No, Destiny Won't Support Cross-Generation Play
Posted by Wayne Davies
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Destiny will not support cross-platform play due to fairness and the perception among gamers that the more powerful systems will have an advantage over others, according to Bungie.
The news comes in a recent interview with Digital Trends, where, Bungie engineer, Roger Wolfson openly discussed why next-gen gamers won't be able to interact with friends who are playing Destiny on last-gen systems.
“I’ll speak for the hypothetical player. I have a disadvantage sniping across the map because [my opponent with a next-gen console] is only two pixels on my screen and I’m four pixels on his. You see that in the world of PC gaming, where people are always racing to the best video card to give themselves the advantage.”
“Regardless of where the reality is, there’s definitely a perception among gamers that better hardware means you have an advantage. We don’t want to have to enter that fray, so to create the best, most level playing field, both actually and perceptually, we separated it by platform.”
The Destiny Beta is only days away from being available on June 24th for Xbox One and Xbox 360 and Bungie are already looking to the future by using their cloud-based profile system to allow players to progress their characters and content to later installments.
“Let’s say Destiny 2 [and] Destiny 3 are out, and we have new players joining the fun. They want to play those new games alongside those who have been playing Destiny from the beginning. [We want to ensure] they won’t feel like they’re four years behind. And then, if they want to, they’ll be able to go back and pick up the old content on their same character.”
“So we’ve done a lot of planning for how that’s going to work, to not make people feel like they have years worth of leveling up to do.”
The concern of fairness in cross-platform play games as been a hot topic debate for a long time, especially in a competitive or PvP environment. That being said, you can find many games that support cross-play with tablets and even the likes of Portal 2 featured PS3 and PC co-op play.
Do you think an MMO like Destiny should feature some kind of cross-generation interaction? Even if its a social hub area for friends to hang out? Lets us know in the comments.