Destiny 2 on Stadia is awesome, and the game I’ve played most on Stadia. You have the best of both worlds, the lack of cheaters seen on PC, and the ability to use a keyboard and mouse as well as controller. However, one prevalent issue has been the playerbase, which isn’t exactly the best. In PvP for instance, if you’re not playing Control or Iron Banner when it’s up you’ll have great difficulty finding a game.
Fortunately, we have known for a while that Bungie are planning to add cross-play to Destiny 2. In fact we found out in the recent huge The Road to Witch Queen blog post that, as well as many improvements to progression, gear and PvP, that we’ll be receiving cross-play in Season 15 for the masses. Season 15 is likely to release around August/September.
They also gave us some insight into how cross-play will work, namely with PvP and PC. Mouse and Keyboard on PC is very much king, which puts consoles in jeopardy when playing against PC, so consoles will have to be invited by a PC player to play with other PC players. This raises questions on whether Stadia will have the same system, though we’ll have to find out later. Still, queues will be significantly reduced as you’ll still be able to play with console players, and with everyone in PvE activities.
Since the blog post there has been a potential further development. Bear in mind that this is nothing that Bungie have confirmed, and could lead to nothing.
As discovered by Tom Warren (https://twitter.com/tomwarren/status/1373058744788090886?s=20), senior editor at Verge and avid Destiny 2 player, Bungie seem to be doing some testing between Stadia and PC. This includes seeing Steam friends in Stadia and being able to inspect their gear and activities. I have yet to see this happening on other platforms, which leads me to some speculation which I am not completely confident in but will share anyway to extend the length of this article and sound like a really cool prophet if this comes true.
Now, in the previously mentioned Bungie blog post, they say that cross-play is coming to the masses in fall in season 15, and that they’ll be doing insider and alpha rollouts in season 14. It also seems that the Stadia version of Destiny 2 is based more on PC than console. So, I can’t help but wonder if perhaps cross-play may potentially come to Stadia before PC. Probably not, but a guardian can dream can’t they?
Nonetheless, I’m very excited to finally be able to fully ditch the Xbox version of Destiny 2 and still play with all my friends. Also being able to matchmake would be rather nice!
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