Cross-play is coming to Destiny 2, and this time they mean it. Bungie has announced a cross-play beta will run next week from 25th to 27th May, uniting PlayStation, Xbox, Steam and Stadia players through a specific matchmaking playlist.
In order to take part, you’ll have to play the specific ‘Vanguard Strikes Cross Play Beta’ playlist in order to join the matchmaking queue. Completing three strikes in this playlist will reward you with this lovely Stars Crossed emblem:
It’s an exceedingly limited test for now, as Bungie don’t plan to fully enable the systems until the next Season in the game, which is a few months away. They’re specifically targeting matchmaking systems first, and will surely have further betas that expand the feature set to include forming a fireteam for a cross-play activity and sending invites to friends on other platforms.
Though we’ve known that Bungie were working on cross-play for quite some time, the company has been keeping relatively quiet about when it would happen. That was until they accidentally enabled cross-play alongside the launch of the Season of the Splicer. They patched that capability out again, so that they could control the feature’s rollout and testing.
Bungie has been gradually breaking down the barriers between platforms, first with cross-save being introduced in 2019, allowing you to take your characters and progression between platforms. They eventually announced the cross-play would be coming this year, though it’s a long-term goal for them to accomplish.
The announcement comes just as Bungie are reintroducing the classic Vault of Glass raid from the original Destiny into the sequel. Vault of Glass will launch with Contest Mode enabled for 24 hours, as well as a newly unlocked Challenge Mode, a curated list of Triumphs that will be how a fireteam crosses the World First finish line and claims their prize.