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DESTINY: E3 and Beta Update, PvP Locked?

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Bungie community manager David Dague states Destiny will be playable at E3 in the Bungie Talks Co-op Strikes video. That’s not really a big surprise since the game will release this September, and the beta is due this July. The update we find most interesting is in regards to PvP (player vs player/competitive multiplayer) in Destiny.

According to Bunige’s Tyson Green, players will need to play “a couple hours, tops” to unlock PvP. So, why did Bungie decide to go with this approach? Green shared some of that insight with Eurogamer.

“We found early on that people here in the studio, when they jumped on the game – these were people who were already really familiar with the game mechanics – they would roll a new character, play through the first mission then go right into PvP, and they would just get really beaten up by the other players because they didn’t have a super ability yet and they’d only got an auto rifle from the first mission.”

“And they said, ‘this is really awful, this is a terrible experience!’ And we said, ‘you’re right, we have to make sure that doesn’t really happen.”

“So when your first character unlocks PvP, you’re a little bit further into the game. You’ve probably done one or two of the campaign missions, probably unlocked a special weapon and your super ability. And then once that’s happened we unlock it for all the characters on your account. Once you know how the game works, if you want to take a Hunter into PvP at level three, yeah, we’re okay with that. You know what the game is at that point, so that’s your decision to make.”

This seems like a perfectly reasonable approach to me being that characters earn abilities. Here’s more good news… Once you unlock PvP with one character, all the characters associated with your account are able to play PvP without restriction.

Though I find this interesting, at this point in my “gaming career,” I am much more interested in co-op modes over competitive. How do you guys feel about Bungie’s approach? Are you guys even excited about Destiny? Sound off in the comments below.


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