Destiny 2 releases in a few hours on the PC and while it seems that this will be a really solid PC product, it will also come with a feature that will put off a number of PC players. And that feature is aim assist. According to Bungie, Destiny 2 PC will feature aim assist for controllers at launch.
As David Shaw, PC project lead at Bungie, told Telegraph, this decision was not an easy one.
“So, we heard feedback on that and we’re definitely listening and we’ll continue to listen going forward, but right now we are planning to ship the controller similar to how it was in the beta. We think our controls on the controller are pretty good, and people seem to like them, and we think that the PC players should have the ability to play that way if that’s their choice.”
The problem here is that players can use devices – like the XIM 4 adapter – so they can emulate controllers with mouse+keyboard. As such, these players will have the benefit of both precision and aim assist. And while such players will be really few, we don’t know whether players will find other means to exploit it.
To be honest, we strongly believe that PC games should not have any kind of aim assist. Especially during PVP battles. When asked about whether this could change in the future, Swan claimed that nothing is set in stone yet.
“I would be speculating, I can’t really say what we might or might not do. We’re definitely going to listen to feedback, we can commit to that. What we will or won’t change, that I can’t say with any confidence.”
There were a lot of concerns regarding aim assist during Destiny 2’s PC beta. And while Swan claims that they will listen to their fanbase… well… I don’t want to be THAT guy to point out that Bungie did not listen to the feedback of the PC fanbase during Destiny 2’s PC beta. So yeah, realistically speaking, I don’t expect this ‘feature’ to change any time soon.
Activision has provided us with a review code for Destiny 2. As such, expect our PC Performance Analysis article in the coming days!