There’s been a lot of fanfare around developer Bungie’s decision to bring the sequel to online-only shooter Destiny to the PC, given that the original game was a console-only release for its entire multi-year lifespan. We also found out just today that the game will be distributed exclusively through Blizzard’s Battle.net service, a huge boon for Bungie’s publishing partner Activision Blizzard. But Destiny 2 game director Luke Smith had some bad news to announce at the gameplay reveal event here in Los Angeles: the PC release won’t happen until after the console one on September 8th, 2017, according to IGN.
“We’re not committed to a PC date yet, but at Bungie we’re totally committed to making a PC build as great as we can,” Smith said in an interview with IGN. “Our partnership with Blizzard and being on Battle.net, we want to make sure that this version of the game has the time it needs to bake in the oven so it’s a delicious piece of bread when it comes out.” So it’s unclear how long it will take for Bungie to get the PC version out.
This information, though corroborated by a webpage about Destiny 2 on Blizzard’s website, does conflict with the Amazon and GameStop preorder pages, which is why, up until now, it was thought that the game would be a concurrent release on both PC and console. It’s unfortunate news, to be sure. But given how many games have botched PC launches of late, it’s probably best that Bungie works closely with Activision and the Battle.net team to ensure the PC release goes smoothly. Because nothing is more souring to a game launch than a PC version that performs poorly and is borderline unplayable at launch.