Two weeks ago, Google has announced the details about their upcoming cloud-based game streaming platform Google Stadia alongside its first games. One of the games announced was Bungie’s Destiny 2. This week, new information surfaced, and it appears that Stadia’s Destiny 2 players won’t be able to cross-play the game with other platforms.
We’ve already written about the future of Destiny 2 and how Bungie is hoping to include cross-play across all platforms. However, cloud-based Google Stadia is not a part of these plans. As found on Google Stadia’s FAQ section, players of the game will only be able to team up with other Stadia players. The specific question in the FAQ section notes “Stadia players will only be able to play with other Stadia players.”
Given the nature of cloud-based gaming and Stadia’s monthly pricing, this shouldn’t be surprising. In order to play Destiny 2, PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One players have to purchase the game separately while Google Stadia players will get the game for their subscription fee. Different pricing means different servers…
While such news doesn’t really help to build the image of the new gaming platform it also shows that Google has a lot of faith in their platform’s ability to sustain a healthy number of players. Destiny 2 is an MMO game and, like any MMO, it needs a lot of players to keep the game active.
Destiny 2 on Stadia will launch alongside the platform. However, if you played Destiny 2 before, you should also keep in mind that you won’t be able to transfer your existing characters to the new platform.