Now that Destiny 2 is releasing on the PC, an entirely new audience will be able to get their hands on Bungie's FPS RPG. And with the PC platform comes a bunch of new possibilities, too.
Popular PC games like PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds and Overwatch use test servers, or public test realms, where players can try out changes to the game before they're pushed to live servers. They definitely come in handy for feedback from the community, and for finding bugs before they are available to the masses.
In an interview with the Daily Mail, Bungie's lead Crucible designer Lars Bakken was iffy on the subject of a PTR-like server for Destiny 2 on PC. But he didn't rule anything out either.
"I can say that internally we [have test servers] already," said Bakken. "Whether we ever decide to do a public one I am not sure. There is no way to release a game like Destiny without having played it in a realistic environment and in order for us to be confident in it and all the systems we have to play it in a real space. So while we have those things for our development of the game, whether we ever open them up to the public, I don’t know, like maybe, we just don’t know."
Bakken went on to explain that it would be a difficult process to run two separate versions of the game, and it might not be worth the added stress on the team at Bungie.
"Obviously, the benefits are people would get to see stuff early and we would get feedback on it, but like you know the downside is, it is complex enough to run a game like Destiny just with the team that we have without also running another duplicate version of Destiny that’s in the future," he said. "It’s a lot of work. So, it’s like what’s the best thing for the game, I don’t know, I can’t answer that question. It might be that we do something like this, but also it might not be the right thing for Destiny and the extra stress on the team."
Running a PTR server is a complicated process, without a doubt. But the added benefits may be worth it in the long run, especially if game changes could be tested on PC before making their way to the console versions of the game, where a test server is much more difficult to operate.
A test server would go a long way towards helping Destiny 2 is to succeed as a PC game, but it appears that the possibility of one being implemented is up in the air for now.