Destiny 2 crossplay plans detailed: How inter-generational crossplay will work

How to play with Guardians on other systems than your own in the future.

Destiny 2 crossplay has been a long requested feature by the fans - allowing for the ability to play with other Guardians regardless of their system of choice - whether they're on PlayStation, Xbox, PC or Stadia.

2019's introduction of Destiny 2 cross saves is a step in the right direction, allowing you to take your progress to a platform of your choice, but you are then still tied to playing with others on that system.

The arrival of Destiny 2 on PS5 and Xbox Series brings this reality a little closer with the introduction of inter-generational crossplay, while Bungie has said full crossplay could be next - hopefully sooner than later.

This page explains everything you need to know about crossplay in Destiny 2 - both what is becoming available before the end of 2020, and beyond.

Will Destiny 2 offer crossplay between PlayStation, Xbox, PC and Stadia?

Crossplay was finally something Bungie could comment on with the news of PS5 and Xbox Series versions of Destiny 2 coming.

As well as confirming intergenerational cross-play for 2020 - more on that in the next section - Bungie said it is looking into crossplay across all systems in 2021.

"This year we're focused on inter-generational play, hopefully next year we can finally do the thing, and get them playing together in the same ecosystem," general manager Mark Noseworthy explained.

Crossplay in Destiny 2 is coming some time after other service games - such as Fortnite in 2018, Minecraft in 2019 and Apex Legends in 2020 - but since it's an older game, it's possible more had to be lined up in the backend for this to work.

It'll likely work in a similar fashion to these other games, where they rely on a unified log-in (in these examples, an Epic account on Fortnite, a Microsoft account with Minecraft and Origin account on Apex Legends) so the game knows who is online across different platforms.

Thankfully for Destiny, the ground work has already been laid with its own Bungie.net account - which is how we imagine this will work.

It should be noted Bungie did not fully commit to crossplay in 2021 - it's possible it could slip - but confirmation that it's on the radar will be welcome news to many players.

Until then - remember to take advantage of Destiny 2 cross save support, especially if you're switching from PlayStation to Xbox (or vice versa) when next-gen arrives, so you can continue your progress unimpeded.


Currently active is the Festival of the Lost event, which features Cipher Decoders, and coincided with the end of the Interference quest. Looking ahead to Year 4 and beyond, we explain all Destiny 2 PS5 and Xbox Series upgrade details, as well as Destiny 2 crossplay and transmog. Season of Arrivals has introduced new Exotics, including Traveler's Chosen and Ruinous Effigy, as well as new Powerful and Pinnacle Gear sources. Elsewhere in Year 3 we saw the introduction of Armor 2.0 and K1 Logistics, K1 Revelation, K1 Crew Quarters and K1 Communion locations. There are also several new weapon quests, including the Deathbringer quest, Divinity quest, Leviathan's Breath quest and Xenophage quest. We also have an explainer on Destiny 2 cross save support.


How will Destiny 2's inter-generational cross-play work?

Destiny 2's PS5 and Xbox Series version brings with it a few extra benefits - and of course, challenges on how to keep progress and ownership of their purchases as they migrate from one system to the next.

How this works is simple - if you are staying in the same family of consoles (PS4 to PS5, or Xbox One to Xbox Series X / S) then everything you own, from expansions to annual passes and Silver, will come with you.

The same also applies to friends and multiplayer. Within each console ecosystem, players can still interact with one another - adding each other to parties and playing the same games - meaning if your friend is on a different console that's also a PlayStation or Xbox, you can still play with them.

As with Destiny 2 currently, they (should) show up in the in-game roster regardless of PlayStation or Xbox generation - so you'll simply join or add them to your fireteam as normal.

The only possible difference would be to load times; with next-gen consoles offering much faster loading, it's likely all players will match those of the slowest console speed (i.e. the PS4 and Xbox One generation).

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