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Destiny Silver Steam Sales Were an ‘Error’ Bungie Clarifies

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Earlier this week, a listing popped up on Steam for Destiny Silver. The in-game currency, which is used to purchase emotes and ornaments, was only available briefly before being removed but it prompted speculation that the upcoming sequel could be released on Steam.

Bungie community manager David “Deej” Dague has now taken to Twitter to clarify the situation, explaining that the Destiny Silver Steam listing was an “error.” Apologizing for the confusion, Deej also told followers that “all purchases will be refunded manually by Valve.” For good measure, Deej referred to the Destiny 2 Blizzard partnership, stating that there are “no plans to release Destiny 2 on PC anywhere else,” also encouraging fans to “pass it on.”

But while Deej’s comments dash plans for a Destiny 2 release on Steam, the speculation is not over yet. After being asked how Bungie could possibly sell microtransactions for Destiny when it doesn’t exist on PC, Deej replied succinctly “Spoiler: You don’t.” This has prompted further discussion among fans about whether the first Destiny is coming to Steam, rather than the sequel.

Releasing the first Destiny on Steam could be a risky prospect. PC players were incredibly disappointed that the first game was console only, which is why people were so delighted when Destiny 2 was announced for PC with platform-specific features.

Releasing that game on PC now would be a great way to get PC players involved in the series, or it could draw attention away from the PC release of Destiny 2. PC players would wonder why they should purchase the sequel when the game that started it all is available, offering similar content for (what could be) a much cheaper price.

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It also raises the question of why Bungie would release Destiny on Steam if Destiny 2 on PC is exclusive to the Blizzard Battle.net launcher. Steam does have over 125 million users and offering Destiny to them could be a strong marketing strategy, or it could fragment the PC player base. It would seem to make a lot more sense to release the first Destiny through Blizzard’s Battle.net, otherwise fans who don’t have Blizzard accounts will have to move to a different game launcher just to continue their adventures as a Guardian.

Destiny 2 on PC releases in October, and so Bungie’s plans for the platform should become much clearer in the coming weeks. Hopefully that includes further explanation on exactly why the Steam listing was ready to go in the first place.

Destiny 2 releases on September 6, 2017 for PS4 and Xbox One, and October 24, 2017 for PC.



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