Bungie once wanted to enable the cross-platform transfer of Destiny 2 characters but the idea was solely killed by Sony. This information was delivered by Jason Schreier during this week’s Kotaku Splitscreen podcast.
You can witness Schreier say it here (at 57 minutes). While discussing Bungie’s separation from Activision, Schreier revealed that the developer wanted to make character transfer a reality but Sony rejected the idea due to the exclusivity deal. This happened before the release of Forsaken expansion last year.
Here’s what he said:
I heard that Bungie wanted to do character transfers for PS4, PC – before Forsaken came out – but Sony wouldn’t allow it. Sony is just like, we want people to associate Destiny with PS4, even if that means screwing over other players. It sucks and hopefully Bungie ends it.
That’s some unluck for Destiny series fans as it would have allowed PS4 players to play with same characters on the PC version of the game or vice versa.
It’s not the first time Sony has done such a selfish move, hurting players on other platforms. Similar things have been said about Sony Interactive Entertainment in the past too. Games like Fortnite, Rocket League and Minecraft faced similar issues with the Japanese giant.
It took years until Sony boss Shawn Layden went on to say that “we are looking at a lot of the possibilities”. Afterward which we saw Fortnite cross-play being enabled on PS4.
Microsoft’s Mike Yabbara has also commented on the cross-platform topic by saying that Sony is not listening to the gamers, which is an unusual thing coming from a rival.
However, it confirms that the deal between Bungie and Sony remains intact despite Activision walking out. But since Bungie is in now full control of Destiny 2, we can expect them to change things in the future by putting players first instead of favoring a platform.
The revelation will definitely bring some heat to Sony especially after the recent arrival of Wavesplitter weapon in Destiny 2. The weapon was supposed to only arrive on PlayStation 4 but slipped out to Xbox One and PC due to a bug. Wavesplitter was removed soon as the bug was found and players who purchased it were left disappointed. Unfortunately, it’s going to stay this way until September when the weapon officially arrives on all platforms.
Let’s just hope that Sony allows this feature in Destiny 3 which is rumored to arrive in 2020 and on PlayStation 5.
Destiny 2 is available to play on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.