Bungie's online multiplayer first-person shooter, Destiny 2, has evolved a lot ever since its release four years ago. During that time several expansion packs and seasons have been added, in addition to the base game going 'free-to-play.'
One might wonder, in this current era of all the latest games supporting cross-platform and cross-gen, how is Destiny 2 going to cope up with that? Well, as of now, we don't exactly have cross-play, but something Bungie calls Cross saves.
What Is Cross Save?
Cross saves is a handy feature that lets you play the same three Guardians on whatever platform you choose. Upon activation of cross save, you will be able to access your weapons, ornaments, gears and even season passes on other platforms.
For example, if you are mainly a PlayStation 4 player, you can log in to an Xbox One and access all your content on it. The same goes for PC players, as you can switch to the game on PC through Steam and have access to all your content there, provided you have activated cross save. Specific instructions on how to activate this feature can be found here.
It's important to note that you'll be able to access all your content on multiple platforms, except expansion packs.
Expansion packs are content that are often directly responsible for the majority of game publishers' profits. The platform owners, too, earn quite well from the deals they make through these expansion packs. It is very much likely that the expansion packs are not carried over via cross save for this very reason, as the platform owners might not want to share that revenue with others.
Unfortunately, this prompts you to buy all the expansion packs should you decide to switch platforms permanently. Destiny 2 and all of its expansions are going to be added to Xbox Game Pass, including the new Beyond Light expansion released on November 10, 2020. So if anyone of you is planning to switch to Xbox, now is the perfect time for you to save some money.
Will Destiny 2 Support Cross-play?
The question of whether or not Destiny 2 will support cross-play is still not confirmed. However, Bungie has at least indicated that they are interested in introducing cross-play soon.
Cross play is definitely something we're interested in exploring more in the future.
— Bungie (@Bungie) November 7, 2019
They haven't given any official dates, but with the imminent release of the next generation of consoles, we speculate that the cross-play feature will be made available early to mid 2021.
Bungie's targeted platforms include the PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, Google Stadia, and PC. They intend to release an inter-platform feature before the end of 2020, so that is not far away. Inter-platform means that Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S players will be able to play together. Similarly, PS4 players will be able to play with their counterparts on PS5. While it may not seem much to some, it's better than nothing and still represents some technical challenges. So it's definitely a step in the right direction.
Destiny 2 & New Consoles
If you already play Destiny 2 on a PS4 or Xbox One and are wondering how the transition or upgrade from previous-gen consoles to the next-gen consoles will occur, don't worry. Bungie has confirmed that players will be able to migrate all of their purchased content, including the expansions, season passes, and more.
The upgrade on PlayStation will be made free. On Xbox, it will be a system feature through, thanks to Xbox's new Smart Delivery system that lets you play across both platforms (i.e. Xbox One and Series X|S) with a single purchase.