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When is crossplay coming to Destiny 2? Everything we know

Published: 30/Jul/2021 3:40 Updated: 30/Jul/2021 3:41

by Brad Norton

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Crossplay is finally coming to Bungie’s popular Destiny franchise as players across all platforms will soon be able to join one another. Here’s everything there is to know about crossplay in Destiny 2, including details on the recent beta test.

As one of the biggest ongoing games out there, Destiny has captured the attention of millions around the globe. However, since the franchise kicked off in 2014, players have been separated by their choice of hardware.

Whether you’re on PC, Xbox, PlayStation, or even Stadia, you’ve always been limited to playing with others on that platform. Moving forward, Bungie is set to lift these limitations and allow gamers to come together in Destiny 2.

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From how crossplay will work to when it all goes live, here’s what you need to know.

When is crossplay arriving in Destiny 2?

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After plenty of teasers along the way, and even an early test, Destiny 2 crossplay is finally set to launch in Season 15. “Guardians across Xbox, PlayStation, PC, and Stadia will be able to join fireteams to take on the Darkness together,” Bungie confirmed in a July 29 blog post.

No set date is yet locked in for the Season 15 launch. However, a major showcase has been confirmed for August 24. It’s entirely likely this broadcast gives us a solid release date for the upcoming season and thus, crossplay.

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When did the Destiny 2 crossplay beta start?

After years of speculation, Bungie finally confirmed Destiny 2 is getting crossplay in a February 11 blog post. However, in a follow-up post, they confirmed that the first step was to be a small beta test between May 25 and May 27.

“From May 25 through May 27, a unique Vanguard Strikes Crossplay Beta playlist will be available to all players in Destiny 2. You’ll be matchmade with Guardians playing on PlayStation, Xbox, Steam, and Stadia.”

“As you fight through the enemy waves of Darkness, our teams will be scouring data and performing a multitude of actions to test the integrity of our upcoming Crossplay system.”

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After that, crossplay is officially slated to arrive in Season 15, which is expected to launch sometime in Q4 2021. But only after sufficient “internal rollouts and alpha tests” are successfully completed in the current season, including the beta test.

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Raid-ready Fireteams could soon comprise of players from all platforms.

Gamers across all platforms currently supported by Destiny 2 will soon be able to jump in and play together. This means Xbox, PlayStation, PC, and Stadia users will all be free to mingle with one another. There are no set limitations on who can and can’t join a Fireteam.

Guardians on PlayStation can form a team with a Stadia player, while PC gamers can invite Xbox owners directly into their lobby. No combination is off-limits. “You’ll be able to play with all your friends no matter what platform you call home,” Bungie confirmed.

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How will crossplay work in Destiny 2?

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Console Guardians will be forced into PC lobbies if they want to play with PC friends.

No different from how you would normally invite friends on your current platform of choice, crossplay will let you bring over friends in from all over. 

All activities, all Destinations, and all future content will seemingly be accessible by mixed Fireteams. One key area that might raise some eyebrows is PVP. Though Bungie clarified that console and PC players won’t be joining each other in the Crucible by default.

Instead, PC players will need to “specifically invite console friends to play with them in the PC Crucible pools.”

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Bungie Names will keep your identity consistent across all platforms moving forward.

When it comes to the launch of crossplay, everyone will have to set a new name in Destiny 2. This will be known as your ‘Bungie Name’ and serve as a universal name across all platforms. Therefore, if you play for a few hours on console, then jump over to PC later on, your Bungie Name will keep everything in order.

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These Bungie Names will be generated automatically at launch based on your current name. However, the devs are looking into a universal name changer tool to launch later in the year.

Once Bungie Names take effect, Bungie Friends will also take over. This will be a new way to keep track of your friends playing across different platforms, allowing you invite teammates with ease, regardless of where they might be playing.

As Season 15 draws near, we’ll be sure to update you here with any further information.