Blizzard Entertainment to Host Destiny 2 on PC via Battle.net®
Destiny 2 Gives Players New Ways to Connect and Play with Others
Through "Guided Games" Feature
SANTA MONICA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
Bungie and Activision Publishing, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of
Activision Blizzard, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATVI), debuted Destiny 2's
gameplay for the first time to a global, livestreamed audience in a
hands-on event at Jet Center in Hawthorne, California. Destiny 2
is the sequel to the internationally acclaimed Destiny, a
first-person action game that takes the player on an epic journey to
defend humanity from annihilation. The live broadcast showcased a
variety of the activities, opening on a dramatic campaign mission that
sets up the premise of the game to answer how you recover when your home
is destroyed and your powers are taken away. The broadcast went on to
detail the game's social and cooperative activities, including the
all-new "Guided Games" feature while highlighting multiple brand-new
destinations. In September, Destiny 2 will be available on
PlayStation®4 systems with additional, timed exclusive* content, and
Xbox One (PlayStation®Plus or Xbox Live Gold subscription, respectively,
required for significant features). Additionally, Destiny 2 will
be available on PC at retail and as the first third-party game to be
offered digitally via Battle.net®, Blizzard Entertainment's online
The broadcast was streamed globally in four languages and emphasized
that the game will offer a fresh start to all players with no previous
knowledge or background needed. Destiny 2's story allows the
player to enjoy a heroic, cinematic journey, either solo or with
friends. A key announcement during the livestream was about a new
feature called, "Guided Games," that makes it easy for all players to
experience the most challenging and rewarding activities the game has to
offer. This new feature allows solo players to find and play with other
players to enjoy Destiny 2 and earn new in-game rewards like
weapons, and armor. Also available for attendees was "Countdown," an
all-new competitive multiplayer mode as well as a three-player
cooperative activity on a new map called, "Inverted Spire."
In the story of Destiny 2, the last safe city on Earth has fallen
and lay in ruins, occupied by a powerful new enemy and his elite army,
the Red Legion. Every player creates their own character called a
"Guardian," humanity's chosen protectors. As a Guardian in Destiny 2,
players must master new abilities and weapons to reunite the city's
forces, stand together and fight back to reclaim their home.
"Destiny established a blockbuster, new franchise and a massive
global community of amazingly passionate fans. And today, we are giving
people their first look at the gameplay of Destiny 2," said Eric
Hirshberg, CEO of Activision. "Destiny 2 has a great story, an
iconic new villain, awesome characters you want to go on an epic
adventure with, and of course, tons of the amazing gameplay that Destiny
is known for. We, along with our partners at Bungie, have listened
carefully to our community, and have added thoughtful innovations that
make the game, and all of its content, more accessible to more types of
players than ever before."
Bungie CEO, Pete Parsons, said, "This is a defining moment for our
studio, and we couldn't have done it without the continued support of
our partners in Activision, Sony and now Blizzard." He added, "We have
an amazing community of players who have been with us on this journey,
but with the sequel, the team are paying close attention to welcoming
new and returning Guardians to the universe with something for every
type of gamer, including gameplay for solo, cooperative and competitive
players with new places to explore and adventures to conquer."
"As Destiny fans, we were excited to learn that the sequel was
coming to PC," said Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard
Entertainment. "We're pleased to support Destiny 2 as the first
non-Blizzard game on our platform, and we look forward to joining fellow
Guardians in their fight against the Red Legion."
Destiny 2 is currently Rating Pending (RP) by the ESRB and will
be available at a suggested retail price of $59.99. The product line-up
will also feature the Destiny 2 - Game + Expansion Pass Bundle at
$89.99 SRP, the Destiny 2 - Digital Deluxe Edition featuring
premium digital content at $99.99 SRP, the Limited Edition at
$99.99 SRP, and the Collector's Edition, featuring a fully-wearable Destiny
2 - Frontier Bag, Expansion Pass, premium digital content and a
Cabal-themed Collector's Box for $249.99 SRP.
For more game information, visit www.DestinyTheGame.com
and follow the official Destiny social channels on Facebook
and @DestinyTheGame on Instagram
The community can interact directly with the developers at www.Bungie.net,
@Bungie on Twitter,
Bungie is an independent, employee-owned game development studio
dedicated to creating hopeful worlds that inspire passionate player
communities. For more than two-and-a-half decades that purpose has led
to the creation of some of the industry's most celebrated gaming
franchises, including Marathon, Myth, Halo, and Destiny.
Today, Bungie is focused on developing the next highly-anticipated
release in the Destiny universe, Destiny 2.
About Blizzard Entertainment, Inc.
Best known for blockbuster hits including World of Warcraft®, Hearthstone®, Overwatch®,
the Warcraft®, StarCraft®, and Diablo®
franchises, and the multi-franchise Heroes of the Storm®,
Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. (www.blizzard.com),
a division of Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ: ATVI), is a premier developer
and publisher of entertainment software renowned for creating some of
the industry's most critically acclaimed games. Blizzard Entertainment's
track record includes twenty-one #1 games† and multiple Game of
the Year awards. The company's online gaming service is one of the
largest in the world, with millions of active players.
About Activision Publishing, Inc.
Headquartered in Santa Monica, California, Activision Publishing,
Inc. is a leading global producer and publisher of interactive
entertainment. Activision maintains operations throughout the world and
is a division of Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ: ATVI), an S&P 500 company.
More information about Activision and its products can be found on the
company's website, www.activision.com or
by following @Activision.
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regarding the future, including statements about the expected pricing,
gameplay, features and functionality of Destiny 2, are
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from current expectations.
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*Timed exclusive content until at least Fall 2018. More details to come
†Sales and/or downloads, based on internal company records and
reports from key distribution partners.
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