Bungie Not Sure if ‘Destiny’ Can Stretch to PC

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To the surprise of no one, game developer Bungie has announced that their ambitious new sci-fi shooter, Destiny, will be released on both the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4, as well as current-generation consoles. There’s been plenty of concept art released already to keep anticipation warm, but E3 will finally allow us to get a better look at some actual gameplay, and hopefully clear up some specific details about the game.

The game has not yet been announced for either the Wii U or the PC, and though the latter is the more likely of the two to be added to Destiny‘s list of release platforms, there’s still been no indication either way as to whether or not Bungie is co-ordinating a PC release.

Speaking to IGN, Bungie’s senior writer and head of community, Mark Osborne, said that the company hasn’t definitely decided to release Destiny on PC, but that they haven’t written the idea off completely yet:

“We haven’t said yes, and we haven’t said no. The more platforms we take on, the more work it ultimately becomes, and what we don’t want is to compromise the core experience on any platforms. We have a lot of people who play on PCs. We have a lot of appetite to build that experience. We haven’t announced it yet, but we’re looking forward to talking more about that kind of stuff in the future.”

Towards the end of the quote it becomes a little ambiguous as to whether Osborne is referring to the PC experience or the core experience of the game, but the particularly salient part is at the beginning, where he seems to be saying that Bungie’s resources might not be able to stretch far enough for a PC release.

Since it’s been strongly suggested, particularly by the latest cinematic trailer’s focus on the “wolfpack”, that co-operative, online and multiplayer gameplay will be central to Destiny, the work involved with porting the game to PC wouldn’t end at release. In addition to providing technical support for an extra platform, Bungie would also ideally need to have additional dedicated servers to support PC players, since the game be always-online even in single-player.

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The first two games in Bungie’s best-known series to date, Halo, were eventually ported to PC, but neither of the most recent Halo games ever saw a PC release. Having said that, with the Halo series handed off to 343 Industries and Microsoft, Bungie now has the opportunity to set their new IP up on PC as well as next-gen consoles. This would go a long way towards supporting design director Joe Staten’s claim that Destiny will be better than Halo in a number of different ways.

Destiny is undoubtedly one of the most exciting new games coming out over the next year and, speaking as a PC gamer, it would be fantastic to see it released on the platform. However, it might be argued that no PC version at all would be better than just another bad console port. Either way, we probably won’t find out until Bungie makes a clear decision, which at this rate may not happen until after the game is released on consoles.

Would you like to see a PC release of Destiny? Do you think it’s going to happen?

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Destiny still doesn’t have a launch date, but is currently confirmed for release on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.

Source: IGN

TAGS: Activision, Bungie, Destiny, PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One

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  1. I’ll get it for whichever next-gen console I choose to purchase first but I’d still prefer a PC version.

  2. Personlally, id rather see it stay only for consoles.

    • Why?

      • so we finally have somthing other than gears to lord over the pc master race

        • I was just gonna say that im tired of there annoying and stupid comments,+1 sir

        • 1. We don’t know enough about this to be praising it like that yet.
          2. There are many other console exclusive titles.
          3. Thinking like that is childish.

          • Because PC has enough MMOs. Bungie is trying to change console gaming again and I say you let them.

          • Agreed x3

        • @art

          I’m sorry, but how is gears “lording” over the pc games? I know you console boys think it’s an awesome game, but seriously, I’ve played them. Bleh… Just like Halo, you guys make it seem like those games are so awesome, really, nothing new, and pretty bland and boring…

          • Would you please enlighten me on how you think Halo is bland, boring, and overrated?

          • @Shalkowski

            Um, maybe something about how the weapons do not make sense, such as the pistol being more accurate and more powerful than an assault rifle, and how you kill the exact same groups of enemies over and over and over and over… Can you please enlighten me what makes Halo such an innovative game?

  3. I can live without MMOs.

  4. I’d certainly prefer it on PC, simply because I don’t like console FPS controls. I don’t entirely understand the rationale of saying that the console versions would be somehow damaged by the existence of the PC version, unless they just mean that money is too tight to afford the extra work the PC version would require. If that’s the case, I’d be perfectly happy with a delayed PC release a few months or even a year or two after the console release. Just get it there sooner or later.

  5. The consoles can keep anything from Bungie… Halo was and is the most overrated game ever in my opinion. I’ve played most of them, and I really don’t understand what the big deal is…

    We will have Cyberpunk 2077 from CD Projekt Red and I bet that’ll be 100 times better than whatever Destiny will be…

    • Halo is alright. Average shooter in my opinion. Nothing special but I borrowed them from a friend and played them just for the story’s sake.
      Gears of War on the other hand is boring wack-a-mole shootery on testosterone through and through.

      I’m not sure about destiny. I’m wary of the mmo aspects. No mmo could ever hold my attention for more than a month or two.
      “Real” RPGs are usually much more interesting and atmospheric. The Witcher 3 and Cyberpunk look very promising indeed.

    • The campaign and story never interested me, but the online play was/is pretty addicting.

  6. This one should be on PC, otherwise what Bungie devs have been saying in interviews about getting it on all the right platforms would be BS. PC is the EASIEST for them to develop for.

  7. why the hell does the internet say 2013-14 for the release date when microsoft market place says destinys release date is 7/7/2077 this makes no sense and if the game waits till 2077 to be released that means one thing i and any1 else at my age or older will be dead before the game is released and that right there makes me super angry and pissed off can any1 confirm the correct release date

    • LOL, you’re not seriously asking that are you???

  8. It would be a very very huge let down if Destiny isn’t on PC. I say this because my PC is much more powerful than PS4 and Xbone right now and those systems are not going to be out for quite a few months. I just saw that TC’s The Division and Titanfall are both releasing on PC and though I am looking forward to this game more than any…I’m not buying a console just to play it when I already have a $3000 dollar PC that plays every game i’ve bought for it on max settings.

    • @33Legions

      Hey, keep an eye out for Cyberpunk 2077. It is being made for the PC first, then ported to the consoles. It’s being made by the same developer as The Witcher games, so it should be pretty awesome.

  9. Well it needs to go to PC if they want any adults to play and spend money on it…other wise its just going to be all the 12 year old kids playing on their consoles

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