13 September, 2017
The developer took to Twitter earlier today to note that it had been made aware of the similarities between a then-unnamed gauntlet and a common hate symbol, and would remove the item from the game in response.
Bungie, the designers behind last week's massive game Destiny 2, publicly acknowledged and apologized on Tuesday for what is a freakish coincidence at best and a troubling decision at worst: the use of a prominent neo-Nazi flag symbol in the game. "We renounce hate in all forms". The Bellevue, Wash. company clarified the similarity to online hate group Cult of Kek's flag was unintentional.
- Bungie (@Bungie)2/2 Our deepest apologies.
Even though the gauntlets hadn't been brought up as problematic by the Destiny community at large, the reality is that nipping this thing in the bud is absolutely the right move. Alt-right protesters have been seen carrying the flag at rallies before. As explained by the Southern Poverty Law Center, the term is based on video game forum language and an Egyptian god named Kek which has a frog's head.
Bungie announced the decision earlier today in a tweet, although the exact armor was not mentioned.Bungie CEO and founder, Pete Parsons, also tweeted on the situation and said the companies values "place the highest emphasis on inclusion of all people and respect for all who work with us or play our games".