Destiny 2 will handle recoil differently on PC than the console versions, Bungie confirms. Many PC gamers were delighted when Destiny 2 was announced for their platform, but now some are concerned that the game will offer a much different gameplay experience.
In an interview published this week, Destiny 2 project lead Mark Noseworthy revealed that the PC version of the game has “no recoil.” Noseworthy explained that “With a mouse and keyboard, you don’t want the mouse moving without you moving it” as that doesn’t feel good. The developer also noted that “recoil on the controller feels really good” as result of “magnetism and all the magic in the controller that makes you feel it” but Destiny 2 PC players hoping to use keyboard and mouse to play the game were unhappy.
After fans raised their concerns, Noseworthy took to Twitter to clarify his comments. The developer told a fan that Destiny 2 PC recoil is “still there” but it is “heavily modified” in comparison to the PS4 and Xbox One versions of the game. Noseworthy also added that if Destiny 2 PC players use a controller instead of a mouse and keyboard, the game “plays like the console version.”
Clarification on PC recoil from our PC Lead. It's still there; but heavily modified from console. https://t.co/AgOmKO5GDq
— Mark Noseworthy (@knowsworthy) June 22, 2017
Plays like the console version.
— Mark Noseworthy (@knowsworthy) June 23, 2017
The reaction to Noseworthy’s statements seems to be mixed. Some fans have responded to the developer’s words well, saying that they are glad that Bungie and Destiny 2 PC co-developer Vicarious Visions are taking their feedback seriously. Destiny 2 will feature an uncapped framerate and 4K support on PC, along with several other platform-specific features. The decision to use the Blizzard Launcher for social features in the PC version of the game is also good news. PC players mostly feel as though their needs are being catered to.
But on the other hand, some fans still have big questions about the PC version of the game. The first Destiny features stability-related perks and fans want to know if these will still be available and work properly in Destiny 2 on PC. And how will this impact Destiny 2 PC’s competitive multiplayer? Will players using a keyboard and mouse be able to battle alongside or against those using a controller? There could be a huge skill difference there that makes an uneven battlefield.
As Destiny 2 launches on PC over a month after the console versions, Bungie and Vicarious Visions could use this extra time to make the appropriate tweaks. Whether this will pay off is a mystery for now.
Destiny 2 releases September 6, 2017 for PS4 and Xbox One, and October 24th for PC.