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Bungie's still thinking about adding matchmaking to Destiny raids

'We’ve been thinking about that a lot,' says a developer, but other changes take precedence.


Steve Cotton, lead of world design for Bungie's Destiny shooter, gave an interview to Metro that touched on numerous topics—matchmaking for raids not least among them.

"We’ve been thinking about that a lot," Cotton said in regards to matchmaking for raids. The decision has to do with how Bungie evaluates and acts on player feedback.

"We are absolutely listening, and we’re absolutely thinking about stuff, and we are also absolutely prioritising the things that we want to do. So we’ve prioritised, in a lot of cases, giving players new adventures and new experiences. And then things like private matches, this is the right time to bring that into the game. So, I think it’s just about us trying to make the things that we think are the most impactful for each release. And constantly looking at stuff that people are talking about."

Ultimately, Cotton and his fellow Destiny developers target content rather than changes to pre-existing features. They're always listening to feedback, so matchmaking support for raids could happen if enough players continue to ask.

In the meantime, you can install Bungie's free Destiny companion app, which expedites finding players for raids. It's available for iOS and Android, and there's a desktop version, too.

Destiny players can look forward to new content when Destiny: Rise of Iron launches on September 20. On the same day, players who haven't bought in can pick up Destiny: The Collection, a compilation consisting of the base game and all DLC (including Rise of Iron) for only $60.

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    August 25, 2016 12:33 PM

    David Craddock posted a new article, Bungie's still thinking about adding matchmaking to Destiny raids

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      August 25, 2016 3:02 PM

      I used to be firmly against matchmaking for raids because I was convinced it would nearly always be destined (pun intended) for failure. I've changed my mind. At this point, fuck it, let the raid matchmake and if it's successful, awesome! If it isn't, oh well, a feature I won't use.

      Also add matchmaking to the Nightfall damn it!

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      August 26, 2016 12:51 AM


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      August 26, 2016 4:42 AM

      It's a big reason why I stopped playing. I have a few friends that played, but not enough for a regular raid group and I didn't want to have to use a third party service to find a person to play with. I know people have a go at blizzard over LFR, but it does allow for people to see all the content of the game if they aren't good enough/don't have the time.

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