From matchmaking to UI design, Bungie unveiled a breadth of new details about their long-awaited crossplay feature coming soon to Destiny 2 in Season 15.
On July 29, Bungie released their latest blog post to go more in-depth on Destiny 2's upcoming crossplay features that will finally allow players to buddy up and compete with other Guardians across Xbox, PlayStation, PC, and Stadia for the first time.
As previously announced months ago, crossplay is set to officially arrive in Destiny 2 early on into Season 15, which launches Aug. 24. What we now know, however, is that although the feature will first drop with its core functions, additional improvements for it are already planned to come to the social experience leading up to The Witch Queen.
Upon Destiny 2's initial crossplay launch, all Guardians will undergo a one-time naming reshuffle, similar to the system that's used in games such as Valorant, where players have a display name and a numeric ID hashtag.
When players log in for the first time to play Season 15, the name on whatever platform they log in on will become their Bungie Name. As such, players should begin thinking about what name they’d like to use since name changes won’t be available, at least early on.
Names that don't comply with Bungie's character filtration and offensive term moderation process will be stripped (e.g. “Guardian[Random Number]”) so that console players will be able to search for them (aka no more extended character set support for those on Steam).
There will be three ways to add friends from different platforms once crossplay launches:
- Log into Destiny 2 on a device where you want to turn platform friends into Bungie Friends, and then issue requests via the 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.
For now, Destiny 2's crossplay matchmaking approach will be as follows:
- For PvE modes, there will be one global matchmaking pool.
- PC players will match with other PC players.
- Console players (includes Stadia) will match with other console players.
- Fireteams with any combination of PC players and console players will match in the PC player pool.
Lastly, missing at the launch of crossplay unfortunately will be voice chat between platforms.
Additionally, while text chat will still be available in its full capacity for Steam players, those on console will be on read-only mode, with in-game USB keyboard support for console coming soon. Bungie made sure to add that "USB keyboards on consoles will only be for chat and will not be able to control your character."