Footage Shows Destiny 1 Running On PC Via Emulation

By Zuhaad Ali
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Destiny, Bungie‘s first looter-shooter, was released only on consoles (PlayStation and Xbox) in 2014. Since the release of Destiny 2 on PC, there have been several threads and petitions for Bungie to release Destiny 1 on PC. After years of requests, it seems like Destiny 1 will soon be playable on PC via emulation.

This comes from the efforts of Lucas, who has been working on getting Destiny 1 emulated on PC for almost a year now. Lucas is also updating his YouTube channel with new footage on this project. The latest video showcases the Guardian exploring the Tower Plaza and visiting some of the vendors including the Eververse store, Eris Morn, Lord Shaxx, and the Vanguard.

While the footage is still very laggy and has some graphical bugs and stuttering, it’s still a huge improvement from what we saw in the previous months. Check out the video footage below. (potential epilepsy warning)

All of this was made possible via the RPCS3 emulator and is hosted on the custom V4NGUARD servers which is a “work-in-progress replacement for official Destiny servers for the purposes of research and preservation”.

Lucas also mentioned that this will be available to the public at some point but doesn’t have an estimate on the release window. “This will be public at one point. There’s not really a good estimate right now, but we hope February-March for the first public alpha.”

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For those unaware, emulation allows players to run games on platforms that they were not initially created for. In this case, Destiny was originally released for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 and was later released on the PS4 and Xbox One systems. But, thanks to emulation, players can play Destiny 1 on PC.

Destiny 1’s life cycle went from 2014 until 2017, releasing a total of four expansions over the course of three years; The Dark Below, House of Wolves, The Taken King, and Rise of Iron. The last two expansions were the annual releases.

As for Destiny 2, a recent game files leak suggests Bungie testing a monthly subscription service for the game, which seems to have been scrapped — at least for now.