Breaking the console-only precedent set by the original Destiny for PlayStation 3, PlayStation4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One, Bungie announced a PC version of its highly-anticipated sequel, Destiny 2.
The original Destiny missing the PC platform was widely seen as something of a head-scratcher, given Bungie’s cross-generational release plan. The Massively Multiplayer Online/First-Person Shooter (MMOFPS) hybrid is known for being the first major brush with the MMO gameplay loop for many console gamers, which compounded the surprise to PC gamers who expected such a natural fit for the platform to arrive eventually.
Destiny 2 on PC will release in five editions ranging from the standard digital edition with just the base game, to the physical Limited Edition that includes: two expansions, a Limited Edition SteelBook case, a Collector’s Box, and three exclusive pieces of premium digital content.
Halo/Destiny veterans Bungie premiered their latest with an unexpectedly silly trailer, which likely focuses on moments of levity as a riposte to the lukewarm response from gamers to the deathly serious tone of the original game.
Those who pre-order Destiny 2 will gain access to a beta period, guaranteed before launch. Bungie promises to announce the dates for this early access soon. With the story reveal trailer in the bag, there will be a gameplay reveal in May, and the final run of information just before Destiny 2‘s launch in September.
Cross-play between platforms is not confirmed. While this is possible for a handful of active games like Killer Instinct, Rocket League, and Street Fighter V, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One users have yet to receive a game that allows play between the two systems. Additionally, the first-person nature of the game means mouse and keyboard users on the PC may have an unfair advantage over controller users on consoles, so cross-play between PC and just one of the two major console services is unlikely.
While the original game never did make the jump to PC, the upcoming Destiny 2 releases on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC on September 8th, 2017.