It appears the love in between Bungie and Sony has been going on for a lot longer than anyone had realised and, much like the Sony first party studios, helped influenced the PlayStation 4’s design.
“They worked with us, of course, on core systems and the controller itself – making it better for shooters, helping improve that for players, helping include and improve the social aspects of the game,” said Bungie Head of Community, Eric Osborne.
One of the reasons given for the partnership is that Bungie were aware that the many years of exclusivity to Xbox may have alienated PlayStation fans.
“We’re building on all four platforms that we’ve announced. We have to make sure that [Destiny] is amazing everywhere, especially as a new IP. We have to earn all these fans,” Osborne said. “But specifically with Sony we have some work to do in terms of awareness and getting people excited about a Bungie game.”
“Sony’s been a really good partner all the way back to the beginning when we were first talking next-gen, and when we first started building Destiny,” added Osborne. “We really didn’t know where anybody was going, but it became really clear talking with Sony at the outset that their vision really aligned with where we wanted to go.”
It’s interesting that Bungie helped design the PS4 because one of the main requests from testers in the Alpha is the ability to use the touchpad to control the cursor in the menus. If they knew about the touchpad so far in advance, one has to wonder why they are not using it?