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Destiny’s public events require no lobbies

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Destiny players wishing to join public events will simply have to "get within range and open fire," community manager DeeJ said during a Q&A on the PlayStation Blog.

In Destiny, players assume the role of Guardians of Earth's last city. Bungie already announced that its "always connected" sci-fi, open-world shooter would include no loading screens. According to the post, this means no matchmaking lobbies, either.

"The frontier is open and filled with encounters you can join, or skip right past, on your way to something you've deemed momentarily more important," DeeJ said.

Players will be able to team up with three Guardians or go alone; even during solitary ventures, they'll still run into other Guardians during public events.

"You can experience Destiny's story as a party of one, assuming you're that much of a badass," DeeJ said. "Destiny will never require you to team up with other people in campaign missions. You'll see other players along the way, but you can choose to ignore them. That said, we think you'll find that playing with other Guardians is quick, painless and a ton of fun. It's always your choice, though."

Bungie announced yesterday that Destiny will be available in spring 2014 for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. The beta will be available in early 2014 to anyone who pre-orders the game.