The PC version of Destiny 2 will be available exclusive via Battle.net. The Blizzard Entertainment app also hosts the PC versions of games like Hearthstone, World of Warcraft and the hugely popular multiplayer shooter, Overwatch.
During the Destiny 2 livestream that took place earlier today, developer Bungie and publisher Activision confirmed that the PC version of the game would use Blizzard’s Battle.net client. In a pre-recorded video, Blizzard co-founder Mike Morhaime revealed that Destiny 2 would use the app “exclusively,” officially making the connected shooting game the first third-party title to be offered via the client. It will be available to purchase digitally through Battle.net, though it will also be sold for PC at retail.
The announcement contradicts previous rumors that suggested that Destiny 2 would be available through Steam. Many had hoped that the game would be available via the Valve-owned PC gaming platform as so many people already use Steam to buy and play PC games and keep in touch with their PC gaming friends. The confirmation that this won’t be a case will certainly be disappointing to PC players who like how Steam does things (as well as the platform’s collectible trading cards).
There are also some fears that the game’s PC playerbase will be much smaller as a result and that there will be fewer people with which to team up and form Destiny 2 clans. These concerns are valid as it stands to reason that more PC players overall have Steam accounts rather than people who have Battle.net accounts – but given how many tens of millions of people play Overwatch, Hearthstone, World of Warcraft, Diablo 3 and Starcraft 2, it’s not as though the Blizzard-run app is struggling to find players. Moreover, with so few games already offered through Battle.net, it means that Destiny 2 will have fewer games to compete with for attention and could actually result in more PC gamers taking an interest.
Some have also pointed out that there is probably one very good reason why Destiny 2 PC uses Battle.net: cheating. By using a client that is under the Activision umbrella, Bungie will surely have more control when it comes to waving the banhammer. It can easily take a cue from Blizzard, which has banned thousands of Overwatch cheaters through the PC gaming client. Keeping cheaters at bay is incredibly important when it comes to building a PC playerbase, which perhaps explains why the developer has taken such a divisive decision.
Destiny 2 is scheduled to launch on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One starting September 8, with a PC release to follow shortly thereafter.