It appears that Bungie and Vicarious Visions (the team handling the PC version) are doing their best to make Destiny 2 feel like a PC shooter. And while the game does come with a FOV and a respectable amount of options to tweak, it also comes with a “feature” that may disappoint a lot of PC gamers. According to Destiny 2’s project lead, Mark Noseworthy, there will be no recoil on all weapons on the PC version.
As Mark Noseworthy told Finder, this was decision was made because Vicarious Visions thought that recoil doesn’t feel good while gaming with mouse+keyboard.
“For instance, there’s no recoil on guns on PC because recoil on the controller feels really good. ‘I’m firing, I’m firing, I’m firing, oh, I’m losing control of my gun a little bit.’ That feels great, especially with magnetism and all the magic in the controller that makes you feel it. With a mouse and keyboard, you don’t want the mouse moving without you moving it, so recoil doesn’t feel good, so there is no recoil on PC.”
Noseworthy concluded that there will be no recoil on all weapons, and that the team wants to make it so Destiny 2 feels native to the PC platform, because it wants people to feel like Destiny 2 is built for PC.
To be honest, I never really noticed the lack of recoil. And yes, some of the E3 2017 gameplay videos confirm that there is no recoil on the PC version (as you can see in the following video).
Now while I don’t agree with Noseworthy regarding recoil (PC has seen a lot of realistic shooters with proper recoil that feels great with mouse+keyboard), I always felt that Destiny 2’s combat mechanics felt great on the PC. Yes, there is no recoil and if it wasn’t for this interview, only a few PC gamers would have noticed such a thing.
On the other hand, we can easily notice that there is recoil on weapons in this PC video, however we don’t know whether this player was using mouse+keyboard or a controller (recoil may be present when using a controller on the PC).
Destiny 2’s PC project lead has tweeted that the PC version will feature recoil, though it will be heavily modified in order to provide a better gaming experience on the PC.
1/2 Re:Recoil model on PC- it's modified heavily on PC for awesome M/KB gameplay that still feels like Destiny. But we still have recoil.
— Shawctober (@ShockAndShaw) June 22, 2017