This Is Why There Is No PC Version of ‘Destiny’

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Destiny Not Coming To PC

When Bungie parted ways with the Xbox-exclusive Halo brand for the chance to start a new franchise, it was the studio’s first opportunity to develop a triple-A video game that spans multiple platforms. Their concept, revealed last year to be Destiny, comes to PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One all on the same day later this year. As for the PC version of the game, there’s been nothing but dodgy answers and ‘maybes.’

In truth, despite talk of the PS4 and Xbox One being easy to develop for compared to PCs – and certainly easier to port titles over – there is no PC version of Destiny in development. At least not yet. Bungie senior writer and head of community, Mark Osborne, wouldn’t confirm or deny, only explaining that “the more platforms [they] take on, the more work it ultimately becomes, and what [they] don’t want is to compromise the core experience on any platforms. ”

In the year since, questions raised about a PC version of the game have been danced around until a recent press event where Activision flew in media to Bungie HQ to answer these sorts of questions and get hands-on with the game. Here, design lead Lars Bakken told Eurogamer the cold, harsh truth that even if the game is developed and tested on PCs: “The truth is it’s not that simple.”

“The console SKUs are really important for us and that’s what we’re focusing on. We’re doing it all internally ourselves. That’s a huge endeavour. That’s not something we’ve ever done before.

“So when I’m playtesting and I’m trying to play PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PS3, that’s a lot of work. Adding another thing on there is just crazy. It’s crazy to think of right now.”

He did offer a little hope by reiterating that even though there are no plans for a PC version at the moment, that doesn’t mean there won’t be in the future. And if not, maybe for the sequels? Bungie COO Pete Parsons shared the same sentiment as Bakken, explaining his appreciation for PCs, but with the disclaimer that releasing four different versions of the game on the same day is quite a feat for the studio which has historically only developed its games for one platform at a time.

Destiny Screenshots - Sneak Attack

If Destiny were an offline game, that would make it easier for a PC version to be made alongside the consoles, but both developers explain that it’s more complicated than it sounds because of how each platform connects to the same “one central world.” It’s possible, but the 500-person Bungie studio can’t afford to spend time thinking and working on that with only a few months left until its September release date.

The title was designed from the outset with the consoles as the primary platform, but they do hear the fans and the talk, and just like they said a year ago, “look forward to future conversations around PC” – whatever that means. Destiny represents another major release that neglected the PC market, after the long-awaited Grand Theft Auto V skipped it in 2013 as well. Despite the recent news that the PC gaming just surpassed consoles in global video games revenue, most triple-A multiplatform titles see their best unit sales on consoles.

What platform will you be playing Destiny on or are you holding out for the chance of a future PC release?

Destiny releases September 9, 2014 for the PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.


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Source: Eurogamer

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


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  1. Consoles suck , compared to PCs… this is ridiculous and ludicrous , especially when the game had been built on PCs … with PC versions you can personalise and upgrade the hardware for better performance, and it is more portable if you have laptop, instead of just playing it on big PC and having a big clunky console only.

    • I wouldn’t say consoles suck, there are legitimate reasons why some people prefer consoles over PC’s. Unfortunately the fanboys like to harp on all of the myths instead like it being more expensive to be a PC gamer, or how you “need” to upgrade constantly. Anyone who isn’t an 1d10t and knows a thing about technology and PC hardware would know those two are not true. But there are legitimate reasons such as the console exclusives, or if they don’t know enough about PC’s to know how to keep them lean and mean.

      Unfortunately there is so much junk software out there, and even legitimate programs, when you try to install them, often times they try to install all kinds of junk on your computer, and the legitimate programs will include a bunch of useless background processes that the average user is unaware of. So if you’re not familiar enough with it, you can easily end up with a high-end PC that behaves like a low-end PC due to all of the crap that ends up on the PC without the average user realizing it. So for simplicity sake, some people prefer consoles, and I totally understand that.

      But I do have to agree that the current “next gen” consoles are WAY too far behind in the technology compared to every other generation of consoles compared to the PC hardware of their time… It kind of sucks for the console gamers, but it seems some of them still haven’t noticed. Ignorance is bliss I guess. But in the end, it’s the consumers that will suffer if people keep accepting mediocrity as the standard…

      • Yes they do suck, and here are my reasons.
        Since they are built only for games in mind, why are they difficult to cart around? With a decent PC laptop, you can cart it to friends place, which could be in a different country etc and join in the game. A powerful high spec notebook with HDMI port to TV screens does the trick on portability.

        If you know what you doing on a PC, you know how to keep it running clean, in some cases having a partitioned drive would solve the issue or even having two pcs, one for games, and the other for work and mucking about on the web etc…obviously your high specs would be for games and low specs for other stuff, and a portioned drive you can an OS installed on each… Linux side for stuff, and windows side for games, some people even have Steam OS.

        • And like I’ve just said, some people do not know what they are doing on the PC and you can’t blame people for not having the same priorities as you do when it comes to learning how to do certain things on their PC. Some people only care enough about technology to use them for their own entertainment, they don’t care enough to really learn about them, so you can’t expect everyone to spend the time to learn about different things on the PC. And that’s why consoles have a purpose, some people like the simplicity of it, and for them, they serve a purpose. Just because they’re not for you doesn’t mean they “suck.” I’m a PC gamer but I recognize the market for consoles because I know not everyone will know how to keep a PC running lean. Thus where all of the myths about how you need to constantly upgrade your PC comes from. It’s basically due to user error, and they bog down their PC’s and they start to run slow, and instead of recognizing it’s something they did wrong, they blame the hardware.

          And honestly, you don’t even need to partition your drives. I have mine partitioned just to separate storage from the main boot drive, but I don’t have separate boots for gaming and use, I just know how to not install extra junk and I know how to remove all of the background processes that are not required.

  2. 1. So what I got out of this:

    Its too hard! We want to make the easy money. Fact is, there are a lot of PC gamers out there that do not have the desire to move to console. I have no desire to game on console.

    A future release possibility is not enough to make me want to buy it. If it doesn’t come out with the other versions, odd’s are it will not have the luster after 6 months to 1 year’s time as it did on the release of the other platforms.

    As much as I enjoyed Halo, my days buying Bungie games are over.

    • I used to play on consoles but that was long time ago. Owned PSX, PS2 and now PS3 (didn’t turned it on in last year and half) and to be honest all those talks about them being cheaper are BS. Yes they cost less then PC, but they don’t last that long and you can’t play games from previous generations.

      My 3.5 year old PC have more gaming power then both PS4 and XBONE together and only thing I had upgraded during that time was to add additional HDD and new GPU and it still can play any game on medium to max details.
      Next year I plan to buy new GPU, but that’s only because I am moving to 4K.

      I understand that didnt want to split resources to release it on same date as consoles, but as XBONE/PS4 using same HW they are already half way there and I don’t see reason why they cant make it to PC in 6 months, hell, if cross platform multiplayer is what they are worried about, then make it separate for PC.

    • I think you are underestimating the difficulty of developing the game for PC on top of the of the other platforms already included. With console development you have the advantage of tailoring the game to a single hardware specification; you know the exact limits of that specification and you can be assured that it won’t be changing. On PC you introduce a huge amount of variety in hardware; the game would then have to be play-tested and made to scale across numerous systems.

      It would be nice to be able to play Destiny on PC and I hope it happens sooner than later but the fact that we can’t is not because they are lazy or greedy but that they wanted to make sure the game was solid on the console platforms.

      If they had attempted to include PC I am sure they would have to leave out features and polish in order to make the release date, and instead of complaining about not being able to play on PC everyone would be complaining about the lack of polish instead.

      I am a software developer and I assure you game development is a very long, hard, and complex process. Even with a 500 person team I think they made the right decision here.

      • @bluemiles

        That stopped being an issue AGES ago. That was an issue back in the day when there were still multiple API’s being used by different GPU companies. That was when game makers had to decide if they should make their game to support like Open GL, 3dfx, Direct3D, etc… I can’t remember all of the actual names off the top of my head. But anyway, now that it’s pretty much accepted that DirectX is the standard, that’s not really an issue anymore. As long as they set a minimum required spec, they can simply upscale things like texture resolutions, turn features like anti-aliasing on, types of filtering, etc. And honestly, that’s all optional. If they wanted to just make a game with one graphics setting, they could do that. If it would run on the consoles, it’ll run on just about every mid-range PC and up…

  3. Let this garbage stay on the damned consoles. Destiny is little more than the same bland, rehashed repetition I have seen before — only, boasting a $500 million price tag.

    How did this boring nonsense get any success? It is pathetic.

  4. The arrogance that the die hard PC gamers show is outstanding. It really is. It’s like listening to people who own Lamborghinis complain and moan about how people still drive around with a Volvo. We get it, your expensive computer system is amazing compared to a console, we’ve ALL heard it a billion times. The truth is this, I have a gaming laptop, it costed me 1400 and it’s the LOW end of high ends. Yeah, 1400, and why no desktop? I don’t have the room, just like MANY other people. And that’s half the price of my buddy’s which was 3000 (4k because he is making payments). Add the fact that mine can handle a lot of power but probably half of his and mine has to have graphics priorities set. A lot of work to go through just to get the best graphics to power consumption, it’s a wonder I even bothered with it not to mention the settings that take 15 minutes or more to read into because of how vague they are and testing to see if it’ll make game play smooth with good graphics. It’s far simpler for me to just turn my PS4 on my 1200 dollar 4K TV (cheaper than my laptop!) and just PLAY. No settings to tinker with and moderately comparable to the graphics on PC. That’s just ONE reason why a LOT of prefer console. My PS4 costed me 400 and the tv 1200 and has my satellite, blue ray and laptop hooked to it as well. 55 inch with better graphics than any monitor I’ve boughten. But whatever right? I’m a retard who doesn’t know anything about computers. Well, even if that WERE the case (I’m very knowledgeable in computing), the hassles are little to nothing on my PS4. Basic networking settings to tweak (also more complicated on PC) and a slight adjustment to brightness on the games I play. Done. Grab the controller, play from any angle of my bedroom, on the bed, on the couch, on a chair, on the floor. Yup, it’s the convenience. Not the ignorance, not the stupidity, not “not knowing how to use a PC”. It’s just convenience. And amazing gaming experience. Even having to set a controller up to a PC has its complications, a tedious process many of us just simply don’t care to spend the time for. And a mouse and keyboard? Gaming mouse settings and tweaks, and a good keyboard only adds MORE crap to the list of tediousness. Sure, easy for you, when you have the time and knowledge. But not all of us have that luxury.

    • Man, you’re so right, my PC that cost me $500 to upgrade to its current form (after 4.5 years from my previous upgrade) and was able to sell the old parts for $300, so it cost me a net cost of $200, and it’s faster than either the PS4 or Xbox One. Yep, that’s so much more expensive, because those consoles only cost like $100 right?

      Oh, wait, they don’t? Ok, now I’m confused, how is my gaming PC more expensive now? Maybe you mean the games, yah man, I get brand new games for about $40 – $45, and games about a month old for less than $30, and games a few months old sometimes under $20. Console games only cost $10 right?

      Oh, wait, they don’t? Ok, now I’m REALLY confused. Where is it cheaper to be a console gamer? I’m out of ideas… Oh, you like the simplicity of playing with a controller from anywhere on your tv? Oh right, because it’s not like PC’s have HDMI outputs now, that’s totally impossible, and it’s not like Xbox controllers work on PC’s or anything, so that’s totally impossible to do with a PC…

      Oh, wait, you mean that’s all possible with the PC as well? Oh, right, I have my PC connected to my HDTV via HDMI since my video card has both DVI and HDMI outputs, and I use that to watch HD-DVD, DVD, and Blu-Ray since I have a drive on my PC that plays all of those formats, I know you can do that with your consoles as well right?

      Oh, wait, you can only have DVD and Blu-Ray now? Oh man, that, um, I mean, it’s cool because that’s the standard now, but you can buy HD-DVD movies for like $1 since the format is discontinued, lol, so I’m really glad I can do that thanks to my PC and its combo drive, I have a huge movie collection that I didn’t have to spend as much on to upgrade everything to HD since I buy blu ray for my absolute favorite movies and HD DVD for the ones available and are not my top 100 movies…

      So wait, I’m extremely confused, what can your console do that my PC can’t? I am completely out of ideas now…

    • I never listen to a person that says “it costed me”.

  5. Reppy07, if that what you think all desktop pc are your not looking all that well. I can make a desktop barebones system twice as powerfull as any new console, and about 100 or so dollars cheeper than any new console.

    • My gaming PC I upgrade around 4.5 – 5 years apart. My latest upgrade comes about 4.5 years after my last upgrade. It’s faster than either Xbox One or PS4, and is “backwards compatible” so that means I can sell my old parts, while console gamers need to keep their old consoles if they ever wish to keep their old games. Otherwise, they have to start their game collection over at every generation, I still have every PC game I’ve ever bought, my collection just keeps getting larger and larger, no need to keep old hardware, no need to start my collection over, and my upgrade cost me $500 and I sold my old hardware for almost $300, so for me to have a gaming experience better than either “next gen” console cost me a net of $200 and I am starting it with a game collection that’s well over 100 games. A lot of them from “last generation” already looked better than the “next gen console” games…

      Yah, it’s pretty sad when people actually believe these myths about how expensive PC gaming is… Oh well.

    • I laugh every time I read about how they are re-releasing a game on current gen consoles that is from last generation’s console. These poor saps are buying their games twice, LMAO!!

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