Destiny 2, one of the first entirely free-to-play games on Stadia, is gaining full cross-play support sometime next year.
Since launch, Destiny 2 has been one of the premier games on Stadia, being included with Stadia Pro for a full year, then becoming the streaming service’s first free-to-play game. We’ve mentioned before that Destiny 2 on Stadia has the unique advantage of making it impossible to cheat, but that was unfortunately outweighed by the severe lack of players in less popular matchmaking playlists.
While a few thousand players could be argued to be more than enough to sustain a community, that unfortunately just doesn’t ring true for all games. Destiny 2, for example, has over five different “playlists” just for its PvP mode, Crucible, each using separate matchmaking pools. The lack of players leads to longer matchmaking times, which pushes players to exclusively play more populated playlists like Control.
Earlier this year, Bungie mentioned in passing that full cross-play for Destiny 2 was something they would like to do, but that cross-generational play — for example, putting PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 players together — would need to come first. With that feature now finished, the developers are turning their attention to the future.
Today, Bungie put out an extensive “Dev Update” in which they formally announced that full cross-play would arrive for Destiny 2 sometime in 2021. With full cross-play, Destiny 2 players on Stadia, PC, Xbox, and PlayStation will all be able to play together, which should help boost the player base and fill out the less popular modes. For now, they didn’t share any specifics of how cross-play would work, such as how to get into a lobby with a friend from another platform.
Alongside the cross-play announcement, Bungie teased a variety of other long-awaited enhancements for Destiny 2 on all platforms, coming in the next two seasons. The most exciting of these is a full “transmogrification” system to let your Guardian’s appearance not be completely tied to whichever pieces of armor have the best stats.
- Transmog will be coming with Season 14. More details to come. (See work-in-progress screen captures, below. Not final, may change!)
- DDOS protection for Destiny 2 players on all consoles will be coming in Season 13.
- The Vault of Glass raid returns.
- Crossplay is coming in 2021.
- Two strikes (Fallen S.A.B.E.R. and Devil’s Lair) are coming to Destiny 2 in Season 13.
- Legendary and Master Lost Sector rotation will be expanded to include the Lost Sectors on the Moon in Season 13, and there will be new three new pieces of Exotic armor to chase.
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