Bungie has released a short cross play beta into Destiny 2 which runs from 25-27th May 2021. This is contained to a strike playlist, and players from PC, Xbox, PlayStation, and Google Stadia can play together for the first time (officially) across different platforms. Today I am going to look at how to access the cross play beta in Destiny 2, plus how we can get the unique ‘stars crossed’ emblem for free.
Bungie said in their update last week:
“You are formally invited to the Destiny 2 Cross Play Beta. This will serve as a short, sweet, and important moment in the development of this feature.
From May 25 through May 27, a unique Vanguard Strikes Cross-Play Beta playlist will be available to all players in Destiny 2. You’ll be matchmade with Guardians playing on PlayStation, Xbox, Steam, and Stadia. As you fight through the enemy waves of Darkness, our teams will be scouring data and performing a multitude of actions to test the integrity of our upcoming Cross-Play system.
As a token of our appreciation for your time, any players who complete three strikes in the Vanguard Strikes Cross-Play Beta playlist will be rewarded with the unique ‘Stars Crossed’ emblem.”
To access the cross play beta, check out the new node on the Vanguard page, which you can access from the Destinations tab. Head into Vanguard, and then there’s a new node which you can select near the Vanguard Strikes node, and here you can jump into a strike playlist with crossplay enabled.
We cannot yet matchmake with our friends, this is a simple test in a small section of the game. This is going to help Bungie test the feature, as well as inform the development and test teams. For our troubles, we’re going to be getting a nice emblem, so it’s worth jumping in.
Cross play is going to include PC, Google Stadia, Xbox, and PlayStation. As far as I know, this is a regular strike playlist, so there are no new additions other than the crossplay feature. This feature is due to land in Season 15, which is mid-August 2021 and these are the first few steps towards the full feature across the whole game.
It’s an exciting time because many clans have been split up since the release of the PC version of the game, whereas before Destiny was only available on consoles. Cross play is going to bring many guardians back together, as well as introduce new friends to one another. For example, I know someone who plays on Google Stadia and I’d love to have a game with them, but given crossplay hasn’t been a thing until now, I can’t.
So jump in for the beta over the next few days and try it out.
Let me know down in the comments what you think of cross play. Does it work for you? Have you had any trouble? And do you see a good mix of platforms in the fireteams you have matchmade with?
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