Anyone who games on PC is no doubt familiar with Steam and its wildly popular digital distribution platform that towers over the competition. When Bungie took to the stage today to spill details on Destiny 2, it seemed like a no-brainer to expect the PC version to land on Valve’s virtual store. That was not the case.
During the Destiny 2 event, we were informed that the upcoming FPS would be available exclusively through the Blizzard App (previously known as Battle.net) on PC, making it the first non-Blizzard title to utilize the service. This definitely left some of us scratching our heads, seeing as several other triple-A games from Activision can be found on Steam.
While it wasn’t obvious at first, it started to make sense why Destiny 2 would be joining the likes of Overwatch and Heroes of the Storm through the recently renamed launcher. Mike Morhaime of Blizzard stated that going this route will “allow Destiny 2 to plug in to our existing global network, freeing up the developers at Bungie” to allocate themselves to other critical areas to ensure we receive the “best and most fun” experience possible.
Integration with the application also provides access to a suite of features, such as voice chat and friends lists. You will even be able to stream your gameplay to Facebook, if that’s your thing. None of this will have anyone jumping for joy though, as it falls into the standard expectations for any game launcher.
At least this is the only surprise that PC players might find less-than-ideal, right? Right? Wrong. In addition to the delivery platform falling into an unexpected camp, the release date for the PC version is not set. It was assumed that the September 8th release date applied to all platforms, but that was shot down today.
The “coming weeks” will provide us a set date for Destiny 2’s launch on the Blizzard App. Let’s hope that the rest of us Guardians don’t have to wait terribly long to join the fight with our console-bound brethren.