The newest Destiny 2: The Witch Queen trailer accidentally used a bit of fan art that one artist posted nearly a year ago.
As Twitter user Zyron Kai (opens in new tab) flagged over the weekend, one of the many jump cuts on the wall of evidence shown in the trailer features an image of Xivu Arath, the Hive god of war, which artist Mal E (opens in new tab) posted on Twitter (opens in new tab) back on October 30, 2020. It's been gussied up a bit for the trailer, but the resemblance is uncanny. You can see it for yourself around the 42 second mark, though only for a brief moment.
All this deception. All the lies. Now the Light? But why? pic.twitter.com/LT3OJJqTjrSeptember 24, 2021
Mal E responded (opens in new tab) to their art's reappearance shortly after it was noticed, agreeing with the popular theory that it was probably a mistake that slipped through production without being updated, and jokingly celebrating that their art was good enough to make it into a trailer despite not winning a fan art showcase.
Destiny community manager Cozmo followed up on the situation today. "There was a mix-up when creating this post and @relay314's art was accidentally used," he confirmed (opens in new tab). "We have reached out to them and got permission to use their work and are now crediting them for this awesome community depiction of Xivu Arath."
Even before this resolution, Mal E repeatedly stressed that they didn't feel Bungie used their art intentionally or maliciously, at one point tweeting (opens in new tab) that "I can’t for the life of me imagine something so blatant as this is anything but a weird mistake," and swiftly adding that it is important to flag situations like this when they come up – as they occasionally do in this industry. But especially now that Bungie's formally reached out, it's clear there's no bad blood on either side.
so so so sorry for anyone who got caught up in some of the messy parts of this. pretty stressful weekend and I had no control over this whole situation but I’m sooo moved over how awesome the Destiny community is, thanks everyone who supported me during this strange weekend!!💙💙September 27, 2021
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