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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  • Shiggy Diggy Doo

    That video is a straight up load of nu-age faggotry, holy goddamn

  • CoarseHock

    Yeah the WHACKY COOKIES :DDDD schtick was grating as hell.

  • RichardGristle

    Holy shit the guy’s voice and speech pattern in that ad makes me want to punch things.

    If devs can come up with some really interesting features to add then it might be worth the extra CPU usage, but things like how long someone’s been in a match or what character they’re playing as is not exciting or worth it.

  • No_Good_Names_Ever

    Drop Discord; pick up IRC.

  • DukeMagus

    All of the analytics data Discord will get with that…

  • Z3DH

    “These lovely developers have already integrated…”
    * list flashes by
    * pause and go back
    * the list is mostly indie trash, one old decent game, and a couple of shitty AAA games

    I can see why they didn’t want anyone to read that.

  • iswear12

    He talks like a robot having difficulties reading a script

  • DrearierSpider

    Thought this’d just be easier invites between Steam and GOG. What a bunch of unnecessary BS.

  • nine_ball

    But don’t you like cookies, goy? Your data isn’t going to sell itself.

  • RPG

    Some of the features seem a bit superfluous, but the concept could perhaps be useful, if it is embraced and utilized by more developers.
    The video and its typical modern overdone, pseudo goofy/wacky presentation however, was honestly unneeded and a bit grating.

  • KiTA

    I’m happy they’re adding more features, but Discord is basically just an IRC client with a voice chat system. Surprised no one’s done a backport of something similar to like, XChat.

  • Providing Discord doesn’t sell out to some mega-corporation, I’m OK with this.