Discord’s New “Rich Presence” Hopes to Simplify Playing Games With Friends

Discord has launched their new “Rich Presence” game integration option to their chat and streaming platform.

The new features bring with the ability to share invites and launch games in party or spectator mode, all within the Discord application. You’ll also be able to see things like current map or boss, game duration, and more.

Featured above, you can view a new video showcasing the new features in the Rich Presence update.

“Rich game data—including duration, score, current boss or map, and so much more—lives inside Discord. You can spectate a friend’s game directly from their profile popout, or party up via beautiful chat embeds with real-time information about open party slots and the party’s in-game status,” the new feature’s How To page reads. “No more exchanging usernames and friend codes, or wondering if there’s room for you to join. Rich Presence is a living invitation to play together, or to watch your friends kick butt.”

Unfortunately, the new system isn’t as ubiquitous as users would like – developers have to implement the features individually in each game with the Rich Presence SDK, however a number of developers already have, including:

  • Call of Duty: WWII by Activision
  • Divinity: Original Sin 2 by Larian Studios
  • Payday 2 by Overkill
  • Battlerite by Stunlock Studios
  • Duelyst by Counterplay Games
  • SpeedRunners by DoubleDutch Games
  • Tooth & Tail by Pocketwatch Games
  • Foxhole by Clapfoot
  • Unturned by Smartly Dressed Games
  • osu! by PPY
  • Holodrive by Bitcake Studio
  • Killing Floor 2 by Tripwire Interactive
  • Brawlhalla by Blue Mammoth Games
  • Squad by Offworld Industries
  • GRIP by Caged Element
  • We Need to Go Deeper by Deli Interactive
  • Move or Die by Those Awesome Guys
  • Hellion by Zero Gravity
  • Ballistic Overkill by Aquiris Game Studio
  • Descenders by RageSquid

Are you a Discord user? Have you already tested out the new features? Sound off in the comments below!

Brandon Orselli

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