Activision has been shouting from the rooftops for months that Lot 2 will be available from September 8. Now the publisher has clarified that this release date only applies to the console version of the game. PC users will probably have to wait a little longer to play the highly anticipated massive multiplayer shooter.
“We’re not committed to a PC date yet, but at Bungie we’re committed to making a PC the best it can be,” Lot 2 Director Luke Smith told PC Gamer after the initial gameplay reveal for the title. “Through our partnership with Blizzard and being on Battle.net, we want to make sure this version of the game has time to bake in the oven so it’s a delicious piece of bread when it comes out.”
Blizzard was also squishy about PC release specs in an FAQ about the game’s release on Battle.net (which is supposedly now called the Blizzard app, though no one calls it that). “We are excited to partner with Bungie to bring the PC version of Lot 2 to every region where Blizzard currently operates,” the FAQ reads. “Bungie is actively working on the global details. We look forward to sharing additional information later this year.”
Elsewhere in the FAQ, Blizzard clarifies that Battle.net’s addition of a game from sister company Activision doesn’t mean the platform will soon be expanded to include other non-Blizzard games, à la Valve’s Steam or EA’s Origin.
“Our focus on supporting non-Blizzard games is only around Lot 2Blizzard wrote. “Apart from evaluating potential needs or opportunities for future Activision games, we have no short or long-term plans to support third-party games with Battle.net. It is important for us to maintain our quality standards for any experience or service we provide to our players, which represents a major investment of time and effort on our part, so this is not something we jump lightly on.”
Why use Battle.net for? Lot 2, then? Blizzard says creating a brand new PC launcher/network client “would unnecessarily extend the development period for the game. Lot 2 like everyone else as soon as possible, so we’ve offered to share our PC platform with our sister companies for this release.”
That’s a nice sentiment, but it turns out that players want it Lot 2 “as soon as possible” will probably have to resign themselves to the console versions.