Why Destiny isn't destined for PC

Cross-gen console game Destiny isn't in development for PC, because it would "spread ourselves so thin that it negatively harms the other platforms."

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Destiny is a cross-gen console game, but it isn't coming to PC like some of the others that are bridging the gap. Bungie says that's for good reason, since the studio isn't large enough to support too many versions and adding PC to the docket would push them past their limit.

"It's a huge challenge to ship four platforms and a massive opportunity to reach a new audience," community manager Eric Osborne told IGN. "We know there are a lot of people out there asking for PC and we know that there are a lot of gamers that would willingly give us money, but what we have to do is make sure we're focused enough to bring a good experience to any platform that we ship on. What we 100 percent are not going to do is spread ourselves so thin that it negatively harms the other platforms. So right now we have the four platforms, which is a lot to focus on."

Osborne reportedly acknowledged the possibility of a PC version, but was firm about it not being in development alongside the console ones. That means if a PC version ever does come, it will be quite a wait.

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    November 5, 2013 6:45 AM

    Steve Watts posted a new article, Why Destiny isn't destined for PC.

    Cross-gen console game Destiny isn't in development for PC, because it would "spread ourselves so thin that it negatively harms the other platforms."

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      November 5, 2013 6:54 AM

      Meh, Bungie gave up on PC after Myth 2. Never expected this one to come to PC. I'll look forward to some shitty port 2 years after its released though.

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      November 5, 2013 7:05 AM

      They forgot to add "It would also give everyone on the team AIDS and we try to minimize the amount of AIDS-having."

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      November 5, 2013 7:20 AM

      Thinking back to their Mac roots, wonder if they'd just rather make a Mac version. Except they would only sell about 100 copies.

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      November 5, 2013 7:38 AM

      I'm actually more excited for this one than Titanfall even. Can't wait.

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        November 5, 2013 9:38 AM

        Seems like very different games. I am interested in both.

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      November 5, 2013 7:41 AM

      That's unfortunate. Looks like I'll be picking up a PS4 in the spring.

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      November 5, 2013 7:42 AM

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        November 5, 2013 7:47 AM

        It's not an MMO.

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          November 5, 2013 7:59 AM

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            November 5, 2013 10:42 AM

            Looking at Destiny again, it reminds me of Huxly. Early game that got announced for 360/PC that never made it out of development.

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              November 5, 2013 10:45 AM

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              November 5, 2013 1:30 PM

              It made it to beta.

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              November 5, 2013 2:31 PM

              Huxley was basically a bog standard FPS but with a multiplayer server browser.

              Seemed an odd concept.

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              November 5, 2013 3:08 PM

              Wow I played that game at e3 2005 I think. Always wondered what happened to it

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            November 5, 2013 10:47 AM

            IIRC, isn't it more like Borderlands/Diablo 3/etc? Like, there's a game, and you're playing it SP, all by your lonesome, except when you invite friends/random internet people?

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          November 5, 2013 9:28 AM

          It looks like some sort of combo between guild wars and borderlands and the footage I have seen looks nice but nothing mind blowing. Halo is a tough act to follow. I think they should have kept destiny focused on the xb1/ps4.

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      November 5, 2013 7:53 AM

      Isn't Respawn smaller than Bungie? I think it's more a matter of Titanfall having a PC version earlier in the project scope, whereas Activision and Bungie made Destiny a 360 / XBox One exclusive from the outset of signing their contract in 2010 ( http://www.shacknews.com/article/73898/bungies-destiny-exclusive-to-xbox-360-launching-in-2013-original ).

      So to now say "Oh, it's a huge challenge... we'd be spreading ourselves thin" is a bit disingenuous, because Bungie set themselves up for this years ago.

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        November 5, 2013 7:57 AM

        Considering that Destiny went from a two-platform exclusive to a four-platform title gives creedance to Bungie's justification for not developing for the PC yet.

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          November 5, 2013 8:19 AM

          They said they would be spreading themselves too thin, but they didn't say WHY they are in this state, with a team that's bigger than the one making Titanfall for PC, XBox One, and XBox 360. I remember back in 2010 hearing that Sony was eager to have Bungie develop a game on their platform, so those were the plans that Bungie and Activision laid out in 2010.

          "PC? Maybe next game... (it's in the contract.)"

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            November 5, 2013 8:52 AM

            You're comparing these two games and the size of their dev teams as if they are similar in scope at all.

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              November 5, 2013 9:32 AM

              Okay, but I'd feel better if they held to the language of the original contract in 2010, and say that PC was never in scope for Destiny.

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                November 5, 2013 1:33 PM

                You really seem to nitpick over trivial stuff like this with developers.

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            November 5, 2013 9:15 AM

            Titanfall is not a multiplatform MMO, though.

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        November 5, 2013 12:56 PM

        all bullshit and spinning aside, Titan Fall appears to be a MUCH SMALLER GAME IN SCOPE than Destiny.

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          November 6, 2013 7:43 AM

          It also uses the source engine which is built for scaling for multiple platforms out the door.

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        November 5, 2013 1:53 PM

        I think you might be the first video game conspiracy theorist.

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        November 6, 2013 1:52 AM

        Yeah they are, but Respawn have only the Xbox One and PC version of Titanfall to develop. They hand picked an independent studio to develop the 360 version of the game. So I'd say Bungies hands are pretty full at the moment. Plus Titanfall is a linear map based shooter whereas Destiny is an MMO.

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        November 6, 2013 2:47 AM

        Destiny is apparently a huge ambitious story with over 100 hours of campaign content plus a competitive multiplayer section.

        Titanfall almost doesn't have a single player mode. It's just multiplayer with some story attached.

        They're projects with vastly different scopes.

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      November 5, 2013 7:54 AM

      Of all the reasons to not develop for a platform, there's is the most reasonable.

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      November 5, 2013 8:19 AM

      Probably the most annoying aspect of all these cross gen games

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      November 5, 2013 8:21 AM

      I hope this is more than just borderlands with grinding

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        November 5, 2013 9:29 AM

        My concerns as well.

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        November 5, 2013 9:54 AM

        I kind of expect it be borderlands scifi without humor to be honest.

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      November 5, 2013 9:22 AM

      Stupid excuse, what ever lets you sleep at night. Still am looking forward to the game.

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      November 5, 2013 9:31 AM

      I didn't even know this was cross-gen... ugh.

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      November 5, 2013 10:01 AM

      Cut PS3 and Xbox360. Problem solved! Sigh. If any game justifies a new console purchase it would be this one so far.

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        November 5, 2013 11:20 AM

        Seriously. I'm sure they'll ditch those within a year of release.

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      November 5, 2013 10:13 AM

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        November 5, 2013 1:39 PM

        Yeah, and they have a large publisher too. They could just outsource the PC porting. It's because the risk v. reward ratio isn't as good as on consoles. More competition, for starters.

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        November 6, 2013 9:55 PM

        This and the fact that they may have a deal to be exclusive to consoles for a year.

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      November 5, 2013 10:20 AM

      Who even expected them to support the platform that made them famous?

      Bungie = Console only.

      Plus I highly doubt this will be all that awful to miss out on - I'm planning on trying Titanfall WAY before I would be interested in this game, anyway.

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      November 5, 2013 12:43 PM

      Meh, seems like a poor excuse. Bungie isn't exactly a small dev. Plenty smaller devs make games for all platforms. Can't say I'm interested enough in this to be disappointed till they show some more gameplay.

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      November 5, 2013 1:28 PM

      For some reason I thought they were touting a PC release all along. Must have been confusing it with Titanfall.

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      November 5, 2013 3:17 PM

      Looks like a mediocre game anyway.

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      November 6, 2013 7:39 AM

      It's an MMO, they obviously can't let mouse people on or they would dominate the gamepad folks

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      November 8, 2013 12:37 AM

      This is some serious B.S . I was going to buy this on pc for sure.

      Not ill have to be satisfied with ps4 version ? I don't think so. Might as well get the Division

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