There are lots of reasons to be excited about Destiny 2, and one of the biggest is the game's arrival on PC. The mouse and keyboard clan missed out the first time around, but Bungie is ready to remedy that with the sequel. The game will be available through Battle.net exclusively – a smart move that means millions of players will have the installer for it right in front of them come September 8, plus Activision doesn't have to share all those Destiny 2 dollars with anyone else.
"We’re gonna be right on there with World of Warcraft, Diablo, Overwatch, Heroes of the Storm, and Hearthstone," says game director Luke Smith. "It’s like a tray full of experiences that you can love like a hobby, and full of passionate communities."
UPDATE: According to a representative from Bungie, there is actually no confirmed date set for the PC version of Destiny 2.
The PC version will differ from the console version slightly – most notably in terms of graphics performance (and controls, obviously). Here's what Bungie is currently stating that it will support:
Destiny 2 PC
- 4k Resolution Support (3820x2160)
- Uncapped framerate
- Full mouse and keyboard support with custom key mapping
- Text chat
- Adjustable Field of View
- Detailed PC settings screen
- 21:9 monitor support
To give you a rough idea of performance, the rig that Bungie was running during the gameplay reveal livestream was an i7-7700K 4.2GHz with 16GB of RAM and a GTX 1080Ti graphics card.
Blizzard has also released some details on just how Destiny 2 will fit into its ecosystem. "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," says Blizzard. "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."
It also explains the surprising decision to add a non-Blizzard game to its launcher, citing the development delay building a brand new network client for Destiny 2 would cause. Don't expect to see a rush of other games joining the service though. "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."