Destiny dev still thinking about matchmaking for raids

People have been asking for this for years.

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Destiny currently lacks matchmaking support for raids, but it may not be that way forever.

World design lead Steve Cotton told Metro that developer Bungie has been "thinking about that a lot," though it has apparently yet to decide if the feature will actually go into the game.

Bungie has heard the calls for raid matchmaking support for years now. In 2014, lead designer Luke Smith said a looking-for-group mechanic is something Bungie "absolutely want[s] to do."

"We would love to get to a place someday where you can advertise your intent to people. Where you can say 'I want to do this. Are you looking to do this with me?' But we have absolutely no plans to do raid matchmaking at this time," Smith said at the time.


In the new Metro interview, Cotton spoke generally about how Bungie responds to fan feedback. He said Bungie is "absolutely listening," but the team often focuses more on new content instead of additional features like matchmaking support for raids. This is not to say Bungie has stopped adding new features to Destiny, as the much-requested private match support is coming with Rise of Iron in September.

"So, I think it's just about us trying to make the things that we think are the most impactful for each release. And constantly looking at stuff that people are talking about," Cotton explained.

You can read the full Metro interview here.

In other news about Destiny and raids, an update for the game's companion app released in May 2016 made it easier to find players for raids.

Rise of Iron comes out on September 20. It's Destiny's fourth expansion, following The Dark Below, House of Wolves, and The Taken King, and the first to be exclusive to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Also launching on September 20 is Destiny: The Collection, a $60 title that comes with the Destiny base game and all DLC, including Rise of Iron.

For more on Rise of Iron, you can read GameSpot's interview with Bungie to find out how HBO's "Game of Thrones"influenced the expansion.