30 Jul 2021 10:58 AM +00:00

Destiny 2 Cross-Play Detailed For Season 15

Destiny 2's Season 15 is just around the corner, and one of the most anticipated features it'll bring is the addition of Cross-Play. While Destiny 2 players have enjoyed cross-save for some time, they'll now be able to partner up with friends on other platforms.

Bungie's latest blog post has delved deep into what's coming, including what will support cross-platform play, what will carry over, and more.

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Destiny 2 Cross-Play Detailed For Season 15

Cross-play will be available between PlayStation, Xbox, PC and Stadia players, as was tested in a prior beta.

Players will now use a unified identifier that the team is calling the 'Bungie Name', which will save players using a variety of names and digits to track their friends.

This will result in plenty of the comical Steam names using irregular characters being removed, which we'll miss for the novelty alone, but it's to make everyone easier to find. Names will also be moderated.

Name changes won't be coming for a while, so you'll want to log in with your preferred platform name from the start of Season 15.

A screenshot from a Destiny 2 developer build showing the 'Roster' page with new Bungie Names added as player identifiers.
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Here's how to add 'Bungie Friends', according to the blog post:

  • Log into Destiny 2 on a device where you want to turn platform friends into Bungie Friends, and then issue requests via our Roster screen.
  • Search for your friends using player search on the Invite screen.
  • Use Bungie.net friends finder, where you can link all of your platforms, and then issue Bungie Friends requests to all your platform friends.
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Here's the rub, though. In PvE, players will be able to link up regardless of platform. So you can play Strikes, Raids, or seasonal content like Override with players on all platforms.

For anything involving PvP, including Crucible, Trials of Osiris and Gambit, PC players will be matched with PC players, and console players will match with console players.

If you've got a Fireteam with even one PC player, you'll be matched against only PC players, so beware.

Interestingly, it appears Stadia players can match with console players - despite having mouse and keyboard functionality available.

If you are planning to run Vault of Glass or the Prophecy dungeon with a cross-platform party, be warned - there will be no cross-platform voice chat at launch, so you'll need to rely on a third-party option like Discord.

As for what's next, Bungie explained that voice chat will follow Season 15's launch, and that come Winter we can expect text chat on console, and text input through USB keyboards.