Veterans of the original Destiny have been begging Bungie for some kind of recognition or callback to the events in the first game to acknowledge the heroes in Destiny 2. Bungie has been mum on some of those details until now.
Over on the official Bungie website there's a brief breakdown of how Bungie will be paying homage and respect to players from the first game. This includes emblems that will be visible from orbit while putting together a party. It's mentioned in the post that the emblems being visible in Destiny 2 are for the characters who completed certain tasks in the first game.
Some of these memorialization emblems include things like players who completed a Moment of Triumph during the first year of Destiny. That's going to be a rare one since only people who played Destiny during the first year out will have that emblem made available for their character. People who jumped into the fray years later won't be able to get a hold of that particular Laurel Triumphant.
There's also the Laurea Prima II, which is reserved only for those who completed 10 Moments of Triumph during the first year of Destiny. Others include Lore Scholar, which is reserved for players who achieved a Grimoire score of 5,000 in the original Destiny, or Heard The Call, which is available to those who owned The Taken King and managed to complete eight Moments of Triumph during Destiny's second year.
As reported by Polygon, in preparation for the launch of Destiny 2, Bungie will use a few weeks to collate the data and make sure everything works right proper when it's time to make the transition from the first game to the second. So you'll only have until August 1st to complete certain objects to unlock veteran emblems for the highly anticipated first-person shooter sequel.
Polygon also mentions that the PlayStation exclusive gear that Xbox owners haven't been able to get their hands on yet, will finally arrive on Xbox consoles this fall during October. The Destiny: The Taken King PlayStation exclusive items will be available on both the Xbox 360 and Xbox One, while Destiny: Rise of Iron exclusive gear will only be available for the Xbox One. Of course, the expansion Rise of Iron was only made available for the Xbox One and PS4, so it makes sense why it wouldn't be available for Xbox 360 gamers.
The comment section isn't particularly fond of the exclusivity deals that Activision struck with Sony for Destiny. A lot of players made spiteful comments about having to wait a year or two in order to get their hands on PlayStation exclusive items for the Xbox version(s). Others defended the deal as a necessary evil to fund development, even though in this case Activision had footed the bill ($500 million to be exact) well ahead of any announcements for platform exclusive items.
Others who have put in a lot of time and effort with Destiny also weren't too thrilled that their only recognition would be through emblems, but it makes sense given the nature of the game and how they're scrapping a lot of what was established in the first game and starting over in Destiny 2.
You can look for the sequel to launch this September for Xbox One and PS4, and in October for PC.