E3 2017: Destiny 2 is launching September 6 on consoles, October 24 on PC

The launch dates for Bungie’s highly anticipated Destiny 2 have been revealed, and PC players are going to need an extra-large dose of patience when they hear the news.

The scifi sequel is rolling out globally to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles on September 6th, while the PC edition is slated for nearly two months later on October 24th. Just because PC players are going to have to wait until almost Halloween to pick up the title doesn’t mean they can’t preorder it right now on the Blizzard Launcher. It’s so thoughtful of the companies involved, don’t you think?

To rub salt in the wounds, PlayStation 4 will be the recipient of “timed exclusives” at its launch, including a multiplayer map, a three-player strike, specialized gear sets, and an exotic weapon.

In addition to confirming the launch date, Bungie announced at E3 2017 this week that the console beta is coming in July (July 18th for PS4 and July 19 for Xbone). Again, PC players are going to have to sit on their hands, since that beta isn’t scheduled until “late August.”

Bungie also revealed a staff-using melee fighter called the Arcstrider Hunter at the trade show. Destiny 2 will retail for $60 for the standard edition, $90 if you want to bundle in an expansion pass, $100 for the digital deluxe version, $100 for the limited edition, and a staggering $250 for the physical collector’s edition.

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Crowe

Well, I guess there’s no pressure to pre-order now. As a PC-only player, I’ll have plenty of time to read reviews from players before deciding if I should buy. And with a delay of 6 weeks, I actually expect the PC release to be further delayed as Bungie has to focus resources to fix the previously-undiscovered-until-launch issues for their core demographic on consoles.

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Necromonger

Well dont expect a totaly new game.
Its basicly Destiny 1.5

But at least we can soon play it at 60fps wich was why i never played it on consoles.
This game and Anthem can be nice shooter mmo’s, i just hope they are both extremely fun to play for a long time.

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Reselect Name

So is this game exactly like the other one?

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Reselect Name

You know its bad when the PVP has “maps”.

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Geoffrey Smith

I’ll hold off on the pre-order till I see some system requirements. Not that I don’t think I will handle them, but would like to know what I am looking at.

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Greaterdivinity

Right on, still very much on my radar. I don’t have any issues waiting a bit, if nothing else it should give them time to shore up any launch issues (except for performance) by the time it hits PC.

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Alex Js.

Well, PC players don’t really have to “sit on their hands” – they can always buy a console version first and the PC version slightly later. That’s the whole point of staggered releases like these – to encourage many impatient people (especially owners of both the gaming consoles and powerful PCs) to “double dip” ;-)

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Crowe

There’s no cross-platform play though. So no progress you do on the console will go with you to PC. (at least I read that somewhere) At the prices they’re charging, it would really need to be an amazing game to warrant two un-connected purchases of it. And IMO, I don’t see it here. It has the potential to be decent though.

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mcsleaz

I did it with GTA V.

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kgptzac

The insinuation on the level of intelligence of owners of both consoles and PC is quite unflattering and most likely untrue. If you own an console, and consider the franchise, I think the most obvious answer is just go with the console version from the start.

Also on PC (and consoles) there is Warframe, which so far I’m yet to see being bettered by Destiny 2.

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Karma_Mule

Oh who would ever do that?!?!?!

…..ok, maybe me…..

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Drainage

E3 video is available, but can’t link it.

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Drainage

The delay is good, don’t be envious. This delay is short compared to a Rockstar game. Let them hammer out what is unique to PC.

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kidwithknife

Seriously. Obviously it’d be nice to get it at the same time as consoles and bug-free, stable and fully optimized. I think, though, that we’ll be lucky if we get one or the other of those, and I’d rather have the latter.

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BalsBigBrother

Pretty much expected that PC players would always be behind given the franchise was always console first.

Hmm with the October release I don’t think I will be playing Destiny 2 at launch because all being well I am going to be neck deep in a game called ELEX instead. Still that might give me a little time to hunt down a bargain price for Destiny 2 a little while after the launch so its not all bad I guess :-)

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Armsbend

So the article implies you can launch the game (not just pre-order through) from Blizzard’s launcher? That could be the thing that tips me over.

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Drainage

Yep, already advertising it on the launcher. Easy peezy.

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Reht

You are both correct, it will be launched through Battlenet but Bungie will be responsible for maintaining servers, etc.

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Sray

My understanding is exactly that: on PC the game will will be launched through the Blizzard app.

It makes sense, Activision has no PC client app for organising/selling/updating its games like Origin or Uplay. All of that stuff is handled by Steam for CoD and other games that require it. Given how increasingly less than impressed with Valve most of the big publishers are, its not surprising that ActiBlizzard would eventually choose to forego using Steam for their own service.

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