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

  • Beasticle1199

    Holy F***ING FLAME WAR! I didn’t even bother loading the rest of the comments after reading this heap of bullshit! Ken J, at first, I was on your side against the uneducated pricks here, but then you had to go and prove how much better you are in “physical shape” and listing your PC specs. Some of these people are trolls, and some people are just dumb! You seemed like the adult here as well as the smartest until you did that. Look I have an Xbox one, a 360 and a shit PC, but I still enjoy all of them! It makes me sad to see people who all love the same thing be arrogant and get worked up because of small difference in preference. Just my two god damn cents.

    • Zana

      Dude, you have a shit PC, and do most of your gaming on consoles, and work on the PC. Some people prefer doing everything on one machine, and spend their hard earned money on a decent gaming machine, and are annoyed that game developers just focus on the console types of people.

    • Ken J


      Um, and I have a Nintendo Wii, Xbox 360, and a PC. What’s your point?

    • Ken J

      And will you be another one of these guys that come in here, call me out, and when I disprove what they thought they were trying to say, they disappear instead of actually addressing it or admitting that they got the wrong idea? I’m just curious. Let’s see how you fare.

  • alostfraggle

    Lol Ken J,

    I am not your opponent, you are my Jester.

    • Ken J

      If that makes you feel better about yourself, then sure. :-)

  • Neo S

    There’s one sheer reason as to why this game won’t come out on PC, at least it’s the reason I hope for and if I were a developer, the same reason I would choose.

    The PC community is toxic and full of complete and utter childish trash. Just go through the comments. If you don’t feel an ounce of regret for siding with this disgusting excuses for human beings then that’s because you’re part of the same crowd.

    • Ken J

      Kind of weird that all of the petty name-calling is mostly not coming from the PC gamers then. Lol. 😛

  • Will H

    I am sort of on both sides. I have a PC which I use to games but also a console. Whikst the spec may be better on my PC I like that me and a group of mats can all gather round and play cod together. Whilst I think that PC games are better value for money and PCs are easier to cutomise I also enjoy being able to access my gaming clips from my phone via smartglass. Im torn, however I really dont think you should be getting caught up in a flame war over this.

  • leo

    I would just like to say I would buy it if they Came out with a pc version. Consoles are easier to program for because you only set one graphics setting for that console, program for that consoles set hardware, and your done. There are limitless combinations of computer hardware that you have to make sure won’t derp up and cause a crash, due to driver issues. You get better graphics capabilites due to more overall compute power, but drivers can be an issue.

  • Skyrim_Gamer74

    Yeah…heaven forbid Destiny being played in true 1080p/1440p/4K resolutions @a decent 60fps or higher. To be quite honest though, the game would still be terrible even if brought to PC.

    • Ken J

      Read about all of the features taken out of Witcher 3 due to them needing to develop the game for the “lowest common denominator?” And people still have doubts about whether or not the industry is being held back…

      So most likely even if this was released for the PC, it’ll probably look the same just because the developer will be too lazy to actually develop it to fully take advantage of PC hardware…

  • Bill Myers

    So as a developer I can the one and only reason that you will not see this and many other games for PCs is because developers have gotten lazy. Writing the code for consoles is so so easy. The language and skills required are a joke that most of the dev houses are full of noobs that couldn’t program a 8088 proc with machine language nevermind some craptastic java and html code.
    If you are really serious about wanting games on the PC you need to vote with your wallet. Devs will not change the model until that happens. And from all the meetings I have been privy to I don’t expect that to occur anytime.