over the social networks and you’ll find an army of my fellow bearded warriors all chanting one almighty battle cry; “WHERE ARE THE BEARDS!?”
It’s surprising to see that beards aren’t currently an option for character creation, given that many members of Bungie development team are warriors of the fuzz. Take Destiny’s game design lead, Sage Merrill and writer Jonathan Goff for example;
In a recent podcast with IGN’s Executive Editor, Ryan McCaffrey, Bungie’s Community Manager, David Dauge, who more frequently goes by the name, Deej said how he, as the voice and face of Bungie will always do his best to listen and respond to the community. He goes on to say about how any form of communication or discussion on or around Bungie’s games are always noted, be them positive or negative! (You can check out IGN’s podcast, including Ryan’s interview with Deej right here)
So, to you fellow gamer I ask this one thing; below you will find a petition for the attention of our friend, Deej. The petition will announce our interest in adding beards to the character creation tool within Destiny. To sign, simply leave your name and/or your Gamertag or PSN ID in our comments section below. Of course, the more this article is shared around, the more interest it generates and thus, more signatures, so please don’t be shy to share this petition with your friends and family. Naturally, by hitting the share buttons you can also whack it up on Facebook and Twitter, which will also be appreciated greatly. We’ll also be promoting the hashtag #BeardsFromBungie, so please don’t be shy and join the fun!
Alongside this petition, we’ll also be promoting a tweet from the All Things Xbox Twitter page reading the following;
— All Things Xbox (@AllThingsXbox) July 20, 2014
Please feel free to hit the retweet button once you’ve signed!
On with our message to Bungie;