Destiny 2 is on the verge of full cross-play between all platforms

    
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If you’ve stuck it out with Destiny 2 for this long with the hopes that one day you might be united with your friends on other platforms, then get ready for the biggest party this side of the solar system. Bungie said that full cross-play is just about here — and that it will be amazing.

“In Season 15, cross-play comes to life. Guardians across Xbox, PlayStation, PC, and Stadia will be able to join fireteams to take on the darkness together. Boundaries will be broken and new friendships will be forged – no matter the platform,” the studio said.

Did you hear that, you two Stadia players? You’ll have friends now!

Bungie outlined all of the changes that are coming to make cross-play functional, including a cross save system, a new naming format (called “Bungie Name”), a naming filter pass, an expanded friends list, a way to search for friends, improved team invites, text chat on consoles, USB support for consoles, and PvP that’ll be segregated between console and PC.

Destiny 2 won’t initially support voice chat between platforms, as the studio has run into “late-breaking issues” that is holding this feature back.

Source: Bungie
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BelflowerShaun

I personally really hope they have a way to disable PVE matchmaking if I wanted to play with Xbox or PC on my PlayStation 5 I would get on either my PC or an Xbox. I know there’s a lot of people excited for this cuz they want to play with the friends on other consoles but I personally am not so I really hope there’s a button to shut off matchmaking PC all together.

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Vanquesse V

“It is possible that due to removing these characters, players will end up with empty names, or names that result in offensive terms. If your name ends up empty or includes a moderated term, you will find the quite unremarkable “Guardian[Random Number]” name over your character’s head. While we won’t have a name change feature at launch, we are working diligently to get you an early version of this feature this winter.”

That sounds crazy

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Arktouros

Not going to lie man there have been some crazy ass names from the Steam Crowd. I can’t even repeat them here cause my post will end up moderated haha.

I do hope “Savathun’s Only Fans” gets to keep their name though.

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Vanquesse V

I just think it’s crazy they tell us we might be stuck with a generic name for at least 3 months, but don’t tell us the process for when and how that name is settled on. Are they just gonna pick our steam name at some point in time or is there more to this?

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Arktouros

My understanding is your Bungie account is going to default to whatever platform you log into. So if I log in on Steam mine would default to SteamName#number where if I log into Xbox it’d be that name instead.

So you could preset your SteamName to whatever upfront, get that name, then change it back to whatever degenerate thing you may have it as after the fact.

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Vanquesse V

That makes sense. Just weird that they’re specific with their warning of what could “go wrong” but not how to avoid it

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IronSalamander8 .

While I don’t play this game, I do like the trend of multi-platform crossplay becoming the norm. I believe it’s part of why BfN didn’t go do as well as it could have; it lacks crossplay. How to balance it with PC players like me and console players is something I’m unsure of, but I love the idea of having all players of a game in the same pool so there will be more lobbies for more game modes and we won’t be divided so much.

Not sure with the Destiny games, but I know hackers are an issue in GW2, and had one in a TT lobby last night, (BfN has an actual anti-cheat), and apparently are big in games like Siege as well, so that’s something devs have to take seriously, as it’s far easier to cheat on PC than console.

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Arktouros

They balance the modes by basically making anything remotely competitive not be matchmade cross platform like this. So like Crucible (PvP), Gambit (PvEvP), etc all won’t be matchmade against each other. However PvE activities like strikes or world zones will be fine. Hackers are a super huge issue for Destiny 2 and plague all the various competitive play lists especially Trials (their top 3v3 PvP mode). Could not imagine playing that on a console vs PC. Thus if there’s more cheating on PC (there absolutely is) they don’t get at the Console guys.

Destiny 2 is really ahead of the game on all this. Not only is it cross play, but it’s also cross progress. So if I want to play on PC I can and then swap over to my Xbox Series X it’s all the same account/progress. To me that’s where the future is being able to get a game and then just play your same game/progress regardless of what device hardware you want to play it on.

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IronSalamander8 .

Thanks for the info, and I like the idea of keeping your progress cross-platform too. Something you can’t do in the 3 current PvZ shooters unfortunately.

If/When we get a new PvZ shooter, and it should have crossplay, I’m curious if they can make the PvP fair between console and PC as that’s the biggest focus of the games; the various PvP modes. The console populations are supposedly larger (I don’t have actual data, but judging by posts on the forums and the Reddit, as well as YouTuber’s info, it’s indeed true), so they get better lobbies for the less played modes as the PC community focuses on Turf Takeover (Gardens and Graveyards only in GW1), which while my favorite mode, isn’t the only mode I want to play, so having mixed lobbies would be best for other modes like Gnome Bomb and Suburbination, presuming they can get hackers under control and deal with the controller vs. Keyboard and mouse differences.

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Arktouros

I think this video very well summarizes the problem and shows it in detail.

The simple fact of the matter is the mobility for console players having to dual-stick move their character and their camera is just far too slow to keep up with the control afforded by mouse (camera) and keyboard (movement).

Don’t think there’s really any way to solve for this.

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IronSalamander8 .

Yeah, as someone who has tried both, I find trying to play a shooter (first or third person), far easier with KB+M, and couldn’t come up with a way to solve it, but I’ve not tried to analyze it in great detail either.

Way back when I played a ton of Goldeneye on my N64, and was ok with that, but when I went to PC and played shooters there heavily, I never went back to controller barring recently trying it in BfN since I do know a couple PC players that use controller, and hated it. I keep my controllers mostly for arcade style games where mouse controls aren’t as good.

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Vanquesse V

Small clarification: You can make a cross platform fireteam, but as long as there’s 1 pc player in the group, you’ll get pc matchmaking.