One of the biggest bombs dropped during the announcement of Destiny 2's huge gameplay reveal was that the game would be coming to PC. The initial shock wave of excitement became flush with confusion when it was later revealed that PC players may have to wait a little longer for Destiny 2.
According to PC Gamer, Destiny 2 will release officially both digitally and physically at participating retail outlets for the Xbox One and PlayStation4 on September 8th. The PC version, however, will be missing in action come September 8th. Why? Because it's on a slight delay.
They're reporting that Destiny 2 director Luke Smith explained to them that the title will need more time to cook in the oven before it's ready for release on PC, and that they're working with Blizzard to ensure that the game on the Blizzard Launcher is ripe and ready for use when the time comes, saying...
This is an interesting turn of events for sure. Previously we learned that Destiny 2 would not be launching on Steam. Bungie confirmed that they would be releasing the game exclusively on PC through the Blizzard Launcher, the client service that was recently renamed from Battle.net.
It seems like such an odd time for the renaming given that Battle.net seems a lot more universal for games outside of Blizzard's publishing/developing arm, especially given that it seems particularly odd to have a game like Destiny 2 under the Blizzard Launcher wing.
Regardless, it appears as if Blizzard and Bungie have a bit more connectivity than we originally thought, especially since Smith confirms that their partnership with Blizzard hinges on getting the game working right with the Battle.net infrastructure.
Additionally, they mention that there will be a beta test at some point before September 8th, where PS4, Xbox One and PC gamers will be able to play-test Destiny 2 ahead of launch. This play-test on PC will -- yes, you guessed it -- require the Blizzard Launcher.
PC Gamer notes, however, that whether you check the Blizzard FAQ or browse through the client, they don't have any release date information for the PC version of Destiny 2. It was noted that beta access would be a priority for those who pre-ordered the game, so even with a scattered release it sounds like maybe the beta will share parity across all platforms.
Smith explained to PC Gamer that he had no further details on how much of a delay the game would suffer on PC, but it sounds like it's one of those things where they want to avoid Batman: Arkham Knight situation where the PC version launches and suffers from more than six months of glitches, hiccups and performance issues. Apparently release date information for the PC version of Destiny 2 will be coming soon, and likely ahead of the official launch of the open beta test.