Destiny 2 Not Fated for Nintendo Switch

Bungie has 'no plans' to bring its MMOFPS sequel to Nintendo's portable console.

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Speaking with editors at IGN, Destiny 2's project lead Mark Noseworthy expressed doubt that the massively multiplayer shooter sequel will make its way to Nintendo Switch.

"I think it's pretty unrealistic, given we're an online-only game, right?" Noseworthy said. "The Switch, because it's a portable, and I love my Switch, I've got Breath of the Wild here, I've got it with me. It's incredible, I love the console, but in terms of where it's at, I don't want leave anyone with the possibility of, like, 'it's a thing we'll consider, maybe next year.' There's no plans right now for Switch."

Bungie and Activision pulled back the curtain on Destiny 2 during a worldwide event yesterday. The sequel, which will release on September 8 for Xbox One and PS4—and for PC, although possibly not until later—will feature a revamped weapons system, support for multiplayer clans, and guided missions that help solo players find allies for raid missions, among other new trappings.

Yesterday's reveal also brought word that the PC version of Destiny 2 will be published on Blizzard Entertainment's Blizzard Launcher, formerly known as Battle.net. One benefit that stems from buying the game through Blizzard's service is that you can buy the game by converting gold earned in World of WarCraft.

Shacknews editor-in-chief Steve Watts went hands-on with the PC version of Destiny 2 during yesterday's event. He came away pleased by how Bungie addressed criticism of the original game, though expressed some concern that Destiny 2 doesn't seem to have many surprises up its sleeve.

"Sequels are often iterative rather than innovative," he wrote. "Destiny 2 doesn't appear to be a total sea change from its predecessor, but it has taken criticisms to heart and sanded off some of the rough edges that may have turned off prospective players. It remains to be seen if the progression loop is equally refined, but Bungie has shown a capacity to learn from its mistakes. Destiny 2 is a smarter version of the game we began playing years ago, and that's exciting even without the element of surprise."

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    May 19, 2017 1:55 PM

    David Craddock posted a new article, Destiny 2 Not Fated for Nintendo Switch

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      May 19, 2017 1:59 PM

      Sad but not unexpected. Until Blizzard gets something of theirs on the system I wouldn't expect anything else using Battle.net (why did they have to change that name again?) to run on it either.

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        May 19, 2017 2:02 PM

        I don't think it's going to use Battle.net or any Blizzard infrastructure on X-Box or PS4, either.

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          May 19, 2017 2:13 PM

          Why wouldn't they? Unless Blizzard doesn't use it for their games on consoles at all it would be way easier for them to keep everything server side on one network.

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            May 19, 2017 2:14 PM

            Because the only thing it's using battle.net for on PC is the store front and social features like friends list and chat. Game servers themselves are run by bungie.

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              May 19, 2017 2:14 PM

              I thought the whole thing was going through Battle.net, if not then that makes sense.

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                May 19, 2017 2:35 PM

                Nope. They have posted as such in a faq and some posts on blizzards site.

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            May 19, 2017 2:15 PM

            Because the things Blizzard is doing for Destiny on PC is:

            a) Storefront
            b) Friends list and chat

            Which both consoles already have built-in and they can't circumvent anyway.

            Server infrastructure is on Bungie's end and there's no dedicated servers for the PC version at least, anyway, so it's probably all matchmaking.

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            May 19, 2017 2:18 PM

            Also, while you can link your Blizzard account to one or both of the consoles for things like redeeming rewards in D3 and Overwatch, purchases don't carry over.

            https://us.battle.net/support/en/article/Linking-your-Console-Account-on-Battle-net

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        May 19, 2017 2:06 PM

        Battle.net is the greatest name for an online multiplayer service. #ItsStillRealToMeDamnIt

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          May 19, 2017 2:09 PM

          Yeah I've been using it way too long to call it anything else, and putting Destiny 2 on it isn't going to help where that's concerned (can't wait!!)

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          May 19, 2017 2:19 PM

          They could have gotten away with calling it Blizzard's Battle Net Launcher. Everyone can still call it Battle Net and the corporate management get their pat on the back for renaming something.

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        May 19, 2017 4:25 PM

        that.. has nothing to do with it?

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        May 20, 2017 8:05 AM

        God fucking damn it I would kill for Diablo 3 on the Switch.

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      May 19, 2017 2:53 PM

      Someone really thought it would?

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        May 19, 2017 6:14 PM

        No but Switch plus Destiny 2 equals some kind of SEO nonsense?

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      May 19, 2017 4:13 PM

      Shocking

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      May 19, 2017 4:29 PM

      I don't expect any new cross platform AAA games coming to the switch. It's not that kind of system

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      May 19, 2017 4:52 PM

      Never expected it to. It's been in development since before we even knew what the switch would be. I don't see it as a negative. Install base isn't large enough yet for what bungie would want anyways.

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      May 19, 2017 5:36 PM

      Yeah of course. Nintendo only wants *good* games on their console, if possible.

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      May 19, 2017 5:56 PM

      It's trailer trash 2.