It’s kind of a fantastic time to be a PC gamer, if you haven’t noticed. Pretty much everything of note is coming to our platform of choice, and also we get productivity software! Does it get any better? That does, however, make rare exceptions like Halo creator Bungie’s new (don’t-call-it-an) MMOFPS Destiny all the stranger. So why can’t the multi-million-dollar-banking mega-dev – dual-wielding newfound pseudo-freedom and a series not synonymous with Microsoft’s bawkes of eckses – pump out a PC version? “It’s complicated,” apparently. But there is hope, dim though it might be, for the future.
Speaking with Eurogamer, design lead Lars Bakken explained the situation on Bungie’s end:
“I wish it was that simple. It’s pretty complicated. That doesn’t mean it can’t happen in the future, it just means it won’t happen right now.”
A major part of the problem? Bungie’s not outsourcing any of the development, even though Destiny’s got four (in some cases, vastly) different destinations.
“The console SKUs are really important for us and that’s what we’re focusing on. We’re doing it all internally ourselves. That’s a huge endeavour. That’s not something we’ve ever done before. So when I’m playtesting and I’m trying to play PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PS3, that’s a lot of work. Adding another thing on there is just crazy. It’s crazy to think of right now.”
For the time being, then, PC gets the short end of the stick (read: gun), but it may not stay that way forever. Bungie COO Pete Parsons is hopeful that his company will bounce back to PC… eventually.
“What is also true is that, as you might imagine, we’re all hardcore PC players. We play everything. It doesn’t matter if it’s a phone, PC or console, we play it. And there are 500 people up there. So we care a lot about the PC.
“I look forward to our future conversations around PC.”
So, PC version some not insubstantial number of moons from now? Seems possible. As we’ve pointed out previously, it’s kind of, well, insane that Bungie’s pushing PC to the back of the line in this day and age, but oh well. For now, all we can do is watch and wait. And hey, what do you know? Here’s seven minutes of footage to watch right now. If you put it on repeat a few hundred-thousand times over, the PC version of Destiny will (probably) be out in no time.