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Destiny 2 Servers Aren’t Dedicated or P2P

by Al McCarthy


The Destiny 2 reveal event is behind us and a lot of questions were answered about the game.  However, one of the lingering questions about Destiny 2 remained centered around its servers.  The news coming out of the event was that the game would not have dedicated servers, which led people to believe that Destiny 2 would again be p2p.  Bungie recently took to their weekly blog to further explain the server situation for Destiny 2.

The servers in Destiny 2 aren’t dedicated or p2p, they’re what Bungie is calling a hybrid model.  The game actually uses both dedicated servers and peer to peer.  In explaining this Bungie’s Matt Segur writes, “Every activity in Destiny 2 is hosted by one of our servers.  That means you will never again suffer a host migration during your Raid attempt or Trials match. This differs from Destiny 1, where these hosting duties were performed by player consoles and only script and mission logic ran in the data center.”

Taking it a step further to explain the hybrid model, “The server is authoritative over how the game progresses, and each player is authoritative over their own movement and abilities. This allows us to give players the feeling of immediacy in all their moving and shooting – no matter where they live and no matter whom they choose to play with,” Segur writes.

The server conversation was such a point of contention because with the inclusion of Destiny 2 on PC it seemed like peer to peer could open the door to cheating, which Segur addresses as well.  He believes that Bungie will deal with Destiny 2 PC cheaters swiftly and that the “security ninjas” at the developer have spent several years devising a plan to launch the game on this new platform in a way where players won’t get cheated.

You can check out all of our recent Destiny 2 coverage from the gameplay reveal event.  We interviewed Mike Zak of Bungie, Kyle went hands-on with both the PlayStation 4 and PC versions of the game to see if Destiny 2 felt like a worthy sequel or just glorified DLC, and gave his impressions on the new multplayer mode for the game.  If you’re looking for raw gameplay from the event, you can check out our channel FanboyAttack on YouTube.

Destiny 2 is slated for release later this year on Xbox One, PS4, and PC.

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