Activision to give out Destiny 2 for free on PC in November

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Activision has announced that anyone with a Battle.net account will be able to download Destiny 2 on PC for free for a period of just over two weeks in November 2018.

The publisher said: “To celebrate an entire year on PC, Bungie and Activision, in collaboration with Blizzard Entertainment, announce that from November 2nd to November 18th everyone on Blizzard’s Battle.net gaming platform who has not already purchased Destiny 2 — or any new members joining Battle.net—will have the opportunity to claim the game as a free gift.” There are a few – not very onerous – conditions:  “Players will have the opportunity to download the game once they’ve claimed it.  New Battle.net accounts created after 19:00 BST on November 2, 2018, will be required to enable Blizzard SMS Protect before claiming their game license.  Destiny 2 is redeemable from https://account.blizzard.com/gifts/.”

Steve Cotton, game director for Destiny 2: Forsaken, said: “We know Destiny players that want to play on PC expect an amazing experience, whether it’s on their own or with their friends — so, our paramount concern was to keep the discerning requirements of the PC community in mind, and welcoming the Battle.net and Bungie PC communities together. With this gift we look forward to seeing new Guardians in our universe.” 

Activision added that: “Existing players of Destiny 2 PC will receive an exclusive emblem not available anywhere else, which becomes available in December, to commemorate the first anniversary of being on Battle.net.” The offer, unsurprisingly, doesn’t extend to Destiny 2’s downloadable content Curse of Osiris, Warmind and Forsaken. But Activision was keen to point out that owners of the basic game will be able to try out Forsaken’s new Gambit mode for free when that enjoys a free weekend between November 9 and 11. 

Clearly, the offer is intended to attract new players and entice them to buy Destiny 2’s DLC. But since Forsaken, in particular, marks an impressive change-up for the multiplayer FPS, we reckon that’s fair enough. For further information, head to Destiny 2’s website.