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access_time July 20, 2014 at 12:09 PM in News by Dragos Dobre

Bungie engineer explains why cross-platform play is missing from Destiny


Destiny has just entered the Beta phase, which is available for everyone who pre-ordered the game from about any store. Despite the fact that servers are currently full of Beta testers, and you can get in an online match in a matter of seconds, many have wondered why there’s no cross-platform play in Destiny.

Bungie engineer Roger Wolfson told Digital Trends that this feature is absent due to the fact that the company wants for everyone who’s playing online to have the same experience. Separating players by platforms will ensure that everyone will stand on the same ground, and will not gain any advantage, either graphical or technical.

“Regardless of where the reality is, there’s definitely a perception among gamers that better hardware means you have an advantage,” Wolfson explained. “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.”

As an example, he provided a scenario with two snipers aiming at each other. The one playing on older hardware would see his target as two pixels, while the other one would have a twice as wide target.

Keeping this fair and equal seems to be a very important objective for Bungie, for which we can only be grateful.




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