Bungie and Sony have a tight-knit relationship when it comes to the Halo creator’s upcoming shooter Destiny. PlayStation 4 is the lead platform. The sci-fi themed MMO premiered at Sony’s E3 press conference in 2013 and the two companies have partnered to advertise the game. There will be exclusive content on PS3 and PS4 that will never launch on Xbox 360 and Xbox One and the beta for Destiny will also be a timed exclusive on PS3 and PS4.
Bungie could have legitimate reasons to work more closely with PlayStation than its competition. The PS4's technically superior hardware and performance and its larger install base provides incentive to developers to pay it a little more attention.
As gamers, Xbox owners' frustration is reasonable. No one wants to miss out on content from a high-profile game like Destiny. Over the previous generation, however, developers have shown similar favoritism to Xbox 360 for certain games. One example is Activision with its marketing campaigns and timed Xbox exclusive DLC packs for the Call of Duty series (although for this generation, Activision too has turned to PS4 as the lead console for Call of Duty). Xbox One gamers are experiencing what PS3 gamers experienced during the last generation.
Though there is no obligation for Bungie to respond to the negative feedback from Xbox gamers, the company has thought it better to respond to those who feel like they’re being ignored, showing that Bungie does indeed care about all its customers.
In Bungie’s latest blog post, the Halo creator responded to a fan that asked:
"Will you guys give a nod to your Xbox fan base or just keep ignoring them?"
Community Manager David Dague replied, "Who's ignoring you? We're right here; making a game we hope you'll love. We're listening to your questions, and answering the ones we can. If you're a gamer who wants to play a Bungie game, you're very much on our mind-- every day."
Destiny looks like a great game and hands-on impressions this week confirm that it should play as good as it looks, so does it really matter if Bungie leans more to one side of the fence than the other? As long as we all get to enjoy a great game, who cares?
Destiny is due for release on PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One on September 9, 2014.