Destiny fans are no strangers to charity drives. Just months after GuardianCon 2017 raised more than $1 million for charity, Bungie once again turned to its community – this time, those firmly entrenched in the brand new Destiny 2 – for help. In an effort to help those affected by Hurricane Harvey, Bungie released limited edition Destiny 2 pins, with all proceeds from the sales going toward Direct Relief and that organization’s mission to support the people in Houston, Texas and other impacted areas.
In what should come as no surprise to those who have followed the Destiny community’s charity exploits over the last few years, Destiny 2‘s Guardians came through once more. The sales of Destiny 2 pins raised over $500,000 USD, a staggering total given the short window of time they were available. This total was confirmed in an email Bungie sent to those who bought a pin, thanking them for their contribution while also stating that an in-game Emblem would be made available to purchasers once the pins shipped out.
While Destiny 2 still struggles with frame rate issues and the usual bugs that are revealed by millions playing a game at the same time, it’s hard not to admire Bungie’s ability to rally the community around a good cause amidst player complaints. It’s also a testament to the Destiny 2 community that players set aside whatever frustrations they might have with the game’s launch, if any, and focused on the humanitarian aspect of a disaster that negatively impacted thousands of people.
Bungie’s focus on Destiny 2 content hasn’t wavered since organizing the charity drive, either. On top of a successful charity campaign on behalf of Direct Relief, Bungie has also released Destiny 2‘s Faction Rally event, which has been met with exceedingly positive reception as Guardians try to convince others to join their specific faction. Destiny 2‘s Iron Banner monthly PvP event is also set to launch soon, so Guardians will have no shortage of content to pass the time before their pins arrive at some point in October.
Destiny 2 is out now for PS4 and Xbox One, and releases on October 24, 2017 for PC.