Activision and Bungie, the two biggies have put in a lot of resources to develop the hyped title Destiny.
The game developers opine that after spending nearly a decade in developing this title, it doesn’t make sense to bring it only to current gen consoles. They are in a position to make sure that the time and money spent on the game is made worthwhile. If it lands only on Playstation 4 and Xbox One, it hardly makes sense because a major percentage of the players are yet to adopt these platforms. From a business point of view, it does sound sensible to bring the game on Xbox 360 as well as Playstation 3. But, if they wish to make money out of a first person shooter and want players to experience its graphically rich narrative in all its glory, a PC version will be the most sensible choice to make. Both Xbox One and PC share a similar architecture which makes it easy to port the game, if they decide to do so. During the recent interview the developer had with the press, he didn’t refute the chance of a Windows release which gives hope for ardent PC gamers.
Supporting Last Gen
“We just can’t see Destiny making a huge run by simply being on the current gen consoles. If we go by the statistics and see where people are playing at, majority of them are still on last gen platforms. Most of them are ready to make the transition but they will not do so until they have the necessary resources besides some compelling titles. It may easily take a year or two for new consoles to take off but going by the sales that Xbox One and Playstation 4 witnessed, we can confidently say that they are off to a better start than their predecessors,” said Activision CEO Erik Hirshberg.
Speaking to the media, he clarified that a game like Destiny cannot justify the investment or reach by being on specific consoles which is why they have chosen to be on all of them at once. He added that to facilitate players, all progress done on Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 will be easily transferable to Playstation 4 and Xbox One respectively. This will make sure that they can keep playing their favorite on a new console once they find the right time to go for an upgrade, he added.
When questioned about a possible PC version which sounds like a sensible move for a hyped first person shooter as Destiny, he said, “Yes, it is a good fit. We are talking about it at the moment but it involves a heavy point of discussion before a decision could be made. We are looking at the possibility very carefully and obviously, such a game and its genre justify it being on the PC platform.” He added that the team is already handling a range of complex game development to bring the title on all four platforms at once and bringing it on another one will just make it more difficult.
“PC is an altogether different animal and we want to take one right step at a time. It does have a natural fit and the time will come when we are done with our current job,” he said before concluding.