Bungie: Story Can Be Played Solo, But Multiplayer Is Encouraged
Will you have to team up with other players just to tackle the story missions in Destiny?
No. During a Game Informer interview with Bungie's Jason Jones, one of his responses led people to believe that co-op would be mandatory for campaign missions. But as Bungie community manager Eric "Urk" Osborne confirmed in the NeoGAF forums:
"You aren't required or forced to play any story missions in Destiny as part of a co-op group."
Jones was basically just saying that the single-player elements will hopefully lead gamers to become more interested in the universe, at which point they'll opt to play with others. He said the social experiences can be "incredibly powerful and interesting," but you can still play the game completely solo if you wish. However, it's feasible that some of Destiny's end-game content 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."
There's no doubt that Destiny is a game probably best played with other humans. The developer just wanted to clarify that it isn't a requirement, and that's an important distinction, right?
Related Game(s): Destiny
12/16/2013 10:12:19 PM Ben Dutka