Destiny 2 and its Beyond Light expansion will soon be getting cross-gen play for PS5 and Xbox Series X, but when is Bungie adding true crossplay?
Bungie’s release of Destiny 2: Beyond Light on the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S marks the first time the game can be played together with friends across multiple platforms, as players on PS5 can play with PS4 owners (and Xbox Series X|S with Xbox One). But true Destiny 2 crossplay between console families and PC is still further down the timeline.
Since the launch of the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X, Destiny 2 has been playable across current- and previous-generation consoles via backwards compatibility. An upcoming update will make the PS5 and Xbox versions truly “next-gen,” with support for 60 fps, 4K resolution, a field of view slider, and faster load times. Since Destiny 2 is free to play, this upgrade will be free, and players who own the game’s expansions will not have to purchase them again.
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The upgraded versions will also continue to be playable across generations with players on PS4 and Xbox One. Those hoping to play the game with friends in entirely different console ecosystems, however – for example, a person on PS5 playing with someone on Xbox One or PC – will have to wait.
Bungie Hopes To Give Destiny 2 True Crossplay “Next Year”
In Bungie’s June 2020 Destiny 2: Beyond Light reveal stream, general manager Mark Noseworthy said the team is “focused on intergenerational play” this year, but that “hopefully next year we can finally do the thing and get [players] playing together in the same ecosystem,” indicating the developer has its sights on true crossplay next. It’s not entirely clear if he meant 2021 or Destiny 2‘s Year 5 when he said “next year,” but given he said this when Destiny 2 was still in Year 3, it’s likely fans will get more concrete news about crossplay sometime in 2021.
Luckily, unlike earlier crossplay games like Fortnite, Bungie faces less challenges in making Destiny 2 playable across console families. In late 2019, Sony opened up crossplay to all developers, ending a long period of only allowing the feature in select games like Rocket League. That said, while Bungie won’t have to deal with console manufacturer restrictions, Destiny 2‘s ever-changing, always online world has led to technical problems in the past, so cross-platform play is likely more complicated than flipping a switch. Destiny 2‘s recent content vaulting was implemented specifically to address its bloating size, though, so hopefully things are now easier to work with in the game’s backend.
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Destiny 2: Beyond Light‘s PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S versions launch on December 8, 2020.
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