Destiny Won’t Launch For PC and This Is Why

Bungie says that developing a PC version of Destiny is a “pretty complicated” process, and right now it’s got more than enough on its hands just making the game for consoles.

Destiny: It’s coming for the PlayStation 3, the PlayStation 4, the Xbox 360 and the Xbox One, but not the PC. This may strike you as rather odd, given that both next-gen consoles are x86-based units and thus, in a very simplistic sense, highly-specialized PCs, which would seem to suggest that porting the game to actual PCs would be less a hassle than making it for previous-gen consoles. And yet according to Bungie, that’s not the case at all.

“The console SKUs are really important for us and that’s what we’re focusing on,” Destiny Design Lead Lars Bakken told Eurogamer. “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 insisted that “we’re all hardcore PC players” and that the studio cares a lot about the platform, but added that it didn’t want to take on “tons more risk” by developing the game for five platforms simultaneously, instead of just four. “It is not nearly as simple as you think,” he said. “It is one central world no matter what the platform, and so that requires lots of intensive thought.”

Not that I’m disinclined to take them at their word, but I suspect that Parson’s “one central world” comment is perhaps closer to the reality of the situation than any worries about developing for the PC alongside everything else. Mixing mouse-and-keyboard players with controller-equipped gamers is fraught with risk; in 2010, Rahul Sood of Hewlett Packard claimed that Microsoft pulled the plug on a PC/Xbox 360 cross-platform project because 360 players with controllers were repeatedly destroyed by lesser-skilled players on PCs, thanks to the advantages in precision and speed of the mouse.

A PC version of Destiny would constitute only a small percentage of the game’s overall audience, but if that portion of the player base was repeatedly beating the peanuts out of everyone else, it would no doubt frustrate, anger and ultimately drive away an awful lot of players – an obvious kiss of death for a multiplayer game. Both Parsons and Bakken implied that a PC version could be released at some point – Parsons said he looks forward to “future conversations around PC” – but given the nature of the game, I wouldn’t hold my breath.

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11 Comments on Destiny Won’t Launch For PC and This Is Why

JackI

On April 28, 2014 at 4:35 pm

I’m more inclined to believe that the reason for Destiny not being released is because those of us with gaming mice and keyboards would hand every console user their ass on a platinum platter.

No offense to console users – it’s just a lot more precise to use PC.

rickshaw

On April 28, 2014 at 4:43 pm

BUNGIE are side stepping to weakness, really have not admitted that they can’t really afford a coder at all,
There was a time when coding was an art form, today its lets just do consoles it makes our lifes easy oh and by the way, give us some money while your at it! the PC is too hard to program. this is a cop out a weakness, a big company to opt out of system that helped them along their way just like the early years the Macintosh got shafted by BUNGIE for the PC now the PC. the thing is BUNGIE is held in noose Blizzard has it but that is held by EA I think its a big mistake to leave a game out of realms of PC, The Irony is they are building games on the PC! coding toward a console security or should I say fixed world. Shut in a box. BUNGIE is WEAK.

Morex

On April 28, 2014 at 5:24 pm

“A PC version of Destiny would constitute only a small percentage of the game’s overall audience”

WHAT??? Of course it’ll be a small audience if it’s NOT made for PC but that is a cop out to think that PC gamers would be a small percentage in ANY game’s audience! Just be cause people are growing brains and realizing it’s smarter, better, and cheaper to build it yourself than buy from companies like DeLL does NOT meant PCs are on the way out and I dare you to start a petition to show how many people would play it on PC and see for yourself how high a percentage we are! Even that game GTA V got over 700,000 signatures for PC release:

http://www.change.org/en-CA/petitions/rockstar-release-gta-v-on-pc

Face it: your precious console is doomed. It’s nothing more than another toy kids cry for at TOYS-R-US.

Andy Chalk

On April 28, 2014 at 7:53 pm

There are lots of possible reasons, lack of resources certainly among them, but I just don’t think that the disparity between controllers and mouse/keyboard went unconsidered. And if it was considered, then the only possible outcome it could have had on the decision would be negative. Call it a knock against button-mashers if you will, but controllers as they exist today just cannot offer the same speed and precision as a mouse. And in a multiplayer shooter, that makes all the difference.

And Morex, I’m all about the PC but looking at it objectively, there’s no way the PC can compete with consoles in sales terms. It’s more than three years ago, but Call of Duty: Black Ops tells the tale: 4.9 million units sold in the US in the first month on the Xbox 360 and 3.1 million units on the PS3, while the PC, Wii and DS collectively – all together – managed 400,000 units. That doesn’t include digital releases but even if you assume the PC managed half of that “other platform” total, and that it sold ten times as many via digital distribution as at retail (which I’m pretty sure it did not), that still doesn’t put it even halfway to the 360.

The whole “PC gaming is dead” bit is overtired nonsense and as a platform it’s probably stronger now than it’s been since the early 90s. But let’s not kid ourselves. Mainstream, triple-A gaming is console-centric, and that’s the market that Destiny is pursuing.

michael

On April 28, 2014 at 9:02 pm

LOL…
They know they will sell better on P.C. than consoles.
They are doing this to sell consoles and I’m not buying one.

JJaxxo

On April 28, 2014 at 9:28 pm

http://www.gamefront.com/pc-games-make-more-money-than-console-games-says-analyst/

this is a link from your own site :P maybe BUNGIE should read this ;)

Oil Ocean

On April 29, 2014 at 5:35 am

Comments like that of Morex just make PC gamers look like whiny sneering douches. Some people like consoles and some like PC gaming, it has bugger all to do with intelligence. It’s a preference, one that strangely a lot of people manage not to even make and instead enjoy both PC and console gaming. It in fact shows a complete lack of critical thinking to blindly side with the PC community and trash consoles.

Hopefully any balanced PC user will distance themselves from the infantile ad hominem garbage perpetuated by the likes of Morex. We should be united in our love of gaming, not constantly trying to segregate ourselves for completely arbitrary and fatuous reasons.

Vaibhav

On April 29, 2014 at 6:55 am

Well thats a shame because I know PC gamers would have eaten this game up like a cake fresh from the bakery. Ohh well your loss Bungie. There are plenty of good games to keep PC gamers busy. Its clear that Bungie does not care for the PC community and still thinks that PC gamers = pirates (seeing as how they can make the game for PS4 and Xb1 having the same specs as a mid range computer). They about how tough it is develop for the PC yet they were developing games for PC in days much tougher than this. Right now, there are only 3 GPU vendors (if you count intel’s iGPU as a GPU) to worry about and 2 CPU vendors. Back then there were a lot of hardware manufacturers each with a greatly different architecture. Things have been standardized to a great extent today and yet they about how difficult it is to make games for the PC. It’s clear they consider PC as a second grade platform still when PC sales are matching consoles and even exceeding consoles in some games like Skyrim.

Mike

On April 29, 2014 at 7:58 am

I have consoles and a High-End PC so I don’t miss out on any exclusives. The PC “Master Race” just sounds like a bunch of whiners when they about a game not coming over to PC. Scumbag fanboys.

BOOO MAN

On April 29, 2014 at 10:28 am

BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

ralph

On September 15, 2014 at 12:30 pm

I believe its just a way to control the market seriously there are way more computers than ps4 so thus making people go by a game box to play the game. try the game warframe.