I don’t really know whether it’s surprising at all but Bungie have confirmed that players’ Destiny beta characters will not be carried over into Destiny.
News of this decision comes from a post on the official Bungie blog, with reasoning provided by designer Tyson Green:
“Since the Beta, we’ve continued to tune and adjust the game. The way you earn experience has been adjusted up and down a bunch of times. Items have been added and removed. New features toggled. Although there’s no single monumental change, the sum of the tweaks leaves characters from the Beta Build in strange shape that would be confusing at best, broken at worst.”
Well, at least you get to level up your character all over again.