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Bungie: Destiny on PC Still a Possibility

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In an interview posted on Monday, Bungie design lead Lars Bakken made it clear that the studio hasn't forgotten about the PC gamers while developing Destiny. In fact, he indicated that it was definitely possible to launch a PC version, just not right now.

The former one-console developer Bungie, which was responsible for the Halo series on the Xbox consoles, has enough on its plate in developing its new game Destiny for the Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4. This is Bungie's first multi-platform game, and its first time developing for the PlayStation 3.

"The console SKUs are really important for us and that's what we're focusing on," Bakken said. "We're doing it all internally ourselves. That's a huge endeavor. That's not something we've ever done before. So 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."

Bungie COO Pete Parsons indicated that four platforms on day one is a big achievement considering the studio's long one-console history. Still, they're also hardcore gamers, playing games on other form factors like smartphones and tablets, as well as PCs.

"There are 500 people up there. So we care a lot about the PC," he said in the interview. "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."

Parsons added that creating a PC version would not be easy because Destiny connects to a virtual world that extends to multiple platforms. Getting the PC version to play nice with the others "requires lots of intensive thought," for which they have very little time at the moment.

"Just building up the game and putting it across generations of platforms, and working on platforms we've never worked on before with the PlayStation 3, these are very big challenges. I'm thankful we have the engineering team we do," he said.

Earlier in the interview, Bakken said that even though the process of getting Destiny to the PC would be very complicated, "that doesn't mean it can't happen in the future." Towards the end of the interview, Parsons hinted to the PC version by saying "I look forward to our future conversations around PC."

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    Shankovich , April 30, 2014 4:27 PM
    I understand porting games is not a simple task, but considering the PS4 and XB1 have x86 CPU's and Radeon GPU's, is it really as difficult as it used to be? I mean XB1 pretty much runs windows 8.
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    Ad Hoc , April 30, 2014 4:58 PM
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    Destiny connects to a virtual world that extends to multiple platforms. Getting the PC version to play nice with the others "requires lots of intensive thought,


    I don't understand this. Last I heard, Destiny wasn't cross-platform.
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    Blazer1985 , April 30, 2014 4:58 PM
    Since acquired by microsoft, Bungie has almost always been used to "promote" the new os, I wouldn't be too surprised to see a win 8 only title.
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    DelightfulDucklings , April 30, 2014 5:17 PM
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    Since acquired by Microsoft, Bungie has almost always been used to "promote" the new os, I wouldn't be too surprised to see a win 8 only title.

    Bungie doesn't have any obligations with Microsoft any more AFAIK so they don't have any reason to make it exclusive to a certain OS
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    Blazer1985 , April 30, 2014 6:20 PM
    True, Microsoft only owns the Halo series now, thanks for the info I really missed that ^_^
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    oxiide , April 30, 2014 8:44 PM
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    Since acquired by microsoft, Bungie has almost always been used to "promote" the new os, I wouldn't be too surprised to see a win 8 only title.

    If its coming to Playstation, all such bets are already off.

    I do wish they'd either announce the PC version, or shut up about it until they do. This "we haven't forgotten" nonsense is just hype-building. From a marketing/PR standpoint, the only way a statement like this makes any sense is if they already plan to release it on PC. If they genuinely didn't know, they would avoid discussing it.
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    hasten , April 30, 2014 10:11 PM
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    Destiny connects to a virtual world that extends to multiple platforms. Getting the PC version to play nice with the others "requires lots of intensive thought,


    MS tried multi-platform and it was a horrible failure due to the kb/m vs. controller unbalance. I imagine that is the problem being referenced.
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    MaXimus421 , May 1, 2014 12:42 AM
    Let the console's keep it. Game play video looked rather... boring. Was hyped about this title for a while and WAS hoping for a PC version, but this game looks disappointing. Borderlands meets Halo basically.

    It's no longer on my radar. Can't believe Bungie's lack of effort on this one. Oh well.
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    pocketdrummer , May 1, 2014 1:17 AM
    "Parsons added that creating a PC version would not be easy because Destiny connects to a virtual world that extends to multiple platforms."

    This killed any hope I had right there. They won't bring it to the PC. But even if they did, it would be outsourced and shitty.
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    KelvinTy , May 1, 2014 2:08 AM
    If it's gonna be another "straight" port with little to no pc optimization? Don't bother. If it has some sense of optimization or some love from the devs? Yea, go ahead, everybody would love it.
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    cemerian , May 1, 2014 2:16 AM
    well most games are made on pc's anyway. i mean every single game you saw last yours e3 for next gen consoles was running on windows pc's there is a pc version for every game out htere they just dont want to sell them
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    HiTechObsessed , May 1, 2014 6:12 AM
    I still don't understand the hesitance of companies to develop for PC. Over the last few years, PC profitability has increased steadily, while console sales have remained stagnant. It would be stupid NOT to make a PC version.
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    Vlad Rose , May 1, 2014 7:08 AM
    Well, let's see... the studio that originally did Halo... it was released for the xbox in late 2001, then finally ported over a year later to PC. Based on that track record, expect the same. PC version will be too little, too late at that point.
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    Haravikk , May 1, 2014 7:13 AM
    This isn't Bungie's first cross-platform game at all; Myth 2 was released a dual-format CD that contained the installers for both Windows and Mac, and in that sense it was actually more cross-platform than Destiny will be, since Destiny is being released with separate versions for each platform. But yeah, a PC version in theory should be pretty easy, as any cross-platform code developed for consoles should be flexible enough to move to Windows, Mac and Linux if they want to.
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    WithoutWeakness , May 1, 2014 8:22 AM
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    Let the console's keep it. Game play video looked rather... boring. Was hyped about this title for a while and WAS hoping for a PC version, but this game looks disappointing. Borderlands meets Halo basically.

    It's no longer on my radar. Can't believe Bungie's lack of effort on this one. Oh well.

    Borderlands-meets-Halo sounds like it would make for an absurdly amazing game. I don't see how that sounds boring at all.
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    Steveymoo , May 1, 2014 8:28 AM
    Bit of a shame. Devs should never forget their roots. Now new consoles are using x86 CPUs, and radeon chips, porting to PC should be easier than ever - Especially with companies like Epic making their engine so easy to port between platforms.

    HEIL TO THE MASTER RACE.
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    therickmu25 , May 1, 2014 9:04 AM
    "Destiny connects to a virtual world that extends to multiple platforms. Getting the PC version to play nice with the others "requires lots of intensive thought,"

    Umm so let the PC version exist within its own ecosystem like every other PC game?
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    atavax , May 1, 2014 11:10 AM
    Bungie clearly has a very talented team and i long for them to make a great PC shooter. But what isn't in my best interest is in them doing a quick port to the PC. I appreciate that they rather not implement a port to PC for launch day if they don't think they have the resources to do it well. If they make a PC shooter, i want them to make a good PC shooter. I'm ok with them not releasing Destiny on PC at launch. I'm ok if they never released Destiny to PC. I would love if they eventually made a PC shooter though.
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    slow_excellence , May 1, 2014 12:32 PM
    I remember reading an article a while back (I can't recall specific details unfortunately) but a rather brilliant programmer created a cross-platform system that worked between win/mac/Linux, android/ios, and x360/ps3 (console might be a stretch as my memory is a bit spotty). Anyways, the point I'm trying to get at is that its very possible to develop cross-platforming techniques (look at EVE/Dust-514 for example). In my opinion, the reason they aren't being pursued is because the companies don't want to lose out on potential revenue of having an exclusive system.
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    User4154 , May 1, 2014 1:30 PM
    I simply do not understand why they even bothered to spend the time with the xbox 360 and ps3. If they think it'll sell more, they're completely wrong, PC gamers would love this and indeed, they do. This is the game I'm sure many of us have always been waiting for, an MMOFPSRPG, the best of every world.
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