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Does Destiny 2 have cross-play or cross-progression?

The short answer? Yes

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With Destiny 2: Lightfall bringing all sorts of folks into the mix, including former long-timers and lapsed players, it’s understandable that some people have forgotten what Destiny 2 actually supports at this point. Here’s a quick rundown of all of the cross-play and cross-save systems present in Destiny 2.

Does Destiny 2 have cross-play? (FAQ)

Destiny 2 does support cross-play, with limitations. If you’re just looking at matchmaking, “non-competitive activities and game modes, such as Strikes and social spaces, will matchmake across all available platforms and will not be separated into distinct pools,” according to Bungie.

To play with people you know, you may need to register other players as “Bungie Friends” here.

Do PC players and console players play together in Destiny 2 PVP?

As for competitive play, Bungie has an informative breakdown of their stance on it here: “Competitive game modes such as Gambit and Crucible playlists will be divided into two matchmaking pools, one for console players (PlayStation, Xbox, and Stadia) and one for PC players. If a console player joins a fireteam containing PC players (Steam, Microsoft Store), the fireteam will be matchmade into the PC player pool for the activity. Additionally, Trials of Osiris will require players to have Cross Play enabled to participate.”

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Can you disable cross-play in Destiny 2?

PlayStation players can disable cross-play simply by going to the in-game menu and disabling it.

Xbox players need to do a bit of legwork:

  • Navigate to Settings > General on the Xbox console itself
  • Online Safety & Family
  • Privacy & Online Safety
  • Xbox Privacy
  • View Details and Customize
  • Communication and Multiplayer
  • Set “You can join cross-network play” to “Block”
  • Set “You can communicate outside of Xbox with voice & text” to “Block”

Does Destiny 2 have cross-progression (cross-save)? (FAQ)

This is where Destiny 2 arguably shines the most. Full cross-progression is supported in Destiny 2, thanks to the Bungie.net account system. Basically all you need to do is log in at Bungie.net, go to your profile/settings, and link all of your applicable accounts: Bungie will do the rest. PlayStation, Steam and Xbox are supported (as was Stadia before that bit the bullet).

Here is how Bungie describes cross-progression, in their own words: “Cross Save enables you to choose one Destiny 2 player account (your Active Account) that you can access from wherever you choose to play. Although this is not a permanent action, we did build this new feature as something that players will activate just once to support a hobby that spans more than one platform where Destiny 2 can be played.”

Sadly, you cannot extend that same cross-progression system over to digital licenses. You will need to re-buy the content you want to play on all platforms, outside of season passes: “Destiny 2 expansions (ex: Forsaken, Shadowkeep) do not transfer between platforms with Cross Save. Destiny 2 Season Passes (ex: Season of the Undying) do move between platforms on the characters they were redeemed on.” There was an exception with Stadia, but since it’s dead forever, you won’t need to worry about it.

The same limitation goes for Silver (the microtransaction currency), which “must be spent on the platform it was purchased.”


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