Bungie Explains Decision Not to Launch Destiny on PC

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Bungie Explains Decision Not to Launch Destiny on PC
Workload seems to be the major factor...

As Destiny nears its September 9th launch on Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3, many gamers are stil voicing their frustration about the lack of a PC version of the game and, before today, Bungie had been relatively quiet on the matter. It seems like a no-brainer that one of the biggest new IPs in recent memory should be launching on PC as well as consoles, but with so much work involved to bring it to four platforms, it appears that a fifth was simply a step too far for the former Halo studio.

Speaking to Eurogamer, Bungie's design lead Lars Bakken finally lifted the lid on the studio's decision to hold off on a PC release for the game, but hinted that it's likely we'll see one at some stage later on.

The truth is it's not that simple. I wish it was that simple. It's pretty complicated. That doesn't mean it can't happen in the future, it just means it won't happen right now.When I'm playtesting and I'm trying to play PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PS3, that's a lot of work. Adding another thing on there is just crazy.It's crazy to think of right now.

Those sentiments were echoed by Bungie's Chief Operating Officer Pete Parsons, who also spoke to Eurogamer on the topic, saying:

I think four platforms on day one is a lot, considering we've been a one platform team for a very long time.What is also true is that, as you might imagine, we're all hardcore PC players. We play everything. It doesn't matter if it's a phone, PC or console, we play it. And there are 500 people up there. So we care a lot about the PC.

But this is a huge and ambitious project for us, and just getting it on one console would be a momentous challenge. Getting it on four on the same day is something we've never even tried before. We wanted to get it right, and we didn't want to add in tons more risk.

Ilook forward to our future conversations around PC. We love the PC. We hear it too. We ask the question of ourselves.

So it definitely looks like a case of when and not if for the PC version of Destiny. Fingers crossed PC gamers won't have to wait too long to get their hands on what promises to be one of the most exciting new IPs in recent memory.



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