Bungie acknowledge that, “it’s a bit of a risk”.
Bungie have announced that Destiny’s six player raids will not allow for matchmaking with strangers, meaning you’ll need a reliable group of friends to get together and tackle some of the late-game content.
Speaking on the issue, Destiny spokesman Luke Smith told IGN, “It's a bit of a risk. Because the activity requires you to have a group of five other friends to play with.”
This said the six-person raids are intended to provide more-challenging, high end content that Bungie hope will be comparable to raids in MMOs the likes of World of Warcraft, where tight group co-operation and clearly defined group roles are prevalent.
"The activity is going to take you and your group of five buddies into a place that you've never been. A place that you will return to frequently.” Smith notes, “ And [it will] demand of you things you've never even really been asked to do in a shooter before."
By offering the six-person raids to higher level characters Bungie hope to give gamers a reason to return to the game after progression through the story,
"I think Destiny's endgame begins as soon as you see the way the story ends," Smith said, "as soon as you see the way we wrap up the sort of first piece of the adventure that we're going to tell.
"We want to set you back out into the world to keep going. We want to try to align your motivations as the player with the motivations of the character who you've been pushing around this world. So for us I think a bunch of the endgame starts right at level 20."
It appears from what Bungie are saying that Destiny will become a different game as you approach level-cap (although no ceiling to the level-cap has as yet been provided).
While Bungie prefer for the upcoming six-player raids to be tackled by well-organised groups in longer time slots (around 2 hours) there will still be instanced ‘Strikes’ running for less than an hour where anonymous match-ups will be supported.
What do you make of this news? Do you think that making high-end raids just for groups of friends will benefit the game, or do you think this is unnecessarily closing off high-end content for casual gamers?