Destiny 2 developer Bungie has published a Fall 2019 FAQ for the game this week, which amidst other helpful updates notes that Stadia players will only be able to play with other Stadia players when the game launches on the streaming service later this year.
Naturally, early adopters are fairly miffed at this news given that the player base will most certainly be limited to the (questionably sized) Stadia ecosystem at launch.
In a quote-tweet of PC Gamer’s article on the news, Destiny General Manager Mark Noseworthy had this to say…
“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.”
So at the moment, Cross-Save is more of a focus for Bungie over cross play, though the concept isn’t totally off the table! Cross-Save means that Stadia players will be able to use their Destiny 2 account in the Stadia version of the game, though they won’t be able to play with the friends they previously played with on console or PC.
It’s an interesting decision, especially given that Destiny 2 looks to be Stadia’s flagship launch game at the moment – purchasing a subscription gives you Destiny 2: The Collection which includes the base game and its many expansions.
It’s already quite confusing – especially now that the game has gone free to play and will arrive on Steam. Whether this will be an issue or not is a question to be answered when the streaming service launches in November of this year.
At the very least, we now know that Stadia won’t cause any problems for crossplay when Bungie get round to working on it in the near future. Google Stadia is currently set to launch in November 2019, with Destiny 2: The Collection in tow.