Blizzard Entertainment announced today that the PC version of Destiny 2 will receive exclusive support through their online platform Battle.net. The support is the result of a partnership with Bungie and Activision. It’s a natural move, as both Activision Publishing and Blizzard Entertainment are subsidiaries of Activision Blizzard.
Destiny 2 on Battle.net
While Blizzard Entertainment was not a part of the original Destiny title, the release from the company behind such mammoth titles as StarCraft 2, Overwatch, and World of Warcraft mentions that they are “big fans” of the sci-fi fantasy shooter. The release also mentions that, because of the partnership, the developers at Bungie won’t have to focus on creating any sort of online platform for the game, since they’ll be using one that has already been established for over two decades.
Welcome, Guardians! We’re excited to announce our partnership to bring #Destiny2 to PC!
— Blizzard Ent (@Blizzard_Ent) May 18, 2017
It also means new players may be joining Battle.net through Destiny 2. Battle.net supports communication and socialization across games, so that will expand their social network to include any players who are Destiny fans but haven’t been playing any Blizzard titles.
Essentially, this represents a paradigm shift for Blizzard Entertainment who, until this announcement, have only supported their own titles via Battle.net. The release states that, at least at this time, the company has no intention of expanding support even further. They are solely focused on Destiny 2, for now.
The announcement makes no mention of a specific release date, choosing instead to merely state that Bungie is working through “global details.” It also explicitly specifies that Blizzard will be handling any customer service issues pertaining to Battle.net, and Bungie will be handling those pertaining to Destiny 2.
In a lucky break for anyone sitting on a Blizzard Balance, those with such a credit will now be able to put the balance toward the purchase of Bungie’s title.