Bungie is discussing the possibility of adding matchmaking to Destiny's raids.
Currently, players can only attempt Destiny's first raid, The Vault of Glass, by joining a pre-made six-player group. The decision not to allow random matchmaking was made due to the content's difficulty, said Bungie. The developer wanted groups of friends to attempt to tackle the content together.
However, that restriction means very few players are able to access the content, regardless of whether they have the requisite skill, level, time, or willingness. It's still early days, but currently only 4.1 percent of Destiny players on PlayStation 4 have the Raider Trophy, indicating that they've completed a raid. When measured against the substantial development resources required to create such elaborate content, Bungie is unlikely to consider that completion rate optimal.
"[We] understand everyone's frustration about the decision ... and the limitations that this places on the activity's adoption at scale," said Bungie's Luke Smith.
"That barrier to entry - the requirement that you get a group of people together and venture into something that is going to challenge your ability to work together (first) and your thumbs (second) - is a barrier I was willing to erect to preserve the activity goals," he said.
In a community update, community manager David "Deej" Dague said the developer is discussing matchmaking for raids.
"That's a really tricky topic," Dague said. "You don't need to sell us too hard on the value of Matchmaking at Bungie. It's something we helped to pioneer. Yet, we understand its limitations. In the recipe of a Bungie game, Matchmaking has always contributed the ingredient of a team built to play one match of competitive multiplayer. As you've probably witnessed in recent weeks (or years), many of those fresh allies have failed to go the distance together.
"The Raid was designed for solid teams of killers who have made a commitment to solve a dense and explosive riddle. Most of the raiding parties who have emerged victorious from the Vault of Glass have sworn that one weak link would have doomed their chain. There have been other stories, of course. We've heard tell of Guardians who met each other just outside the door that leads into that vault. Strange tales have reached our ears - tales of total strangers who have banded together to see the Raid all the way through to a triumphant finale.
"Those stories surprise us, but the players of our games always have. The best I can do to answer your question is to let you know that you've been heard. We're having conversations about how Matchmaking might support the more challenging activities in Destiny. It's a start. Keep sounding off about it, and maybe someday some matchmade Fireteam mates will hear you, too."