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We already saw the big gameplay reveal and announcement that Destiny 2 was coming to PC via battle.net, but now we know when as well! It's the height of E3 at the moment, so it's no surprise the news came today: while the console versions will be out over a month and a half earlier on September 6th, the PC will be getting the game on October 24th and you can pre-order it now:
Placeholder for tweet 874455946499510276 There's also a new trailer, unfortunately showcasing a lot of PS4 exclusive content, but it's still worth a watch as it focuses on the main bad guy of the game:
And here's the official customer support post to go with the pre-order news:
Breaking News: Destiny 2 Pre-purchase Support
Welcome Guardians new and old! Blizzard is pleased to be working alongside Bungie to support the release of Destiny 2 on PC. Whether you are a currently part of the Blizzard community or just joining us, we want to make sure you have a great experience with Destiny 2. Below you will find some common issues players encounter when setting up, or recovering a Blizzard account as well as some helpful troubleshooting should you run into any issues with your purchase of Destiny 2.
New Blizzard Accounts Having a Blizzard account is required to purchase and play Destiny 2 for PC. To create a Blizzard account, please visit the account creation page here. If you are creating the account for a minor child, please create the account using the parent or guardians’ information. This can be updated later once the minor has reached the age of majority.
Existing Blizzard Accounts If you already have a Blizzard account, you are one step closer to purchasing Destiny 2 for PC! Login and visit the online shop to begin your order process!
If you are unable to log in with your Blizzard account, please check the articles below:
Completing Your Purchase Once you are logged in, you can find Destiny 2 for PC available on our online shop. Select the version of Destiny 2 that you wish to purchase and proceed using the Pre-purchase for Windows button. A list of accepted payment methods is available here. Keep in mind that the Blizzard online shop does not currently allow purchases to be split across multiple payment methods.
A Blizzard rep says the mentions at the Destiny 2 event were a one time thing and it's still called Blizzard Launcher.
There was a lot of speculation after the Destiny 2 gameplay reveal event where Mike Morhaime showed up at the end to announce the game would be coming to PC exclusively, since he said it was coming to "Battle.net" specifically. Just in case people thought he might have misspoken, the same was repeated many times in the accompanying press release, which was strange since Blizzard retired the Battle.net name and re-branded it to Blizzard App in March.
The speculation was mostly about whether Blizzard had changed their minds, or whether Battle.net was indeed still the name of the general framework and it was only the launcher that was renamed or something else entirely. In any case and, pretty ironically, it all sounded very confusing which was exactly what Blizzard was trying to avoid by renaming it in the first place, as you can read in their original announcement from last year.
Well, as it turns out the Destiny 2 event was a one time thing, as a Blizzard representative confirmed to Polygon:
Well, that at least clears things up, right? It seems the Battle.net name was too recognizable not to use for the Destiny 2 PC announcement, but they're sticking with the change after that.
Bungie and Blizzard join forces to bring Destiny 2 to the PC.
Update: It seems the release date for Destiny 2 on PC will be a little later than the September 8th mark, as PCGamer found out. The actual PC release date will be announced "in the coming weeks".
The big Destiny 2 gameplay reveal stream just finished and had a surprise cameo by Blizzard's very own Mike Morhaime, announcing that the franchise's arrival on PC will happen exclusively via Blizzard's own Battle.net service. This means all your friends lists from Blizzard games will be right there on Destiny 2's launch, making it much easier to get going in this new MMO and you'll also be able to purchase the game using Blizzard balance! It also makes a lot of sense since Activision is publishing Bungie's Destiny franchise so Battle.net is the perfect fit. Here's a couple of trailers for the game in case you weren't familiar with it:
The game launches September 8 and here's Blizzard's official post on the matter:
We want to let everyone know that a new game will be appearing alongside your favorite Blizzard games—one that’s a little different from what you might normally expect. Bungie’s upcoming first-person action game Destiny 2 will be joining the party! We’re excited to announce that we're partnering with Bungie and Activision to support the PC version of Destiny 2 exclusively via Battle.net.
We’re big fans of Destiny here at Blizzard, and we’re honored to be able to help the talented folks at Bungie and Activision bring their much-anticipated sequel to a new platform. Being on Battle.net will allow Destiny 2 to plug in to our existing global network, freeing up the developers at Bungie to focus their energy and resources on making the best and most fun game they possibly can. This also means Destiny 2 players will have access to our online social functionality, including chat with friends, the ability to see which of their friends are online in Destiny 2 or in Blizzard games, and the ability to stream gameplay directly to Facebook.
See the FAQ below for further platform details, and stay tuned for updates as we get closer to welcoming Destiny 2 and its players to Battle.net. To learn more about Destiny 2, head over to www.destinythegame.com.
Why are you adding a non-Blizzard game to Blizzard's platform?
We loved Destiny and think Destiny 2 is going to be a great game. Blizzard has an established and successful global internet infrastructure we’ve used for years to support our own games. Creating a new network client for Destiny 2, which is bringing the franchise to PC for the first time, would needlessly extend the development period for the game. 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.
Does this mean other games are going to come to the Blizzard platform too?
Our focus in terms of supporting non-Blizzard games is solely around Destiny 2. Aside from potentially evaluating needs or opportunities for future Activision games, we don’t have any short- or long-term plans to support third-party games with Battle.net. It’s important to us to maintain our quality standards for any experience or service we’re putting in front of our players, which represents a big investment of time and effort on our part, so this is not something we’re jumping into lightly.
Does this mean I'll be able to use my Blizzard Balance to purchase Destiny 2?
Will Destiny 2 offer the same cross-game social features that Blizzard titles currently have?
Destiny 2 will be integrated into many of Blizzard’s existing social features—you’ll be able to chat with friends playing Destiny 2 the same way you already can for Blizzard games. Players will also be able to add friends and form parties the same way Blizzard gamers can. And, you’ll see a Destiny 2 status icon by your friends who are playing Destiny 2 the same way you do for friends playing StarCraft II, Diablo III, WoW, Heroes of the Storm, Hearthstone, and Overwatch.
Where and when will Destiny 2 on PC be available?
We’re excited to work with Bungie to bring the PC version of Destiny 2 to every region Blizzard currently operates in. Bungie is actively working through the global details. We look forward to sharing additional information later this year.
Who will be operating Destiny 2’s servers?
Bungie will maintain Destiny 2’s servers; Blizzard’s servers will be used for features related to the Blizzard platform, such as login and social functionality.
And what about customer service?
Destiny 2’s gameplay customer service will be handled by Bungie; Blizzard will handle customer service for platform and shop issues specific to our service.
Unless otherwise explicitly stated, all information, including forward-looking information, is current as of May 18, 2017 only. Blizzard and Activision Blizzard undertake no duty to update or revise any forward-looking information contained herein. For more detailed information, please refer to Activision Blizzard’s reports and filings with the SEC.
And here's the full VoD of the event, with Mike Morhaime showing up at the 2h06min mark.
The Battle.net Gift Card is available in several retail stores and it makes you able to gift items such as Hearthstone Expert Card Packs, the Iron Skyreaver mount in WoW, Heroes in HotS or Loot boxes from Overwatch to your friends.
The Gift Card is a great Christmas present for any player of Blizzard games! Let's see if we get the option to buy a virtual gift card in the future.
Have you ever wanted to give a friend a few Hearthstone Expert Card Packs? Or gift that epic Iron Skyreaver mount to your World of Warcraft guildmate? Or a Hero from Heroes of the Storm, or a Loot box for Overwatch? Good news! We’ve got you covered with one simple solution — the Battle.net Gift Card.
This €20/£15 gift card is now available at a wide range of retailers across Europe. Simply pick one up at any of the stores listed below and give it to a friend. All they need to do is claim the code on the back of the card in order to charge up their Battle.net Balance, which can be used to purchase a variety of Blizzard digital items, games, and services. You can also use the gift card to charge up your own balance.
For a full overview of what you can buy with Battle.net Balance, visit the Battle.net Shop. Here are just a few examples of the cool stuff you can give a friend via the Battle.net Gift Card:
Remember that you can also gift your friends specific digital items directly from the Battle.net Shop. You can find the full list of retail stores selling the Gift card here.
Jeff Kaplan fills us in on the current status.
News from the Overwatch side of things as Jeff Kaplan shares the new status of the feature.
Well, with the Quick Join option in WoW hammering home the need for an "appear offline" option, you wouldn't have expected the first update on the matter in 2+ years to come from Overwatch. But, Jeff Kaplan really likes to interact with the fans and keep them updated so we got this little snippet of info and hope recently:
We would like to add an "Appear Offline" option to Overwatch. We are in the process of coordinating this with Battle.net and the other game teams. Because our social system is a cross-game system (WoW, Hearthstone, Heroes, SC2, D3) adding this functionality is not trivial for us. I know there has been discussion around this feature for a long time, and things have definitely not moved at a rate which is acceptable, I can assure you we care about the feature and want to figure out how to make it happen.
For your particular issue regarding invites, you can go into the Social Options menu and turn off invites.
Thanks for being patient with us.
Now, this is pretty much exactly the type of message we're used to getting on the subject, like this great announcement from 4 years ago, but the most recent info we could find before this was Lore's tweet on the matter:
So this should mean the issue is back in development and hopefully coming to battle.net "soon", except this time it should be the usual Blizzard soon and not the "never" soon!