E3 2014: No Split-Screen Co-op in Destiny?

There will be no split-screen co-op in Destiny, Bungie confirms

For me, one of the best parts of playing Halo and Borderlands was split-screen co-op. I loved playing with friends and family as there is something that playing with each other on the couch that online cannot match. It seems, however, that I won't be playing split-screen co-op with friends and family in Destiny, as Bungie just announced that the game will not support split-screen.

No co-op for you

Destiny is not supporting split-screen because they dislike the feature. Far from it. They are not supporting it because doesn't fit in the developer's ambitions for the title. Bungie community manager Eric Osborne had this to say:

"We're actually not supporting split-screen in Destiny. We love split-screen. Obviously we have a legacy of supporting it. We know a lot of players love it. We love it. But we really wanted to untether guardians. Even if you're in a fireteam, you can go wherever you want. That level of freedom was really important for us. We know some players really like split-screen. Ultimately, you can't build a game to suit every single player out there."

They are still listening

Though there will be no split-screen in Destiny, Osborne assures that Bungie is always listening to player feedback.

"The good news for us is with a new IP you get an opportunity to set a foundation in place. You get to see what players do; see what the community loves about it. You get to be reactive. And the reality is we have no idea what people are going to do, what they're going to fall in love with in this world."

Still excited

While I would have liked split-screen in Destiny (as I mentioned before, it was one of my favorite parts of Halo, Gears of War, and Borderlands), I understand that it might be a little difficult to include the feature in a MMO. Regardless, Destiny is one of the most anticipated games of the year for me. I can't wait to jump into the beta and get a taste of Destiny. It might be one of the best times of this summer.

Destiny releases on September 9 on the Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation 4. Bungie will be holding an alpha testing for the game this weekend, starting on Thursday. You can sign up at www.GreatnessAwaits.com/Destiny. The game will see an open beta starting July 17, first on the PS3 and PS4. It will come to the Xbox One and 360 at a later time.

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Published Jun. 11th 2014
  • grrlscout420
    I do hope there will become a feature in Destiny ( in the near future) that does support couch buddy coop. There could be a similar feature akin to Diablo 3 - not quite overhead view of players ( on the same system) squadding up to lay some hate on enemies.
    Please don't allow single player and multiplayer co-op to drown out awesome splitscreen ( or variations of it) experiences. There are many households with gamers residing that just hate to have to switch off the controller just to have a chance to play great games, this is including Destiny.
  • Jonnychamp35
    Now, Destiny is the exact example of what will happen to future gaming. All online. Only single player. They will force us to buy multiple televisions, consoles, and disks in order to play with our friends and families. This is the future. They will begin to leave last-gen consoles behind, and nothing will be in their way. We may be gamers, but truly, we have no power on our own. We need to band together, and bring the fight to them! Join me!


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