Destiny 2 coming to PC is a pretty big deal, and its exclusivity to Blizzard’s proprietary launcher — previously called Battle.net — means it gets support for features already available in Blizzard’s games.
That of course includes voice chat, and also actually purchasing the game using your Blizzard Balance.
Destiny 2‘s PC version will come to Blizzard’s Battle.net platform, which is the “central nervous system for Blizzard games”, and joins a long list of acclaimed titles on the platform.
Eric Hirshberg, CEO of Activision, and Mike Morhaime, president of Blizzard Entertainment, revealed the Destiny 2 Battle.net exclusivity today.
“We thought it would be a great opportunity to bring the Destiny community and the Blizzard community together,” Morhaime said.
Battle.net has been used for Blizzard’s games — the World of Warcraft, Hearthstone, StarCraft, Diablo and Overwatch franchises — but that group will now be joined by the Guardians of Destiny 2.
The WoW Token is an in-game World of Warcraft item that you can redeem for $15 in Blizzard Balance. One token will net you roughly 110,000 gold, meaning you’ll need to part with around 450,000 WoW Gold to purchase Destiny 2 using in-game credit.
With Destiny 2 now coming to Blizzard’s distribution and networking platform, it’s ignited talk about the possibilities of other non-Blizzard games coming to the service.
However, Blizzard has been quick to shoot down the chatter.
“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,” the company said in a statement.
That certainly leaves the door open for Call of Duty: WWII in future, and may stand to help blend the Blizzard and Activision audiences together.
Activision may also be looking to leverage the sizeable Blizzard fanbase already engaged with the likes of WoW, StarCraft and Overwatch using the company launcher. This functionality may just make it easier for those players to jump on over to Destiny 2.