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Destiny 2 Is Coming to PC via Battle.net

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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:

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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?

Yes!

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.

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This is HUGE. Blizzard has always had high quality servers unlike some other companies (looking at you Uplay/Ubisoft). That's always been the biggest draw back of PC gaming is the crap shoot of who manages the back end. I might play destiny on PC just because the servers won't be a mess.

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4 minutes ago, Laragon said:

This is HUGE. Blizzard has always had high quality servers unlike some other companies (looking at you Uplay/Ubisoft). That's always been the biggest draw back of PC gaming is the crap shoot of who manages the back end. I might play destiny on PC just because the servers won't be a mess.

Actually if you read the blue post, it won't be Blizzard's servers for the game itself, just the social aspects.

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57 minutes ago, Starym said:

Actually if you read the blue post, it won't be Blizzard's servers for the game itself, just the social aspects.

Damn, thanks for the heads up, it was too close to the end that I got bored reading... Confused why they bothered taking much of it then. They're essentially just running friends lists and a store front?

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@Damien @Blainie

i call dibs on destiny 2 writer if we are including that since its under battlenet framework XD

to everyone else i am psyched about this, the gameplay trailer confirms that the leaked sub classes are in fact in game, titan getting captain america shield, hunter getting spear, and the glorious warlock master race getting burning angel wings and fire sword. so much yes. here i may be a DK enthusiast but in Destiny I am  a warlock for lyfe.

I also might play more destiny than wow. I have all classes max light on both platforms XD

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18 minutes ago, Laragon said:

Damn, thanks for the heads up, it was too close to the end that I got bored reading... Confused why they bothered taking much of it then. They're essentially just running friends lists and a store front?

Well Activision is the publisher aka Activision-Blizzard so it makes sense not to give away money to Steam or another platform.

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1 hour ago, Starym said:

Seriously though, didn't Blizzard retire the Battle.net name....

IKR?!?!

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1 hour ago, Lithari said:

I am gonna be getting it on battlenet, anything to avoid playing it with my brother. lol

With the delay on PC (unless it's just a few days, which it won't be) I might actually have to get it on both PS and PC....damn my impatience.

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1 hour ago, Starym said:

With the delay on PC (unless it's just a few days, which it won't be) I might actually have to get it on both PS and PC....damn my impatience.

The way i see it, if one platform has to wait, so should the others, i believe in fair treatment.

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Destiney - wasn't that the PS-Only game? Hack n Slay?

Great gameplay, you could play hundreds of hours? Great looting?

With a pathetic story?

 

And the second part will be released for PC too? Interesting. Should feel quite at home at Activision-Blizzard.

What is Starcraft / Diablo if not fantastic gameplay with the worst story you could possibly imagine?

 

I am quite sure I'll give it a try, as soon as it is avaiable for a low budget price. If they should manage to make a decent story I'll even buy it full price. But I seriously doubt it, unfortunatly :(

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7 hours ago, Lithari said:

The way i see it, if one platform has to wait, so should the others, i believe in fair treatment.

yeah no that's not how it rolls with destiny. PS4 did an amazing job snagging system exclusives and exclusive content over xbox. So, like in call of duty dlc drops a month in advance on PS4. Well with Destiny Ps4 got many perks and advantages over xbox. One simple example is that there is a Ps4 exclusive raid xbox didn't get. Then a few expansions in you could boost characters on Ps4 but not on xbox. So no unfortunately, with Destiny, Fair isn't a thing. 

4 minutes ago, WedgeAntilles said:

Destiney - wasn't that the PS-Only game? Hack n Slay?

Great gameplay, you could play hundreds of hours? Great looting?

With a pathetic story?

 

And the second part will be released for PC too? Interesting. Should feel quite at home at Activision-Blizzard.

What is Starcraft / Diablo if not fantastic gameplay with the worst story you could possibly imagine?

 

I am quite sure I'll give it a try, as soon as it is avaiable for a low budget price. If they should manage to make a decent story I'll even buy it full price. But I seriously doubt it, unfortunatly :(

No it was on the xbox as well and hack n slay isn't quite right, that phrase denotes more diablo. Destiny is a first person shooter. Think almost more borderlands with mmo elements and better multiplayer. There were also dungeons (Strikes) and raids (still raids). There was tons of loot and you could play for hours every day of every week and still keep going. Now as far as the story vanilla destiny was well........ it didn't have a story XD Basically all in game lore got put on the internet and as you unlocked codexes in your game you would read it online. They made some great deep lore and that you just didn't necessarily see it in game. Now once the third expansion came out, that had an epic story and introduced series favorite characters. Now with 2 they are promising more robust in game story which honestly would be nice but isn't necessarily needed. Its not why we played destiny. 

Now destiny 2 won't hit for a low budget price for some time. Once they release a few expansions you may see a drop but it'll take awhile. So vanilla launched with 2 following expansions and the price stayed around 60 bucks plus expansion costs. Once expansion 3 came out they released a version that had all previous content, then once the 4th expansion came out you could buy just that expansion or teh whole collection. So, I wouldn't expect a discount version until at least september 2018

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48 minutes ago, demonardvark said:

yeah no that's not how it rolls with destiny. PS4 did an amazing job snagging system exclusives and exclusive content over xbox. So, like in call of duty dlc drops a month in advance on PS4. Well with Destiny Ps4 got many perks and advantages over xbox. One simple example is that there is a Ps4 exclusive raid xbox didn't get. Then a few expansions in you could boost characters on Ps4 but not on xbox. So no unfortunately, with Destiny, Fair isn't a thing. 

 

Is this for real? They legit have a RAID that's EXCLUSIVE to a system? And everyone is still hyped despite this clearly being a company that has NO MORAL QUALMS about fucking over their users?

That's like saying anyone in WoW couldn't raid if they didn't run Nvidia GPU's or whatever.

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40 minutes ago, Weltenfeind said:

Is this for real? They legit have a RAID that's EXCLUSIVE to a system? And everyone is still hyped despite this clearly being a company that has NO MORAL QUALMS about fucking over their users?

That's like saying anyone in WoW couldn't raid if they didn't run Nvidia GPU's or whatever.

Actually that's not true. There was no exclusive raid ever afaik and most of the other exclusives (strikes aka dungeons an so on) were only timed exclusives aka came later for xbox. The only actual exclusives were a couple of exotics aka legendary weapons, and they weren't that great.

I played Destiny when it was released and it was a bit of a mess, as someone said shitty story solid gameplay and crappy mmo systems. Didn't play much left and came back this year with all the expansions dlcs etc (pretty damn cheap too). As Destiny 1 is right now it's a very solid FPS MMO with a LOT of content and a ton of single player stuff to do. I even like the PvP (and I hate PvP in MMOs usually, don't play many online shooter either).

So if D2 manages to get even 80% of what D1 is now it'll be great.

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24 minutes ago, Starym said:

Actually that's not true. There was no exclusive raid ever afaik and most of the other exclusives (strikes aka dungeons an so on) were only timed exclusives aka came later for xbox. The only actual exclusives were a couple of exotics aka legendary weapons, and they weren't that great.

I played Destiny when it was released and it was a bit of a mess, as someone said shitty story solid gameplay and crappy mmo systems. Didn't play much left and came back this year with all the expansions dlcs etc (pretty damn cheap too). As Destiny 1 is right now it's a very solid FPS MMO with a LOT of content and a ton of single player stuff to do. I even like the PvP (and I hate PvP in MMOs usually, don't play many online shooter either).

So if D2 manages to get even 80% of what D1 is now it'll be great.

Yeah, I googled around a bit myself, and there doesn't seem to be an exclusive raid. There does however seem to be exclusive multiplayer maps, and atleast one Strike. What's worse is most of those seem to still be exclusive until fall 2017. Definitely not touching this.

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Next Stop: Blizzard allows Coca Cola to put advertisements on the launcher, then we get music videos during loading scenes and finally, the sellout completes :D

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37 minutes ago, Starym said:

Actually that's not true. There was no exclusive raid ever afaik and most of the other exclusives (strikes aka dungeons an so on) were only timed exclusives aka came later for xbox. The only actual exclusives were a couple of exotics aka legendary weapons, and they weren't that great.

I played Destiny when it was released and it was a bit of a mess, as someone said shitty story solid gameplay and crappy mmo systems. Didn't play much left and came back this year with all the expansions dlcs etc (pretty damn cheap too). As Destiny 1 is right now it's a very solid FPS MMO with a LOT of content and a ton of single player stuff to do. I even like the PvP (and I hate PvP in MMOs usually, don't play many online shooter either).

So if D2 manages to get even 80% of what D1 is now it'll be great.

 

22 minutes ago, Weltenfeind said:

Yeah, I googled around a bit myself, and there doesn't seem to be an exclusive raid. There does however seem to be exclusive multiplayer maps, and atleast one Strike. What's worse is most of those seem to still be exclusive until fall 2017. Definitely not touching this.

Yup nope, I'm man enough to admit when I made a mistake. I didn't have the Ps4 Version until rise of iron. What i was thinking about was in fact an exclusive strike (dungeon) not a raid. When it was announced early streamers and forum posters had leaked stuff about exclusive black garden material for ps4 and it was assumed it was a raid, but it was just the dungeon.

that is my bad XD only had xbox version back then

But yeah what made destiny good was the taken king expansion. They fixed a ton of things that were severely broken in vanilla. Then between year 2 patches and the release of Rise of Iron it reached a state that everyone said "now destiny is the full game". Like solo players being able to hit max light and stuff. 

The franchise has had a rocky lifespan, however the devs actively listen to players and know how to fix things and make them better. So as starym said, if they can keep the blood of current destiny in 2, it will be an excellent game. Which so far the early access streamers and that have shown amazing content. So its looking good. 

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I guess the release date had to be removed once Blizzard was attached to it - Soon(tm)

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12 minutes ago, demonardvark said:

The franchise has had a rocky lifespan, however the devs actively listen to players and know how to fix things and make them better. So as starym said, if they can keep the blood of current destiny in 2, it will be an excellent game.

Unless you bought the "wrong" system, I guess. That being said, I've said my piece about it. If people want to support companies like that it's their choice.

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I haven't had the chance to play Destiny - was it a good game? And do you expect Destiny 2 to be good/bad as well?

22 hours ago, demonardvark said:

Poor Vlad, nobody ever @s him :(

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Tbh the single strike and MP map don't mean much, unless you're a zealot and insist on everyone having absolutely everything everyone else does. There are many many strikes and a ton of MP maps so it reeeeally didn't make any difference, even for a super hardcore player like myself.

The Taken King definitely fixed a lot of stuff and is still the best content out there for D1, Rise of Iron was ok and added a ton of cool stuff that wasn't campaign related.

Like i said if D2 can being even 70-80% of the content d1 has atm (which I kinda doubt) it's going to be great.

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this is pretty interesting but i hope it doesn't mean blizzard will skip adding a true pve mode to overwatch since destiny already kinda has the pve fps genre covered.

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