Bungie’s latest game since finishing with the Halo series, MMO shoooter Destiny, has folk over on consoles very excited. Less so on the PC because since Destiny’s announcement the studio haven’t confirmed plans to build a PC version.
But they haven’t denied it. In fact, they’ve positively endorsed it.
“It is [a good fit], and it’s something we’re talking about and looking at very carefully, and obviously it makes a lot of sense with the genre and the type of game it is,” Activision CEO, Eric Hirshberg, told Polygon.
“Again, no announcements, but it’s something that’s a heavy point of discussion,” Hirschberg continued. He states the problem isn’t simply one of wanting to make it for PC but that Bungie are already building it for so many platforms, “How about one more on top of that?”
What he’s saying does make sense. For a single studio to build an MMO that works on both the last generation of consoles and the current generation of consoles is quite the herculean task. Just look at The Elder Scrolls Online’s launch, that’s a studio that’s struggled to get the game off the ground while spinning so many plates.
However, Hirschberg also says “Developing on PC is a different animal than developing for consoles and so we just want to make sure that we’re putting one foot in front of the other and getting it right, and that it’s of the highest possible quality.But obviously I see the same things about the natural fit.” We’ve spoken to a great many developers who choose to release their games on the PC and most of them said it was down to the ease of developing and releasing games on the platform, compared to the challenge of certifying and supporting games on consoles. Particularly MMOs.
Hopefully, shortly after its console release we’ll hear news of a PC version in development. It’s taken a year for Rockstar to state they’re porting GTA V to PC and it may be just as long for Bungie to say whether or not they’ll release their game to us.