When Bungie announced that Destiny 2 would be featuring cross save on every platform under the sun (even PS4), a lot of people most have lost their shit and assumed that meant cross-play too.
I mean, I didn’t, because I’m not stupid. Cross save and cross-play mean two totally different things, right? RIGHT!?!
I’m assuming that most people agree with this, as I’m a believer that people are generally smart. However, enough dimwits must have thought otherwise, so Bungie had to take to their boards and set things straight.
Q: Will Destiny 2 support cross-play matchmaking between different platforms? A: No. Each platform will have its own matchmaking pool.
Got it! But surely there will be cross-play on the Stadia.
Q: Will Stadia feature cross-play with Steam or other platforms? A: Stadia is its own ecosystem, just like current existing platforms. Stadia players will only be able to play with other Stadia players.
Intrepid dataminers, which I imagine are hardcore hackers, who have multiple monitors, really clicky keyboards, and smoke cigarettes strangely, have found out what’s in store for Destiny 2‘s Fall Expansion.
You’re going to be battling wizards on the fucking moon again in Shadowkeep. I’m getting nostalgic for Peter Dinklage’s deadpan voice over.
Bungie and Activision are no longer an item. Bungie will extricate themselves from their Activision overlords, and they are taking Destiny with them. No news if Activsion will get to visit Destiny during weekends.
The news was first announced on the official Bungie blog.
“When we first launched our partnership with Activision in 2010, the gaming industry was in a pretty different place. As an independent studio setting out to build a brand new experience, we wanted a partner willing to take a big leap of faith with us. We had a vision for Destiny that we believed in, but to launch a game of that magnitude, we needed the support of an established publishing partner.
With Activision, we created something special. To date, Destiny has delivered a combination of over 50 million games and expansions to players all around the world. More importantly, we’ve also witnessed a remarkable community – tens of millions of Guardians strong – rise up and embrace Destiny, to play together, to make and share memories, and even to do truly great things that reach far beyond the game we share, to deliver a positive impact on people’s everyday lives.
We have enjoyed a successful eight-year run and would like to thank Activision for their partnership on Destiny. Looking ahead, we’re excited to announce plans for Activision to transfer publishing rights for Destiny to Bungie. With our remarkable Destiny community, we are ready to publish on our own, while Activision will increase their focus on owned IP projects.
The planned transition process is already underway in its early stages, with Bungie and Activision both committed to making sure the handoff is as seamless as possible.
With Forsaken, we’ve learned, and listened, and leaned in to what we believe our players want from a great Destiny experience. Rest assured there is more of that on the way. We’ll continue to deliver on the existing Destiny roadmap, and we’re looking forward to releasing more seasonal experiences in the coming months, as well as surprising our community with some exciting announcements about what lies beyond.
Thank you so much for your continued support. Our success is owed in no small part to the incredible community of players who have graced our worlds with light and life. We know self-publishing won’t be easy; there’s still much for us to learn as we grow as an independent, global studio, but we see unbounded opportunities and potential in Destiny. We know that new adventures await us all on new worlds filled with mystery, adventure, and hope. We hope you’ll join us there.
See you starside. “
Official Bungie Blog
Activision also chimed in via Twitter:
Well, it least they’re making it appear like it’s an amicable split.
Bungie’s getting more help on their flagship Destiny series. Vicarious Visions have now joined the fray. The announcement was made via Facebook.
“Vicarious Visions is excited to announced that we are partnering with Bungie to further expand the Award-Winning Destiny Universe,”
Vicarious Visions, known for titles like Guitar Hero, Skylanders, and Transformers, will be pitching in on Destiny and I’m assuming Destiny 2. They are joining Bungie of course, as well as High Moon Studios, which has worked on the Transformers, Deadpool, and Call of Duty series for Activision.