Prior to this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo held in Los Angeles, developer Bungie alongside Google announced that Destiny 2 will be launching with the approaching stream-based platform, Stadia. Disclosing that the game will launch as part of the Founder’s Edition for free when Stadia drops later this November as well as announcing that cross-save will be implemented so players do not have to replay and earn loot for the new platform.
This can’t just be me, but seeing that the cross-save feature will be present on the streaming platform, it would seem likely that the chances of cross-play would be highly likely to make an appearance this time around, but I guess not. Looking towards the Destiny 2 FAQ regarding Fall 2019’s plans, cross-play isn’t part of the deal.
Reading in on the cross-save segment of the post, it reveals that cross-play will not be available between competing platforms as “each platform will have its own matchmaking pool.” Then specifying on Google’s coming platform, the FAQ clarifies that despite Stadia being its own “ecosystem” just like PlayStation or Xbox, cross-play will not be any different.
Stadia is its own ecosystem, just like current existing platforms. Stadia players will only be able to play with other Stadia players.
Especially as seeing that Stadia is advertised to push players to jump in any game either through a Chrome-supported PC, television, or device, this does leave a unfortunate taste in fans who might have been anticipating cross-play to drop for the approaching platform.
For the full overview of Google’s Stadia this coming November, check here for everything from games, services, and pre-order details.
Destiny 2 is available now for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.
Source: Destiny 2 FAQ