If I had to pick any platform to host my hypothetical PC game, it would definitely be a hard bargain between Battlenet and Steam. It’s hard to imagine a PC game not being released on Steam these days. That being said, it looks like Destiny 2’s developers have decided to go for a Battlenet-only release, omitting Steam altogether.
This announcement is quite the surprise, considering the exclusivity of Battlenet as a platform. There are currently only six games in total available for it as it stands. Being the future seventh, this is a huge announcement for the Destiny brand.
Here is the news post by Blizzard that confirms the announcement. “We want to get our hands on Destiny 2 as soon as possible like everybody else, so we offered to share our PC platform with our sister companies for this release.” Considering who Destiny 2’s publisher is (Activision), it’s not too surprising. Will it be a habit?
For those of you who have never played Destiny: Destiny 2 is a loot-based first-person shooter with an emphasis on both cooperative and competitive multiplayer. From Destiny 2’s website, “Destiny 2 is an action shooter that takes you on an epic journey across the solar system. In the cinematic campaign, you’ll enter a world filled with compelling characters and fight to take back our home.” Four new locations are supposedly set to be added as well as new sub-classes and Supers for present classes. Destiny 1 loot will also not carry over. Your character, however, will.
The original Destiny was renowned for having both an over-hyped and troubled launch. The game was a grind and had an absolutely horrible loot system that guaranteed very little. Well, it’s still a grind, but at least they’ve fixed some of the loot and added more content. The original Destiny ended up becoming pretty enjoyable. You can check out Tyler’s article concerning present worries for Destiny 2, but let’s hope Bungie learned something from the original.
I think that the Battlenet decision will do nothing but help Destiny 2. Such a prestigious platform (with fantastic games) is bound to attract attention towards any new IP it allows in. Stay tuned for more news on Destiny 2 as it happens.