The PC version of Destiny 2 can be purchased with World of Warcraft gold. The news follows the announcement that Destiny 2 PC will use Blizzard's PC gaming app instead of the Valve-run PC gaming platform, Steam.
After announcing that Destiny 2 will use the Blizzard games client on PC, Blizzard published a list of answers to frequently asked questions. In that post the company confirms expected features such as the use of social features including friend chat, parties, and status icons for the game, but it also states that people can use their Blizzard Balance to purchase Destiny 2. The Blizzard Balance can be topped up by World of Warcraft WoW Tokens which in turn can be purchased with World of Warcraft gold.
A WoW Token can be redeemed for $15 in Blizzard Balance, though the gold price for a token fluctuates. The price often goes up and down when new World of Warcraft expansions are announced though the announcement that Destiny 2 would use the Blizzard client also saw the price skyrocket and reach an all-time high. According to current data from Wow Token Info, a Wow Token in North America will cost around 120,000 (though prices have spiked up to 140,000 in the last 24 hours) and around four WoW Tokens (480,000 gold at the current rate) will be needed to buy Destiny 2.
Anyone with World of Warcraft gold – including those who no longer maintain a subscription – can spend their gold on Wow Tokens so long as they download the game client and log-in. This means that if they've already got the virtual funds, hardcore WoW players (current or former) can bag themselves a copy of Destiny 2 for PC at no additional cost.
Some have already begun to argue that this is a good way to get people on the platform into the game. While the advertisement of the game through the Blizzard client could also go a long way, the fact that those already use the client have an easy way to get Destiny 2 could impact it too.
This also one of the better announcements that regarding the PC version of the game. Though the reveal of Destiny 2 PC features was considering a big win, any enthusiasm for these features was off-set by concerns about Blizzard client exclusivity and the fact that the PC version of the game will be released some time after the console versions. But whether the World of Warcraft purchase option is enough to restore faith amongst PC gamers is unclear right now.
Destiny 2 is slated to release on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on September 8, 2017, with a PC version to come at a later date.