Call of Duty on Battle.net? Hmmm.. interesting.
Activision and Blizzard joined hands to announce Destiny 2’s exclusivity to Blizzard App aka Battle.net. This means that there won’t be any Steam version of the title and players will be able to experience the game solely through Blizzard’s client.
This came as a shock to the community and a hit to Valve. Destiny 2 is now the very first non-Blizzard game to release through Blizzard App. Which begs the question, are other Activision games going to follow? Well, it isn’t completely out of the question judging from the statement made by Blizzard.
Our focus in terms of supporting non-Blizzard games is solely around Destiny 2. Aside from potentially evaluating needs or opportunities for future Activision games, we don’t have any short- or long-term plans to support third-party games with Battle.net. It’s important to us to maintain our quality standards for any experience or service we’re putting in front of our players, which represents a big investment of time and effort on our part, so this is not something we’re jumping into lightly.
The key sentence to focus on is “evaluating needs or opportunities for future Activision games.” It is safe to say that if Destiny 2 is successful on Blizzard’s client we can expect future Activision games to release through Battle.Net as well. One of the biggest IPs of Activision is Call of Duty which would surely be the game to arrive first on Blizzard’s app. COD’s sales or user engagement on PC wasn’t something to brag about already, however, with the release of Infinite Warfare it dropped to an all-time low.
Pulling the game from Steam may not be a bad idea, at least it won’t matter as much as some may think. Call of Duty: WWII is available on Steam but Call of Duty 2018 may not be.
Do you think Call of Duty on Battle.net makes sense? Would it really matter to PC gamers? Share what you think in the comments below.