Today, Bungie unveiled its grander scheme for Destiny 2, both in the short-term with a new expansion coming this fall and farther out. Part of that was identifying how Destiny 2 will tackle the next generation of consoles, and specifically, cross-play.
During the reveal today, Bungie confirmed that along with supproting next-gen upgrades like Smart Delivery for players through Beyond Light, Destiny 2 would be coming to next-gen consoles. It will also have intergenerational crossplay, meaning Xbox One players can play with Series X players and PS4 with PS5.
In terms of full crossplay, across all platforms that Destiny 2 is available on, that feature is still in the works. While cross-save is available, allowing your character and content to travel across platforms, Destiny 2 players still can't fully play with others on separate platforms. In a follow-up Q+A today with Twitch streamer Dr. Lupo, Destiny 2 director Luke Smith confirmed that crossplay is a target for Bungie moving forward into the new year.
"We've been signalling crossplay for a while," said Smith. "We had some other technical priorities this year, and we want to move on to that next. We want to be that single evolving world, and that means that you can play anytime, anywhere with your friends, and that Destiny 2 is the platform."
Smith also confirmed that full crossplay entails Xbox, PlayStation, PC, and Google Stadia. He didn't specify whether this meant both current and next-gen PlayStation and Xbox hardware, however.
The push for Destiny 2 as a platform mirrors statements earlier this year from Epic's Tim Sweeney, who talked about breaking down the "walled garden" of console platforms during the Unreal Engine 5 reveal. "To really enable the next generation of industry growth, we've got to be able to connect all of these users with all of these friends, and set aside kind of the old feuds that defined previous generations of console business," said Sweeney.
Destiny 2 has already made one significant strive in cross-save capabilities. It's not hard to imagine crossplay is next, especially with other high-profile games like Call of Duty starting to do the same. Destiny 2: Beyond Light arrives on September 22, 2020.