Old-gen Destiny players to be “pleasantly surprised”

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Bungie’s first game since it cast of Microsoft’s Halo-flavoured shackles is coming to consoles later this year. It’ll be coming to both the new systems, and those old dinosaurs – the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. As is the worry with most cross generation games, those without the news systems suspect they might end up with the short end of the stick. Bungie wishes to allay those fears.

“Hopefully players will be pleasantly surprised by how appealing it is on [last generation hardware],” Bungie producer Pete Parsons said to print magazine Game Master.  “It’s the same game, that was hugely important to us. Part of some of the really big, ambitious technologies set up for this… all of this lives on one set of servers. There’s one world that we’re building, and that is extended out to multiple platforms.”

Of course, that brings up one of the biggest worries that people with new consoles have about cross-generation games; gimped experiences. Don’t worry though, PlayStation 4 owners. Bungie will be leveraging that system’s unique strengths..by giving gamers  sharing features and flashing lights.

“We’re taking advantage of the cool things Sony’s doing with the [PS4] platform” lead designer Lars Bakken said to PlayStation UK.  “The Share feature’s great – I love that thing. We’re also doing some cool lightbar stuff that’s extremely subtle.

“If you didn’t look for it you wouldn’t see it: when your health’s low it’s pulsing red, when your super’s ready it’s flashing yellow, when you go into Hive areas it’s pale green. A lot of people aren’t going to notice it but it makes the experience richer, and when the fans notice that stuff we love it.”

Destiny is Bungie’s MMO that’s not an MMO, and is being published by Activision who’re spending a heck of a lot of money getting this thing off the ground.

Last Updated: June 3, 2014

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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