Bungie discussing idea for Destiny Raid matchmaking

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The latest Bungie weekly update discussed the possibility of player matchmaking for the Vault of Glass and upcoming Raids, and more.

Destiny's matchmaking system for Raids doesn't exist, when playing the game you'll only be matched with other players for PVP Crucible matches, Strike missions you pick out on the map, or Strike Playlists. Bungie didn't add matchmaking to the Raids as they wanted players to team up with friends to plan out their approach and get through it together. Bungie begins to address the issue in their latest weekly update.

Currently the Vault of Glass is the only Raid in the game, with more scheduled to be released in the upcoming DLC. Currently if you want to take on a Raid you'll need to grab five friends into a Fireteam and assault it together, which is fine, but what if you don't have five friends with the same console as you? You could try joining a clan or group on Bungie.net and then organise with other community members, but many people would just like  the ability to choose a Raid, then be matched with others wanting to do the same.

Speaking of Raid matchmaking Community Manager David 'Deej' Dague said: 'That’s a really tricky topic.

'You don’t need to sell us too hard on the value of Matchmaking at Bungie. It’s something we helped to pioneer. Yet, we understand its limitations. In the recipe of a Bungie game, Matchmaking has always contributed the ingredient of a team built to play one match of competitive multiplayer. As you’ve probably witnessed in recent weeks (or years), many of those fresh allies have failed to go the distance together.

'The Raid was designed for solid teams of killers who have made a commitment to solve a dense and explosive riddle. Most of the raiding parties who have emerged victorious from the Vault of Glass have sworn that one weak link would have doomed their chain. There have been other stories, of course. We’ve heard tell of Guardians who met each other just outside the door that leads into that vault. Strange tales have reached our ears - tales of total strangers who have banded together to see the Raid all the way through to a triumphant finale.

'Those stories surprise us, but the players of our games always have. The best I can do to answer your question is to let you know that you’ve been heard. We’re having conversations about how Matchmaking might support the more challenging activities in Destiny. It’s a start. Keep sounding off about it, and maybe someday some matchmade Fireteam mates will hear you, too.'

I mention in my review of Destiny that I didn't have chance to take on the Vault of Glass, for the simple reason 'I don’t know 5 other people with the game on Xbox One.' I'm still waiting to tackle it, but as we've now set up our own clan on Bungie.net I'll be organising a Raid outing soon, so keep your eyes peeled if you'd like to take part.

Other topics of discussion in the Bungie update are jokes about the Cryptarch and engrams, one player who's assaulted the Vault of Glass the most in Destiny, and private matches between friends in PVP.

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