Although Destiny 2 made a big splash over the course of E3 2017, particularly through the confirmation of a PC release date and launch of a new, enemy-focused trailer, a topic of conversation has sprung up over the game’s frame rate across different platforms. In particular, the announcement that the Xbox One X version of the game would be at 30 FPS was met with confusion by those planning to pick the game up on the yet-to-be-released console, with some even suggesting that Activision’s relationship with Sony may have led to frame rate parity across devices.
Now, Bungie has spoken up about the Destiny 2 frame rate issue. Project lead Mark Noseworthy took to Twitter today to clear up some misconceptions about the Xbox One X frame rate, and the reasons behind why the platform would be at 30 FPS. To start with, however, Noseworthy clarified that the partnership with Sony did not factor into the decision. “We would never hold back game performance on a platform to appease a partner,” stated Noseworthy. “No partners asked us to either.”
Instead, Noseworthy explained that the decisions on each frame rate came down to more important matters than political reasons. “We optimize for each platform’s tech to deliver the best social action game experience we can. Period,” stated Noseworth on Twitter. “All consoles will run at 30fps to deliver D2‘s AI counts, environment sizes, and # of players. They are all CPU-bound.”
1/4: We would never hold back game performance on a platform to appease a partner. No partners asked us to either.
— Mark Noseworthy (@knowsworthy) June 15, 2017
Instead, Noseworthy stated that the Xbox One X version of the game is not set in stone when it comes to the console’s 4K status. “We are currently evaluating 4K for Xbox One X,” said Noseworthy. “It launches after D2 and so we are focused on the launch consoles right now.”
The frame rate of the Xbox One X version of Destiny 2 became something of an unwanted talking point, and comments from Phil Spencer did not exactly help matters. The Xbox chief spoke at length about issues with platform exclusive content during E3, but also made a cryptic statement about holding back innovation through partnerships, stating “if anyone was to do a deal to hold back technical innovation on a video game anywhere else, that doesn’t feel good for the industry to me.”
It’s good to hear Bungie’s comments on the matter, however, and hopefully it will allay the fears of some Xbox One users. For now, though, those planning to enjoy the game at 60 FPS would be best served playing Destiny 2 on PC, as shown by this stunning PC gameplay footage of the title.
Destiny 2 will be released on September 6 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and launches on October 24 on PC.