Bungie’s upcoming game Destiny is promising to introduce a unique multiplayer experience into the world. The sneaky matchmaking system carefully slots other players into your session, and vice versa, when the situation calls for it, creating something that is almost an MMO, but not quite, while supposedly retaining the focus of a singleplayer RPG.
“Video games matter to people for very different reasons. Players who come from expansive universes found in MMOs might enjoy exploring our worlds, assuming they can handle the fact that we’re filling them with the explosive threats and heart pounding action that we think makes games fun. RPG players will be able to invest pretty deeply in their character, assuming their aim is true enough to earn the rewards they’ll need to earn new loot, weapons, and gear.” Bungie said during their most recent Bungie Mail Sack.
The premise of Destiny has left many wondering if the game can actually be played in a solo mode, or it you’ll absolutely have to interact with other players for the majority of the time. A user posed this question to Bungie, and the developers posted a reply which should help alleviate concerns:
“As for playing solo, this question still comes to us a lot, and we’re happy to answer it again. The company you keep, the challenges you tackle, the war you wage will all be products of the choices you make. If you never want to have a cooperative or competitive experience in Destiny, and if you want to experience every cinematic in private, you’ll have the option. We believe you’ll be having way less fun, and we think you may find it really difficult to resist the pull of our cooperative vortex, but when we say we’re building activities for every mood, that includes players who don’t want to party up.”
Now, exactly how this works is still something of a mystery. Will you literally be able to turn off the multiplayer component of the game? Or is it more along the lines that you’ll be able to simply avoid working with others players should you wish, but they’ll still be visible to you?
The wording makes me think that you’ll simply have the choice to never work with others players and will be able to play through all of the content on your own, but other players will be visible to you.
This is, in my mind, a smart design choice by Bungie as it allows them to sell Destiny to an even wider market. Not to mention that there’s plenty of multiplayer gamers out there, myself included, who will still likely enjoy the option to be able to simply ignore everyone else every now and then. Normally solo players will also likely enjoy that the fact that once in a while they can team up with some other players, and then go back to playing on their own.