Plan to go out it alone? You might want to reconsider.
Bungie Studios’ Destiny will allow you to play the game on your own, but you can join in with friends at any time for certain events. However, in a new interview with Game Informer, Jason Jones has indicated that you may need to team up with some friends during the final missions.
“You absolutely are going to be able to play Destiny by yourself and have the same kind of fun shooter-experience that you could have in a single-player campaign, which is a word that we’ve weeded out of our vocabulary.
“But we’re going to give you this great player-progression on top of that, and we’re going to give you as many opportunities as we possibly can to expose you to other people, so that hopefully you’re drawn into some social experiences, because those are incredibly powerful and interesting, but we’re not going to force those on you.
“We describe it in a lot of ways as sloping the floor towards socialization, without putting a requirement on it. I would say that there’s some sort of – if you wanted to talk about it in MMO terms, you’d say ‘end-game activities’, but some of the most intense non-competitive activities in the game do require cooperation. They require a group of players to tackle at once.
“I guess at some variable, distant endpoint we are going to say, ‘Yeah, if you show up at this door, and you don’t have five friends, you’re not going to be able to succeed,’ but the core experience that solo players have enjoyed in shooters, they’re going to be able to get that, and we’re going to pull many of them into social experiences as well.”
It will be interesting to see how this works out, especially since players aren’t adverse to soloing certain bosses or levels for better loot. Destiny is scheduled to release on September 9th 2014 for Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3 and PS4.