Lone wolves are still welcome, but Destiny is better with friends.
The more we see of Bungie’s first game in their post Halo era, the more excited we get and today we’re getting a closer look at how you can play Destiny with friends and strangers.
In a Q and A on the Playstation Blog Bungie Community Manager, DeeJ, answered some fan questions regarding Destiny’s multiplayer elements and a few of the answers caught our eye.
In terms of Co-Op play Destiny centers around the “Fireteam,” which is what they call a three person squad of Guardians. You will encounter other players, and Fireteams, as you explore the world of Destiny but most missions will be solo or with your three player squad.
Fireteams can also join in on “Public Events” which will involve numerous players tackling a large boss or scenario. DeeJ describes the formula by saying “Our core cooperative nucleus is the Fireteam — a group of three Guardians bound together by blood (and netcode). But whether you’re going it alone, of linked up with a Fireteam, you can still encounter other Guardians as you tackle the larger challenges that you’ll find in public events. There’s no telling how many people you might have to work with to defeat the most dangerous enemies. Of course, other modes like competitive multiplayer, or Raids, will feature player counts well above three — but we’re not talking about those quite yet. ”
Public Events will be seamless and to join one, all you’ll have to do is attack the target. There will be no lobbies or matchmaking for these events, players simply choose to participate or walk on by.
PvP (Player versus Player) will consist of a full suite of competitive multiplayer options of which DeeJ assures us they are “already thumping each other’s skulls in studio-wide playtests, battling other Guardians for glory, bragging rights, and rewards.” Gear and rewards will also carry back an forth between PvP and the story mode.
Like most of Bungie’s work, it seems like Destiny is focused on playing with others, while still leaving options for solo players, and that’s what we love about them. Destiny launches in Spring 2014 and you can get yourself into the Beta by pre-ordering the game now.