Last week’s announcements about Destiny 2 generated mixed feelings among fans and e-sports industry analysts. The biggest disappointment was the revelation that Destiny 2 will not use dedicated servers. The growing resentment made game’s developer, Bungie, shed light on the network infrastructure.
In an attempt to eliminate players’ concerns, Bungie confirmed that the lack of dedicated servers would not be a setback for the smooth, trouble-free gameplay. Most games use peer-to-peer connections, or client-server connections – the so-called dedicated servers. The availability of dedicated servers guarantees consistent gaming experience but it is also the more expensive system for developers to use.
Destiny 2 will run on the same setup as the original game. In other words, it will use hybrid peer-to-peer and client-server connections. In a publication, available on Bungie’s website, Matt Segur, engineering lead of Destiny 2, explained that every activity in the game was to be hosted by one of the servers. Therefore, players would never experience the inconveniences related to host migration during a Trials match or Raid attempt.
It is a well-known fact that studios tend to save up from using dedicated servers, but Segur went on to disapprove of that line of thinking. He was quoted as saying that the Destiny 2 server infrastructure was “heavily invested”. He also added that Bungie believes the current model was the best option for all Destiny 2 experiences. In conclusion, he said that the team involved in Destiny 2 building had no regrets whatsoever about the technology used.
The news that Destiny 2 is to be compatible with Windows PC has already spread like a wildfire among the e-sports elite. However, that PC compatibility raised a serious security question. Those who consider getting Destiny 2 on PC, asked how Bungie was going to keep the PC version secure and more precisely, how the problem with the cheaters would be solved.
The peer-to-peer service provides quite tempting opportunities for winning a few rounds in the Crucible by employing dishonest practices. Segur hurried up to reassure all affected parties that the incorporated top-secret strategies guarantee cheaters’ life in Destiny 2 PC “will be nasty, brutish, and short”.
Destiny 2 is to arrive on Sept. 8 on Playstation and Xbox One. The date of the PC version release is yet to be specified.