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.

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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.

Bungie talks Destiny 2 on PS5, Xbox Series X, and cross-generation multiplayer

"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.

As well as this initial announcement, during a blog post timed with the release of Destiny 2 on PS5 and Xbox Series in December 2020, Bungie reiterated its plans for crossplay in 2021.

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.

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.


In Season of the Chosen, you can take on the Presage quest and find Captain's Logs, obtain the Hammer of Proving and earn Cabal Gold, helping you increase your War Table reputation. There are also the usual new additions to Exotics, a max level cap, as well as the Aspect of Influence quest and new pursuit weapon Salvager's Salvo. If you're still catching up with Beyond Light, make sure you pick up Salvation's Grip, The Lament, Hawkmoon - which can be improved further with the Harbinger quest - and Augment Triumphs. As well as XP farm and Glimmer farm advice, looking to the year ahead, we explain everything we know about Destiny 2 crossplay and transmog.


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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