Update: Game Informer has reported confirmation from Activision that Destiny 2 will definitely miss the console launch date of September 8th and instead arrive later.
Original story: Destiny 2‘s PC version will be exclusively available via Blizzard’s Battle.net service, Activision and Blizzard announced at the recent live gameplay reveal event.
This marks the first time that a game not developed by Blizzard will be available on the online platform.
After Overwatch and Call of Duty, Destiny is Activision Blizzard’s biggest shooter franchise, so it makes sense to “bring the Destiny community and Blizzard community together” via cross-game chat and other social features, according to Blizzard president Mike Morhaime.
Given the recent changes Bungie has made to Destiny’s PVP mode, in addition to Blizzard’s recent integration of MLG, it’s a possibility that Activision is looking to position Destiny 2 as an esport shooter. Or maybe it simply didn’t want to give Valve any money via Steam and decided to keep the shooter close to home. Or maybe they just want World of Warcraft players to spend their gold on Destiny 2.
Either way, if you’re planning on playing Destiny 2 on PC, you will have access to certain features, such as 4K support, full mouse-and-keyboard support, and uncapped framerate.
There’s no word on required specs yet, nor—and this may be reason to worry—of a specific release date. While the console versions are confirmed for launch on September 8th, Bungie and Activision are refusing to commit to a simultaneously release for the PC version. That split had previously slid under our radar, but a tweet from Geoff Keighley (via VG 24/7) brought the potential split to our attention. Other outlets, like PC Gamer, have since heard the same, and Blizzard’s FAQ about the Battle.net announcement is ambiguous about both the release date and regions.
While prospective PC players would surely prefer Bungie make sure the PC version is polished rather than rushing it out, it’ll no doubt come as a disappointment if they have to wait even longer to dive into the Destiny universe after being left out of the first game entirely.
Source: PVP Live