No Custom Games at Launch?

It doesn’t appear that we’ll be able to have custom matches in Destiny at launch, which worries a lot of people.

In a recent interview, Eric Osborne was asked,

Will we see more unique modes like races or oddball?

EO: “It’s definitely something our team is interested in. Step one for us was to get a really competent game up and running, making sure it was meeting our expectations and all the modes players demand from their shooters. In the future who knows, we’ll be having a lot of fun and there’s plenty of opportunity for us to do new stuff.”

However in the same interview he mentioned that the community will dictate a lot of the future updates to the game,

“let’s give ourselves the ability and flexibility to continue to build and grow and change over time.”

In addition to that, when asked about private matches in a Beta livestream, DeeJ said:

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DeeJ: “Really all we’re talking about is the first version of this. If you look at how Halo 1 compared to Halo: 3 or Halo: Reach, in terms of the services that it provided, and the complexity of the tools we put into your hands, with Destiny we’ve invested most of our effort into polishing and refining the core gameplay experience.” has already set up room on their site for Destiny ladders and tournaments, but only because they were “under the impression that Destiny will have private lobbies just like all previous Bungie games.” 

Update: In an interview with TSA, they plainly ask, “Will there be the kind of custom modes which you had in Halo games?”

Director of Production Jonty Barnes replied,

I think we’ve been asked quite a bit about whether or not we’re going to do private games and things like that. It’s certainly an active discussion, but it’s really about how we wanted to make sure for launch that we had the best gameplay that we could offer for the core competitive multiplayer activity.

I think what you’ll find is that over time we’re going to see some things arrive, and I think players are going to inform our prioritization of what features we update. We’re going to build on Destiny. 9/9 isn’t just launch and forget. We did a bunch of this with Hoppers [temporary playlists], I guess, in previous Halo games, but we’re on a much greater scale of potential change, if we choose to do it.

 Custom matches will inevitably be a part of the game, but most likely not at launch. In an interview with Jason Sussman, when asked about custom matches he said,

“We absolutely want to broaden the multiplayer and we have things ready to go.”

Maybe in a few months after 9/9? What do you guys think? Talk about this and much more at our community forums!


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  • Damien Angel

    I think it is smart for gamers to have and maintain high standards for creativity and gameplay variety. this will keep pushing developers forward. That being said, Bungie’s steadfast devotion to developing a rock solid core gameplay experience to build from is truly in line with what we all want from the game – that is, a game that keeps on giving. Over time Bungie is sure to turn this into a franchise that keeps us coming back for more and I think that is exactly how I want it.

  • SizainT

    I’m disappointed that there won’t be customs at launch but is can see reasons why, besides being able to focus on the core experience of the game having expansions, updates, and patches will keep gamers invested in the game for more than a couple months. This will give us players things to look forward to. A very good angle from a selling perspective, especially if the custom games are released with the expansion, just one more reason you’ll want to buy it. I have a feeling a game without custom lobbies will scare off a few people but it’s not a make or break feature at this point in my eyes