Those looking to play Destiny’s multiplayer from the the start will have to play through part of the single player first in order to unlock it.
In an interview with Eurogamer, Tyson Green, “someone in charge of investment”, said that this ensures that players are ready to battle others and not be instantly destroyed.
Green said, “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.’”
This is in contrast with Bungie’s previous series, Halo, which allow for multiplayer competitive battles from the onset. However, players only need “a couple of hours, tops” to unlock PvP for their first character.
“So when your first character unlocks PvP, you’re a little bit further into the game,” Green said. “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.”
This sounds a lot like an MMO to me. Sure, I know that people love the multiplayer experience and may need time to get to know everything, but not having multiplayer at the start might hinder the experience that people will have with the game. If I want to play a multiplayer match with my friend who just got the game, I don’t want to wait a couple of hours. Then again, this could be great to get people hooked into the campaign and not just play the multiplayer all the time. Unlocking special abilities reminds me of the original Borderlands game, which allows PvP only in certain arenas after you have unlocked much of what it initially has to offer. I’m still on the fence about Destiny; while I have never been a big fan of the Halo series, the idea of Destiny really appeals to me. Only time will tell.