Bungie talks Destiny competitive multiplayer

Developer says competitive multiplayer is a "huge focus" for the studio.

The competitive multiplayer component of Bungie's new shooter Destiny is a "huge focus" for the studio, according to community manager Eric Osborne. No footage or firm details for this mode have been revealed to date, but Osborne explained some of the studio's thinking process in a new interview with Eurogamer.

"Competitive multiplayer is a huge focus for the team. We love it. We play it at lunch weekly. We fight about it. We constantly go back and forth. The perspectives vary wildly inside the studio," Osborne said.

"But it's already got to the point where it's really fun and it's really about tweaking and iterating and playing it every day and finding that spot we think is unique but also feels familiar for those who are into competitive multiplayer that's skill-based, 'I'm better than you not necessarily because of the gear I have but because I'm better than you.'"

Osborne would not say how exactly players will access Destiny's multiplayer component, whether it be through a traditional menu option or in a more emergent way. However, he did confirm that players encountered in the gameworld cannot force anyone else into a PvP match.

Bungie has a formidable pedigree for competitive multiplayer games, having created the Halo franchise that remains a chart-topper for activity on Xbox Live.

Destiny's competitive multiplayer mode is just one of the game's social components. The game will also feature more narrative-driven multiplayer content in the form of group activities that teams of players can partake in, including raids.

A Destiny beta will be available on all platforms in early 2014. Preordering the game is the only way to be guaranteed access to the beta. Bungie has not disclosed what kind of content will be featured in the Destiny beta.

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103 comments
King_Wii
King_Wii

Looking forward to getting this game. I'm more of a co-op shooter fan myself but I'll try out the competitive aspect since I'm sure it'll be good.

Harbinger_CR
Harbinger_CR

Hopefully by the time it comes out I will have a good net connection :D

XNEXUS666X
XNEXUS666X

I think I'll be playing this game more for co-op, I've got Battlefield to make me wanna smash my TV.

WantYouBad
WantYouBad

Don't be sneaky and underhanded just outline the microtransactions already.

Link3301
Link3301

Wait, this game has competitive multiplayer?! When was this announced. Whatever, now I'm even more hyped for this game. This should be interesting considering the rpg elements included in the game. 

Diegoctba
Diegoctba

This game looks awesome, sadly, they will not release for pc.

Actually...that's pretty funny, let the petitions begins. xD

blobby-blobby
blobby-blobby

I think this is one of the most promising up coming games. Look forward to it!

toshineon
toshineon

Since I think this is meant to be an online game, I don't mind. But there's been a lot of online competitive shooters recently. I got into a bit of online gaming with Quake 3 Arena, and I thought it was pretty fun. Shortly after that, I played Unreal Tournament... kinda the same idea, but still pretty fun. Then Counter-Strike, which was a bit different... loved it. Then Battlefield, loved the open maps and Conquest game mode. Then Call of Duty came. Okay. It's, you know, kinda like Battlefield 1942 but a bit smaller, I guess it's cool. Liked the campaign though.

But then something happened... Modern Warfare came out. I liked it at first, the campaign had some pretty good characters. Didn't care for the multiplayer that much, I had started to get a bit tired of the same old running around a map and shooting the same people over and over for 15 minutes formula, it had lost it's appeal. And then these kinds of games started flooding the market. At that point, I started to hate online gaming.

That being said, at least this looks like it might mix things up a little, something that the shooter genre needs like a dirty hobo needs a bath. I'm gonna stay updated on this and hope that it turns out to be decent at least.

andfx8
andfx8

I sure hope it has PvP multiplayer! I cooperate with people peacefully and amicably all day, however online I prefer the ability to dismantle other gamers and toss them to the curb like a used Taco Bell wrapper... I WILL LITTER THE STREETS OF DESTINY WITH YOUR DIGITAL GUTS!

dmdavenport
dmdavenport

I had high hopes for this game before the leech known as multiplayer attached itself. Now we can expect the single player aspect to be slowly bled away, just as Bungie did with the Halo series.

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

Be great if this was like territory based. This is an MMO of course so if you have certain areas of the game where you can team up and do missions but then certain areas where if you go in it is PVP and anyone can kill anyone. Instead of the same old crappy, waiting in a lobby, get thrown into a map and fight for the time limit, like we have seen in every FPS for years now.

It would give a new edge to missions and gameplay.

Sun-Tzu-GE
Sun-Tzu-GE

I'm glad it has a competitive multiplayer as well.This might be the first shooter I buy in years.I'm still hoping it will have an epic story but that's too much to ask from bungie if you look back at Halo....

Khasym
Khasym

To Bungie, I have only one thing to say. You have spent the past nine months, NINE MONTHS, building this game up in the press. You've shown little, and said less, and it's becoming a firestorm of anticipation. As much as the ideal of hitting a release date appeals to investors and stockholders and most other people who don't play video games, I can promise you now, you will be the Daikatana, the Duke Nukem Forever of the next gen wars, if you put speed above polish. DO THE GAME RIGHT!!! Push back the release date to finish things. Don't launch like GTA Online did, or there will be nothing but scorn and ridicule waiting for you.

foxrock66
foxrock66

I hadn't even considered this having PVP until now. Hm.

ThePlantain
ThePlantain

i would love a good campaign but the competitive multiplayer just helped me confirm my purchase

XNEXUS666X
XNEXUS666X

@divyeshk1 PC master race... It must be like having a Hummer in your garage with no petrol.

Vict95
Vict95

@divyeshk1 lol no, pc is inferior :D if you want exclusives you have to buy a console.

XNEXUS666X
XNEXUS666X

@Diegoctba Maybe they could allow PC players to be commanders or something, they could drop us ammo and type encouraging messages for us.

jo8n3645
jo8n3645

@Diegoctba well they got ubisoft to put the division on pc so sometimes it works.....

CheyneStokes
CheyneStokes

I couldn't agree more, The Division looks pretty awesome too!

simon1812
simon1812

@toshineon agree, having similar problem, been following this game, but I havent seen or heard anything that would make go like  "ok Im going to buy destiny instead of BF4"

     Im hoping for compelling story , it would be neat, I mean it is bungie we talking about, but still what will keep me on it is the multyplayer mode, I have seem interesting stuff at youtube but still I feel like I will wait for an angryjoe review to be safe.

hwrdstrnsbals
hwrdstrnsbals

@dmdavenport people who don't like multiplayer of games they do like are just timid, passive, or noncompetitive.  ...and that's fine, i'm not judging, but to not recognize the almost primal quality that multiplayer offers shows your lack of understanding  humans and their motivations, mostly their primal urges.  People love multiplayer.  you would know that if you had any empathetic values, or just even considered that you are not all men.

narcissism, at its core, isn't really loving yourself too much, it's thinking that everyone is just like you...

M3o5nster
M3o5nster

@dmdavenport Destiny was never intended to be a single player game... It's pretty much a MMOFPS from the ground up.

hwrdstrnsbals
hwrdstrnsbals

@Khasym this is the modus operandi of game publishers these days.  they dangle carrots, but you can't taste that carrot until you buy it.  at which point it doesn't really matter what it tastes like.  its yours now....

Publishers learned very early on in this console generation that demos do more harm than good.  the fist year of X360, ther were tons of demos being released all the time.  Now you never see big, AAA title demos, unless they are sports or racing.

that says it all right there about the state of this industry.  no confidence , no pride, no conviction, no integrity, no humility, no self-respect,  no other forms of respect, no honor, no trust, no sacrifice, and worst of all-  no shame for any of those things.

everyone that works in the industry even sounds like a fucking publicist with their back-peddling, bullshit answers, propagated vestiges, and out and out lying.  



CaveManCobb
CaveManCobb

@Khasym Nine months? They've been working on it since at least 2009. 

neptune432
neptune432

@Vict95 @divyeshk1 WHO THE F*CK CARES?! It doesn't matter how you play it, as long as you enjoy it. Also, even though I play with consoles, PC's did have better graphics before next-gen came.

fluffy_puppy666
fluffy_puppy666

@Vict95 @divyeshk1 Excuse me, sir. I am afraid i have to say that you may have a mental illness. Or maybe you are not aware that "next gen" consoles are not out ther yet and my 150$ videocard is twice as fast as them.


dmdavenport
dmdavenport

@hwrdstrnsbals @dmdavenport Thanks for the two-bit psycho analysis. I could just as easily say that people who do like competitive mulitplayer (of games they do like) are obsessive sociopaths who take pleasure in killing strangers. Bungie leeched away the stellar story and solo campaign in the Halo series when they added competitive multiplayer to it, and now I predict we will see the same thing happen to Destiny. It will start out great, then eventually become a Sci-Fi clone of CoD and BF4. Read the article - they are already devoting a huge amount of time and resources to this "mode," which, as I recall, was not there at the beginning. My guess is they were told by MS to add it so more Live Accounts will sell or find it unplayable on the Xone. 

dmdavenport
dmdavenport

@M3o5nster @dmdavenport True, and I was looking forward to it. But this "competitive multiplayer" mode is something that wasn't there at the beginning, and it has already started to drain resources from the other aspects of the game.

hwrdstrnsbals
hwrdstrnsbals

@M3o5nster @dmdavenport does everyone forget the first m in mmo stands for MASSIVE.  most people consider that to be at least 100 players, not 12 or 24.


simon1812
simon1812

@M3o5nster @dmdavenport really?, but I have seen some youtube videos and some of the stuff I have seen look very cinematic for something that claims to be competitive-mmo focused , I dont know maybe thats how bungie wanna play it. an mmo experience with story telling elements to strongly establish the lore and stuff, and not just the classic "go out there and kill everything of a different color and steal their flag".

Khasym
Khasym

@CaveManCobb @Khasym @Sun-Tzu-GE Yes, but they've only been doing PRESS for it, showing things for it, since back in feb/march. Before then, this was just Project Destiny.

ForceSkin
ForceSkin

@fluffy_puppy666 That must play GTAV awesomely. Oh, wait... my bad

Sun-Tzu-GE
Sun-Tzu-GE

@hwrdstrnsbals @Sun-Tzu-GE @SythisTaru I still stand by my comment.

I like the fact that it has multiplayer just because it adds more value to the game.I'll only buy because I need something to play on my next gen console.I don't dislike shooters necessarily buy I don't play them that often.

Halo had a shitty generic story but I'm still hoping that Destiny will have a good one.What's wrong with that ?

hwrdstrnsbals
hwrdstrnsbals

@Sun-Tzu-GE @SythisTaru  #1 you like the fact that it has multiplayer, yet you havnt played a shooter in years

  #2  you want it to have a n epic story, but according to you that wont happen.


thats pretty trollish, even though i dont think ur trolling, I just think your thoughts should be more concise and thought out before you post.