Destiny 2 free-to-play model explained by Bungie

Destiny 2 free-to-play model explained by Bungie

Destiny 2 free-to-play model explained by Bungie

With Destiny 2 coming to Google Stadia, some players may have been hoping that it would allow cross-platform play with players on PC.

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. They will not be able to play with their peers on PC. Instead of having to play through all of the prior expansions to take part in Shadowkeep, for example, players will be able to jump right in. Google also has no policy in place that's preventing cross-play with PC. With Destiny 2 going free-to-play, Bungie has been reevaluating how it wants to release the expansions to its player base. Player count might not be as big a deal for a single-player title like Assassin's Creed Odyssey, but in Destiny 2, the existence of other players is actually vital to the game's experience. There was no explanation as to the reasoning for this, however we have been hearing some details, although understandably not many, about the special hardware and software architectures that Stadia's servers will utilize - so it seems likely to be a bridge too far now. We'd be looking to include every platform.

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Destiny 2 launched on September 6th, 2017 for PS4 and Xbox One. "So it's like the way the industry and the way our players are evolving is making us look at the kinds of games we make, and then that's the thing that's pivoting us into those new directions". While this is excellent news for fans who have not played the game yet, there's a catch.

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