Destiny developer Bungie has gone on record saying that the PvP element of the game will not be available to players when they first load up the game. According to them, that feature will be unlocked after getting a few hours into the game.
The subject came up when Bungie’s Tyson Green did an interview with Eurogamer, where he said the following:
“We found early on that people here in the studio, when they jumped on the game – these were people who were already really familiar with the game mechanics – they would roll a new character, play through the first mission then go right into PvP, and they would just get really beaten up by the other players because they didn’t have a super ability yet and they’d only got an auto rifle from the first mission,”
He goes on to say:
“So when your first character unlocks PvP, you’re a little bit further into the game. You’ve probably done one or two of the campaign missions, probably unlocked a special weapon and your super ability. And then once that’s happened we unlock it for all the characters on your account. Once you know how the game works, if you want to take a Hunter into PvP at level three, yeah, we’re okay with that. You know what the game is at that point, so that’s your decision to make.”
This seems like a really smart move on Bungie’s end. Rather than unlocking PvP from the get go and having a bunch of people rage quitting because they are getting their butts handed to them, let everyone get their feet wet with the mechanics of the game for a few hours before duking it out with others.
Destiny is being developed for the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One and is due for release on September 9th.