Destiny won't force you to play story missions in co-op, clarifies Bungie

But Bungie will give you as "many opportunities as we possibly can" to meet and play with others.

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Destiny developer Bungie has clarified that you'll be able to play through all of the game's story missions in single-player if you want.

"You aren't required or forced to play any story missions in Destiny as part of a co-op group," clarified Bungie community manager Eric "Urk" Osborne on NeoGAF.

Osborne's response comes after an interview with Bungie's Jason Jones on Game Informer, which led some people to believe that some of the shared-world shooter's story missions would require co-op play.

"You absolutely are going to be able to play Destiny by yourself and have the same kind of fun shooter-experience that you could have in a single-player campaign," said Jones, "which is a word that we’ve weeded out of our vocabulary, but we’re going to give you this great player-progression on top of that, and we’re going to give you as many opportunities as we possibly can to expose you to other people, so that hopefully you’re drawn into some social experiences, because those are incredibly powerful and interesting, but we’re not going to force those on you."

Jones added that some of Destiny's end-game content, such as raids, could require co-op. "We describe it in a lot of ways as sloping the floor towards socialization, without putting a requirement on it. I would say that there’s some sort of--if you wanted to talk about it in MMO terms, you’d say 'end-game activities', but some of the most intense non-competitive activities in the game do require co-operation."

"They require a group of players to tackle at once. I guess at some variable, distant endpoint we are going to say, 'Yeah, if you show up at this door, and you don’t have five friends, you’re not going to be able to succeed,' but the core experience that solo players have enjoyed in shooters, they’re going to be able to get that, and we’re going to pull many of them into social experiences as well."

Destiny will be released for Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation 4 in September 2014.

Discussion

71 comments
Fabian85
Fabian85

Make a pc version with less clunky movement, ditch the round crosshair and non prec aiming also. thank you!

coaltango
coaltango

I hope they have local Split screen co op campaign

Fine_TableLamp
Fine_TableLamp

You would think that maybe Sony would push more developers to make more split screen co-op games so they could sell more controllers. I would gladly pay for 3 more controllers (which is over $180 extra dollars) if they made more games that used them. I like online just as much as the next guy, but I grew up playing offline as we had slow internet where I was raised. With the last gen there was hardly any split screen games and me and my younger brother had to take turns. Three years later and I'm married and kids and can afford good internet and can play online but I still can't play along side my hot gamer wife and we have to take turns. I don't get it? Wasn't playing the same game in the same room with your best friend fun? Did all these game developers grow up with no friends that liked to play video games with them??? Sorry for ranting.

Fine_TableLamp
Fine_TableLamp

Be nice if they included split screen co op as well.

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

I hope Bungie has been watching what Gearbox did with Borderlands 1 & 2.  Co-op done right.

pszone
pszone

Well  online game no single play. they should put single player because some players want play alone.

sonynhater
sonynhater

Why would play this game without co op?

R083R70
R083R70

Destiny looks great but because there doesn't seem to be any single player and offline feature I'm going to be on the fence about purchasing it for quite awhile.

spartanx169x
spartanx169x

Buyers beware this is an online only game- " "However, even it you're playing the game single-player, you will need an online connection. 'To play Destiny, you need to be connected,' Bungie's Pete Parsons succinctly noted." "

billzihang
billzihang

This game really won't be coming to PC will it, let's face it.


Ah well, at least The Division will be.

gameroutlawzz
gameroutlawzz

As long as it doesnt force me to play this shitty generic overhyped and most probably overrated game.

Hurvl
Hurvl

"single-player campaign...which is a word that we’ve weeded out of our vocabulary. social experiences...are incredibly powerful and interesting" That helps keeping down my disappointment that this game isn't coming to PC. It's great that they won't force you do to story missions with others, but their overall mentality and goals don't add up with mine. It still feels like they want to control too much how I play this game, so I'm not too sorry that I can't play it.



themc_7
themc_7

Good! I hate required co op. I missed out on a huge portion of SplinterCell: Blacklist because of required co op. If my friends don't buy the game with me it's tough to get good co op going. Random online match ups, were the other person doesn't have a headset, or they're really bad, or they just want to screw around, etc tends to ruin online co op for me.

spartanx169x
spartanx169x

Based on what I read maybe I missed something, but it appears this game will be unplayable offline. IF that is the case I will not be rushing out to get this. Have they said in other articles if you can play offline (in single player mode)?

VakarianGirl
VakarianGirl

Ummm......I think this article's headline was written by someone with rampant dyslexia.  Sure it SHOULD read "Destiny won't force players to play co-op/multiplayer in order to play story missions", ????

dragonkantus4
dragonkantus4

do i need to pay a monthly fee? or something

Vexov
Vexov

I don't recall if they said you can solo the campaign, but they did say friends could join you. Everyone should have known you could solo campaign, some friends love to talk and would prefer to solo it, but i would just redo it solo some other time and just blaze through it with friends and family.

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

I don't mind the single player, multiplayer blend as long as there is a decent matchmaking system.

I mean Borderlands 2 was great. But it is very rare to be able to get people I know together to play games these days, I'm normally busy when they are free and visa versa. But on Borderlands you are literally thrown into their world and just hang out. I don't want that I want to drop into a game with some people, finish the mission and then get out again. Kind of like Guild Wars 1 is with instances or WoW dungeon system.

Carpetfluff
Carpetfluff

That's pretty much how I read it in the previous story; just sounded like some of the end-game extra missions would need more than one person to be viable.


KBABZ
KBABZ

Glad to hear that I'll be able to play offline and not miss that much. Makes me somewhat more interested in the game.

deadagent75
deadagent75

i for one love co-op, specially story co-op. that is what cod is missing story co-op, although i gave up on cod a long time ago..

noirtenshin
noirtenshin

Am infuriated by the fact that it will not launch on pc. If its coming on ps3,ps4,xbox1 and xbox 360, why not on pc?

Am butthurt... :/

Suhn-Sol-Jashin
Suhn-Sol-Jashin

@Fabian85 1. There will not be a PC version.
2. You're going to have to get a console to play it.

wizardboyus
wizardboyus

@Fine_TableLamp first of all, nice score on a hot gamer gf XD...i gotta keep my gaming to nightly sessions w/ a headset once my significant other passes out..and thank god for the ps4 controller passing audio wirelessly! such a godsend, can literally use any headset, set of headphones!

West123
West123

@Fine_TableLamp yes its strange??? since back then we didn't have 50inch LCDs and yet we managed to play hours on end....i dont care if the graphics take a hit...which they do anyway in MP split screen FTW

raydawg2000
raydawg2000

@PixelAddict agreed but hopefuly the improve on it as well...because gearbox claimed raid-bosses and such were co-op required but due to some gear imbalances that wasn't the case

Fitcherman
Fitcherman

@pszone They do have a single player storyline, did you read the article?  Here is the first line, "Destiny developer Bungie has clarified that you'll be able to play through all of the game's story missions in single-player if you want."

West123
West123

@sonynhater becsue some people dont have gamer friends. so you get stuck with Leroy Jenkins 

spartanx169x
spartanx169x

@R083R70 It seems like its going to be a good game, But I need to be able to play offline because I do not always have internet access because I travel a lot and do most of my gaming while traveling (staying in hotels).

AzureBonds76
AzureBonds76

@themc_7 I know right. Someone has to teach these people what  rez is. I was playing Warframe yesterday and people there just seemed to forget old ABonds when he croaked. Ack

Vexov
Vexov

@Dannystaples14 I think your all good on being able to just drop in and do whatever with friends, campaign, pvp, or just running around in the outdoors doing pve and dungeons.


IMO, BL2 is a mess of unbalance, I can't see any under average skill player enjoying dying 1000 times in True vault hunter mode; Destiny is the game it should have been close to being. And God please don't let it be like how CoD is now, they talked about it being faster and such then the Halo games.. which kind of scares me cause they never said how fast.

Doom_HellKnight
Doom_HellKnight

@KBABZ The game requires you to be online to play. He was merely clarifying that you don't have to team up with other players.

TigusVidiks
TigusVidiks

@KBABZhe never says you can play offline. He says you can play alone. No doubt, being handicapped in the rewards you will get.

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

@noirtenshin That is why I laugh when people say PC isn't dying (which by definition it probably isn't) but if developers don't even care enough about it to make awesome games on it then we all know where it stands in the industry.

It is the old guy at work who is only kept around because he doesn't really get in the way and it keeps him happy. But we all know one day we are going to find him "asleep" in a chair in the staff room.

wizardboyus
wizardboyus

@blackmarketbros @coaltango quite a lot actually, and there has been a surge in local multiplayer games coming out recently. Samurai Gunn for example looks really fun, and is 4 player local co-op. bring gaming back into the living room! it's stupid when you have to send your friends back home so you can play multiplayer..

Zaktaru
Zaktaru

 @blackmarketbros@coaltango Hey man, some people have friends that come over to try the game out before they buy it. It's far from uncommon, especially if they have those super sick Dual Play TVs :D

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

@Vexov Yeah but fast doesn't necessarily have to mean quick death like on COD. COD is fast because you die and respawn many times (or at least I do) in quick succession. But if it is like two very fast, heavily armoured people shooting at each other, it will be the one with the most skill to land shots consistently (in the head) and accurately that wins. Couple that with plenty of cover and some cool movement mechanics and I bet it would be epic.

COD is fast but all that does is make it really easy. 

AzureBonds76
AzureBonds76

@Vexov I finished TVHM alone without any help the entire game. I'm not one to brag; just pointing out it's not all that hard. Actually made getting all those Legendaries necessary. Tina's DLC made getting a Beeshield (which you need one TVHM) a lot easier.

KBABZ
KBABZ

@Doom_HellKnight Well that's immensely idiotic. I can't always connect to the internet out here, why should I be punished for it? Or is Destiny really an MMO?

Oakspear
Oakspear

@gamefreak215jd It's traditionally been the opinion of most gamers that a persistent internet connection requirement is a thinly-veiled attempt at DRM. However, with Destiny, it looks like Bungie really does want to create a legitimate shared, always-connected experience. Is DRM an added bonus for them? I'm sure it came up at some point, but I don't think that's the main line of reasoning behind the design.

Vexov
Vexov

@KBABZ @Doom_HellKnight Destiny is kind of like a MMO, its built to be online to try to get you to meet people. There could be a offline for it, but a lot of area's end up group/raid events, which you can't solo. You would be fine for anything in campaign i guess thoe, just rush past those areas.