Destiny 2’s release on the PC will not be available through most gaming retail outlets. If you want to play it, you’ll have to do so exclusively through Blizzard Entertainment’s Battle.net, described as the “central nervous system for Blizzard games” in a livestream event.
Both CEO of Activision Eric Hirshberg and President of Blizzard Entertainment Mike Morhaime confirmed the announcement, saying that “exclusivity” will help with the community.
“We thought it would be a great opportunity to bring the Destiny community and the Blizzard community together.”
Battle.net and its long history of success
While it is likely being used to lure gamers into Battle.net and away from other outlets, the service has a long and fabled history of success, and Destiny 2 is likely to thrive there. It’s not like Steam and the other outlets have customers that missed out on the first game.
What’s more interesting is that Bungie’s release will be the first major non-Blizzard developed game to be available through its channels. Generally, titles like StarCraft, Diablo, and, of course, Overstrike have gone on to obtain a legendary status among gamers through it, and it will be interesting to see if Bungie can replicate Blizzard’s continuous success and squeeze itself into the lore of the company.
Destiny 2 will be released on Sept. 8 for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.