Blizzard isn’t planning on hosting other third-party games on its platform.
Blizzard and Bungie surprised viewers of the Destiny 2 reveal event yesterday when they announced that the PC version of the game would be available exclusively on Battle.net. It will mark the first time a non-Blizzard game releases on the platform, but don’t go thinking it’s the beginning of a new trend.
In an update posted to its website yesterday, Blizzard wrote that it has no plans to bring other third-party games to Battle.net.
“Our focus in terms of supporting non-Blizzard games is solely around Destiny 2,” reads the post. “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.”
So why make the exception for Destiny 2? The mountains of cash the game is sure to make almost certainly have something to do with it, but there are many highly profitable multiplayer games made outside the walls of Activision Blizzard, so why this one in particular? Supposedly it’s because Blizzard just liked the first Destiny so much that it can’t bear to wait longer than it has to in order to play the follow-up on PC.
“We loved Destiny and think Destiny 2 is going to be a great game,” the post continues. “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.”
Blizzard will give Destiny 2 many of the same features its own games enjoy on Battle.net. Players will be able to use their Blizzard Balance toward purchasing Destiny 2, and they’ll be able to find and chat with friends as well as jump into parties with them just as they would in Blizzard-developed games. Bungie will actually manage the Destiny 2 servers, however, while Blizzard’s servers will be used for logging in and the aforementioned social functionality.
Destiny 2 is coming to consoles on September 8, but Blizzard offered a non-answer to the question of when the game is coming to PC, saying only that “Bungie is actively working through the global details” of the launch. Bungie previously confirmed that the PC release date would be later than September 8 but would not nail down the length of the delay.