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Destiny PC Version Development Would Spread Us Too Thin, Bungie Says

By Pete Haas 2013-11-03 16:28:03 discussion comments
Destiny has only been announced for current-gen and next-gen consoles so far, to the disappointment of PC gamers. Developer Bungie acknowledges that there's a demand for a PC version but that it would tax their resources too much.

"Its a huge challenge to ship four platforms and a massive opportunity to reach a new audience," Bungie senior writer and 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 were 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."

Destiny depicts a future in which humanity is at the brink of extinction. Their interstellar civilization is now reduced to a single city on Earth. The players take on the role of soldiers looking to return mankind to the stars. Alone or with friends, they battle hostile alien races for control of Earth's former colonies.

Bungie plans to launch the game on Xbox One, PS4, Xbox 360 and PS3. However, they've indicated in the past that they're open to a PC version as well even if it won't be released right away.

"We would absolutely love to be on the PC," Bungie COO Pete Parsons said in February. "If you talk to the people upstairs, we play it on all platforms. So, stay tuned."

The default response for many will be to blame publisher Activision. They know, from years of experience with Call of Duty, how lucrative the console shooter market is. Still, Bungie spent about a decade making Halo games for Xbox platforms so I doubt Activison had to twist their arm much. Destiny is the result of a partnership between two extremely console-friendly companies.

Console gamers will get their first chance to play Destiny in early 2014. Bungie will launch a beta test across all four launch platforms in which players can try "a diverse sampling of major activities featured in the full game." Pre-order customers will get early access to the test.
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