Earlier this year, Bungie’s Destiny 2 PC version migrated from Battle.net to Steam. The free-to-play online mutiplayer first-person shooter launched on Valve’s digital storefront on October 1st alongside the Shadowkeep expansion.
As evident from the high concurrent player count, the move to Steam was definitely the right choice for Destiny 2. Months later, the player base has dropped sharply, but the game is still topping over 100K players daily according to Steam Charts.
Before the announcement that Destiny 2 would be coming to Steam, many suspected that the Epic Games Store is the next home for the shooter. However, that isn’t what happened and the game is now flourishing, which might not have happened had it landed on the Epic’s controversial store.
When asked about the decision to skip Epic Games Store in favor of Steam, Bungie Communication Director David Dague tells PCGamesN, “We consider just about everything, but we made the decision to go with Steam for all the obvious reasons.”
Over the past year, there has been a lot of controversy regarding the relatively new Epic Games Store. Whilst some disprove of the launcher due to its lack of features compared to Steam, others simply don’t want to deal with multiple launchers. With the passage of time, however, the gaming community, by and large, has grown accustomed to the Epic Games Store.
It’s not explicitly stated what the “obvious reasons” are, but it’s clear that Bungie perceived Steam to be the more logical choice.
“Steam has a large and faithful install base,” he continues. “We have great access to some of the people at Valve, because we’re right there in the same industry community in Bellevue, WA. And we just figured it would be a good way to welcome a lot of new players into our community.”
Picking Steam doesn’t necessarily mean that Destiny 2 won’t come to EGS. In fact, Destiny 2’s Mark Noseworthy stated at E3 that they’re “not tied to Steam exclusively”. He added that it’s “totally conceivable that some day we’d be on the Epic Games Store and other launchers in different regions”.
As such, it’s highly likely that the free-to-play shooter will soon be available on multiple storefronts.