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e3 2015

Activision: Destiny's Future Isn't 'Anchored Around The Ankle' By Last-Gen Versions

by Mike Futter on Jun 19, 2015 at 07:05 AM

As Bungie gears up for Destiny's biggest expansion yet this fall, many have wondered how the last-gen versions will be impacted by sweeping changes to the title. We've already experienced updates, like the increase in vault storage space, that have forced compromises on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions.

Activision Publishing CEO Eric Hirshberg spoke with us about how the game will evolve on all four platforms as changes become larger and more impactful. We inquired if there would be a point at which the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions would be left behind in service of the game's progress on new-gen consoles.

"We'll never [let last-gen] hold the game back," Hirshberg says. "You see decisions like the one you just referenced [vault space]; those are tough choices you have to make. I think people imagine that there is some sort of anchor around the ankle of the developers because it's on last-gen platforms. We develop the right game for each platform and optimize for that platform. What you're seeing on the next-gen is Bungie's full vision for that game, unencumbered."

Hirshberg was clear that Destiny is an evolving game, and things could change in the future. "You're asking me to look into the future, and it depends on a lot of variables," he says. "It depends on how many people migrate over. It depends on [if people] are still passionately playing the game and want to experience the game there. It depends on opportunity costs. We try to make the right decisions on a case by case basis."

Destiny's next expansion, The Taken King, is due on September 15.