Destiny 2 Won't Use Dedicated Servers
Destiny 2 has been confirmed for PC; however, it won’t be using dedicated servers.
The news comes via an interview with PC Gamer, where Bungie’s David Shaw confirmed that server infrastructure for the game is “complicated” and as a result (or at least partially as a result) Bungie will not have dedicated servers on PC, and presumably not on consoles either.
Later in the interview, Shaw did acknowledge that Bungie knows it has “to be legit on day one” in regards to the PC port, an area where many games have suffered colossal issues at launch in recent years. Shaw had the following to say about the PC port:
Focusing on things like up to 4K resolution, uncapped framerate, mouse and keyboard support with full key remapping, adjustable FOV, tons of graphical options, support for different aspect rations—21:9—and text chat. You know, a ton of different things that are those feature sets that, when people bitch about a game just being a console port, those things are missing.
While all of the above mentioned things are good news for any looking to pick up the game on PC, there will still be concern over the lack of dedicated servers. Mainly the issue surfaces when someone has poor or limited upload speeds, which is the case in many parts of the world. For some, this won’t be an issue at all, others it will be a substantial issue, and will result in backlash from a portion of the PC community. How big that portion will be — who knows.
Destiny 2 is in development for PS4, Xbox One, and PC and is slated to launch on September 8th on the aforementioned platforms. The latter, the PC, is currently without a release date, and it appears it may not launch simultaneously alongside the console versions.
As you may know, a slab of Destiny 2 news arrived yesterday, including new gameplay details, a new story trailer, word of PC Battle.net exclusivity, and more. You can read all of our coverage of it here.