Just a while ago, we learned that cross-play support will be coming to Destiny 2: Shadowkeep. Players will be able to jump between Google Stadia, PlayStation 4, PC, and Xbox One versions of Destiny 2 without losing their progress in the game. But Bungie has now revealed that cross-save functionality between different ports won’t be available right away.
In a recent Q&A posted to its official site, Bungie explained that Destiny 2: Shadowkeep cross-play between PC, consoles, and Stadia won’t be available until Stadia’s fall 2020 release date approaches.
Q: Will Stadia feature cross-play with Steam or other platforms?
A: Stadia is its own ecosystem, just like current existing platforms. Stadia players will only be able to play with other Stadia players.
That being said, it does not mean that Destiny 2 players will never get cross-play between Stadia and other consoles in the future. In fact, Destiny’s Mark Noseworthy recently revealed that cross-play between Stadia and other systems is a possibility for the future.
We’ve already mentioned that we’d love to bring cross-play to Destiny 2. There’s no policy or technological barrier preventing us from including Stadia. We’d be looking to include every platform. This year though, we’re focused on delivering cross save to all platforms.
However, in a separate interview with Jason Schreier, Luke Smith from Bungie’s creative leadership team and Mark Noseworthy mentioned cross-play as something they eventually want to see in Destiny 2.
It seems Noseworthy and Bungie’s Q&A are contradicting one and other. The Q/A suggests that there is a technological limitation since “Stadia is its own ecosystem”. On the other hand, Noseworthy says there is “no technological barrier” stopping Bungie from adding Destiny 2 cross-play support between Stadia and other systems.
So what is the reality then?
Granted the game runs on the developer’s central servers, but that doesn’t mean there won’t be complications. The truth is that cross-play is not that simple to even begin with. The complication arises when we’re dealing with multiple different ports of the same game. Each port is designed differently, each with a different kind of code for its files. And each console or machine runs the game in its own unique environment.
This is something Bungie explained a bit about Destiny 2’s cross-save functionality in the Out of the Shadows ViDoc and through a small page on their website.
However, as pointed out by Noseworthy, Bungie is currently focused on bringing cross-save in Destiny 2 that will allow players to save their progress no matter what system they are playing on. So if they are playing on Xbox One, PS4, PC, or Stadia, their progress will be synced and carry on to the other device.
There are a couple of things to note about Destiny 2’s cross-save support though. Players won’t be able to merge multiple accounts from multiple devices together. Players will have to keep one main dominant account.
Destiny 2: Shadowkeep also hasn’t come out yet just like Stadia, both have a fall 2020 release date. However, cross-save functionality will be available later this summer as mentioned on their website.
If you want to stay up to date regarding cross-play and cross-save support in Destiny 2, you can sign up email notifications through Bungie’s website.