Destiny 2 developer Bungie revealed a complete lot of details about the sport’s upcoming crossplay assist in a blog post on Thursday afternoon. Let’s get this out of the way in which first: Bungie nonetheless doesn’t have a precise date for when you’ll be capable of play with your mates on different platforms, however the studio guarantees the characteristic will launch “early” in Season 15, which is expected to kick off on August 24th.
Season 15 will additionally convey an vital change to make sure you have a persistent id throughout platforms for crossplay: a new Bungie Identify system. Your Bungie Identify will be generated primarily based on the identify related to the platform you play Season 15 on first, and will look one thing like PlayerName#1234. You will get a higher idea of how it will look in-game on this screenshot:
A preview of Bungie Names in Destiny 2.
Bungie won’t have a identify change characteristic out there on the launch of crossplay — that’s not anticipated till the winter. So be sure to first play Season 15 on the platform with the identify you need related along with your Bungie Identify.
The studio will run names by means of a moderation course of to assist forestall offensive phrases from slipping by means of and says that characters in names that “we’re unable to show within the recreation or that may’t be typed into the participant search field through console digital keyboards” will be stripped.
Bungie additionally mentioned how gamers throughout completely different platforms will be matched up on the launch of crossplay. For PvE modes, “there will be one international matchmaking pool,” Bungie says, however for aggressive modes (Crucible, Iron Banner, Trials, and Gambit), matchmaking will break down like this:
- PC gamers will match with PC gamers
- Console gamers will match with console gamers — and, notably, Stadia gamers, who can use mouse and keyboard
- Fireteams with any mixture of PC and console gamers will be matched with different PC gamers
This strategy at launch could change sooner or later, nevertheless — Bungie says that it “won’t be the reply endlessly.”
One lacking characteristic at launch will be voice chat between platforms, Bungie stated. “We’ve run into some late-breaking points with improvement and are at the moment engaged on ensuring this expertise is prepared earlier than transport it reside,” in keeping with Bungie. The corporate thought of delaying crossplay to verify the characteristic was included, however has opted as an alternative to launch with out it and add it in an replace “focused for shortly after Cross Play goes reside.”
Bungie particulars a lot extra about crossplay in its newest weblog, and for those who’re serious about studying extra, I recommend taking a jiffy to read the whole thing.
Bungie confirmed in December that Destiny 2 could be getting crossplay in 2021. However in Could, some gamers bought to strive it out early when the studio unintentionally turned the characteristic on for some gamers — a loophole the corporate eventually closed. There was additionally (*2*).