Steam is a pretty popular service when it comes to PC gamers being able to pick up the latest titles – but come this September, it’ll be missing quite the crucial one.
That’s because Activision has decided to forego using Steam for the release of its forthcoming PC port of Destiny 2, instead going with a service that a lot of hardcore gamers will instantly recognize – Battle.net.
This particular service has been known for distributing a number of Blizzard Entertainment hits, as well as services that fans have come to know and appreciate, as the “central nervous system for Blizzard games.”
Eric Hirshberg, CEO for Activision, and Mike Morhaime, president of Blizzard Entertainment, confirmed the news during the game’s presentation earlier today. “We thought it would be a great opportunity to bring the Destiny community and the Blizzard community together,” Morhaime noted.
With Battle.net implemented, Destiny 2 will no doubt take advantage of a number of its noteworthy features, including multiplayer matchmaking (something that’s obviously of big importance to this franchise), as well as voice chat and being able to make Microtransactions in the game as they’re introduced.
Even though the Battle.net branding itself is going the way of the dodo, the platform will still retain the name, since it still has a sense of familiarity with its longtime fans. That’s likely to stay the same when Destiny 2 arrives on the platform.
Destiny 2 marks the franchise’s long-awaited debut on the PC front, since the original Destiny was just released for consoles. That decision left a lot of fans out in the cold, since they felt that the structure of Destiny was pretty ideal for the PC gaming crowd. Apparently, Activision and Bungie agreed, and, upon announcing the game earlier this year, confirmed its arrival for the platform. No doubt that’ll give sales a boost this time around, since the sequel won’t be coming to Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. (Those platforms have been losing popularity in the face of new hardware anyway.)
Is this a move that will pay off for Activision? It seems that way, since Destiny 2 is built around the same hardcore foundation as a lot of Blizzard classics when it comes to community, so it should have no problem being a best-seller when it arrives on September 8th for PC, as well as Xbox One and PlayStation 4.