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No, Destiny Won't Support Cross-Generation Play

Posted by Wayne Davies

In case you were wondering...

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.


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User Comments (4)



mitcHELLspawn said:

I'm very glad to be honest. It sucks because a lot of my friends still haven't upgraded to the Xbox one but if they keep offering cross platform play and keep developing games for the old systems people aren't going to make the jump to next gen...

I wish developers would either stop supporting the last Gen or do like several studios are doing now and have a different studio develop the last Gen version so they can use the new systems to their full potential.

I've been playing the beta on my ps4 for a few days now and I've gotta say, the game is pretty incredible ! I can't believe just how large of a scale this game is made on. Just the beta alone is massive and its only a small sliver of the actual game. The graphics are great, attention to detail is beautiful, class systems are well fleshed out and realized, it all just comes together beautifully...

I will most definitely be grabbing this day one on my Xbox one as long as they hit 1080p natively like they say they are going to be able to!

Finally.. It really sucks to see barely any comments or discussion on this websites articles :/ I'm a big fan of push square, the Playstation version of your guys site and there's always great, friendly discussion Goin on over there. Come on people let's make this site just as great !!



Generik said:

@mitcHELLspawn I can't wait for my beta keys later this week. This game was the tipping point to finally get on the PS4 train and I've pre-ordered the white Destiny PS4 bundle. As it is now I have hardly any friends that have upgrade to Xbox One, so I figured I might as well move to the console that was getting the most bang for the same buck.

I think we are getting very close to seeing the end of the cross generation development. Most of these games were in the pipe already when the Xbox One and PS4 were launching. We are coming up on them being a year old and I would guess almost all new development cycles are going to focus solely on the new generation.

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