Destiny 2 Coming to the Blizzard Launcher!
While Activision and Blizzard are part of the same company, the recent announcement to have Activision’s upcoming MMOFPS Destiny 2 on the Blizzard Game Launcher has come as a surprise to many.
While the Blizzard Launcher has primarily functioned as a hub for Blizzard’s games such as World of Warcraft, Hearthstone, and Diablo, Destiny 2 will represent the first non first-party Blizzard game available to be opened and managed from the Launcher.
While the Blizzard Launcher will be hosting the game, the game’s servers will still be run by Bungie, while Blizzard’s servers will be used for features related to the Blizzard platform, such as login and social functionality. Bungie will also be responsible for ingame services, while Blizzard focuses on Launcher related queries and issues.
Another great outcome of this partnership is an enhanced social experience .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. 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.
While it does look like the games are staying more or less separated (i.e. no Cayde-6 in Heroes of the Storm) it does open the door for interesting questions regarding 3rd party games making their way onto Blizzard’s platform, which could easily evolve into a system like Valve’s Steam platform or Electronic Art’s Origin Launcher.
For more info about Destiny 2 on the Blizzard Game Launcher , check out the official news release here!
Or to see more about the game itself, check out the game’s official webpage here!