Destiny 2 – Cross Play Details Including Bungie Name, Friends, Fireteam Invites and Multiplayer

Bungie was back this week with their This Week At Bungie update and it focuses on Crossplay coming sometime in Season 15. We’ve got plenty to go through including naming changes, Bungie Friends, Fireteam invites, and multiplayer as well as matchmaking, communication, and a roadmap for Crossplay features.

This is what we’re going to cover:

Your Guardian’s Identity
Naming Changes
Bungie Friends
Fireteam Invites and Multiplayer
Privacy
Cross Play Matchmaking
Cross Play Communication
The Cross Play Roadmap

Who Am I?

In a Cross Play world that also supports Cross Save, it quickly became clear to us that we had a Guardian identity crisis.

We didn’t want the name over your Guardian’s head to change based on where you logged into the game. We felt this fought against the fantasy of who you are in this new unified Destiny community. Even more concerning, we didn’t want the names of your friends and clanmates to change based on where they logged into the game. Having to keep a who’s-who cheat sheet of your friends names didn’t meet our effortless bar for Cross Play.

As such, we’re converting everyone’s name over to an identity that will remain consistent across all platforms you play from. We’re calling this your Bungie Name. While this will cause a one-time naming reshuffle, we feel this is better for everyone in the long run. Here’s how Bungie Names will work and look:
“Bungie Name”: PlayerName#1234
“Display Name”: PlayerName
“Hash”: #
“Numeric ID”: 1234

What’s in a Name?

As part of the creation of Bungie Names, we will be running all player names through a character filtration process and an offensive term moderation process. First, we will be stripping out all characters that we are unable to display in the game or that can’t be typed into the player search box via console virtual keyboards. This means some of the extended character sets we’ve supported for player names on Steam will no longer be able to be used. We will miss you, fellow Guardian [Hand Cannon][Sniper Rifle][Rocket Launcher], but we do want your console friends to be able to find you via player search.

It is possible that due to removing these characters, players will end up with empty names, or names that result in offensive terms. If your name ends up empty or includes a moderated term, you will find the quite unremarkable “Guardian[Random Number]” name over your character’s head. While we won’t have a name change feature at launch, we are working diligently to get you an early version of this feature this winter. We highly recommend you think carefully about what name you’d like to rock in Destiny 2 sooner rather than later, as we don’t want you to be stuck with a handle you’re not overly fond of when the name change feature goes live.

You’ve Got Friends in Me

The Bungie roster experience has always been an essential part of our games. For Cross Play we wanted to deliver that same simple experience, no matter where your friends might be playing. To make this happen we created a system to bridge the platforms called Bungie Friends. Now, we didn’t want to add considerable complexity, so you’ll still find all of your friends in one flat list. To make it a bit easier to find a specific friend, we’ve also added a platform filter. You can still see just the friends who are logged into the same platform as you.

You’ve always been able to have clan members across multiple platforms in Destiny 2, but finally, with the launch of Cross Play you’ll be able to see everyone who’s online and team up to go earn your clan rewards. Hopefully, there are some new friends to be made in your clan.

The One Where You Find Your Friends

Cross Play without an easy way to add new friends, well, doesn’t get it done. As such, there are three different ways to add your friends from all platforms to your Bungie Friends.

Log into Destiny 2 on a device where you want to turn platform friends into Bungie Friends, and then issue requests via our Roster screen.
Search for your friends using player search on the Invite screen. Use Bungie.net friends finder, where you can link all of your platforms, and then issue Bungie Friends requests to all your platform friends.

The Bungie.net friend finder will become available alongside Cross Play, and will be found at https://www.bungie.net/friends.

So, let’s talk about the in-game options…

Have Friends, Will Fireteam

In order to make fireteam invites work across all platforms, we’ve pulled all of the invite infrastructures into the game. When you get a fireteam invite you’ll see an in-game invite notification. To accept the invite, you’ll navigate to the Roster screen, then the invite section, and then interact with the invite to accept and join your fireteam. Notice that the Invite screen is where you can search for other Guardians, accept friend requests, and clan invites.

Teaming up with Potential New Friends

Destiny is a game filled with aspirational content. To help players find each other, our community has built a series of the external group-finding forums and tools. Including our own Fireteam Finder, which can now issue fireteam invites to all platforms! When building Cross Play we wanted to make sure that our new fireteam invite system wasn’t getting in the way of pulling together your fireteam. As such, the invite screen allows players to search for each other and issue fireteam invites.

That said, there are members of our community who experience targeted harassment. To help players protect themselves, we’ve added a block system so that players can protect themselves. . We’ve also added additional privacy tools so that players can protect themselves from broad harassment. Most of the social privacy settings can be accessed from the Roster screen, where you will have control over the different kinds of invites you’re willing to see and consider. For the time being, your privacy setting for clan invites will still be controlled through your personal Bungie.net privacy settings.

While we’re on the subject, now is a good time to remind everyone of our Code of Conduct. Targeted harassment can result in account restrictions and bans. Be kind to each other, Guardians.

A Level Playing Field

In Cross Play we’re striving to create a global community of Guardians. At the same time, Cross Play enabled us to ask a ton of questions about input methods, and how we create a level playing field in competitive modes. While the following might not be the answer forever, it will be our approach for matchmaking in competitive modes (Crucible, Iron Banner, Trials, Gambit) at Cross Play launch:

  • PC players will match with other PC players.
  • Console players will match with other console players.
  • Note: Stadia will be in the Console pool.
  • Fireteams with any combination of PC players and console players will match in the PC player pool.

For PvE modes, there will be one global matchmaking pool.

Chatting With Your Friends

When Cross Play releases, voice chat between platforms will not be enabled. We have run into some late-breaking issues with development and are currently working on making sure this experience is ready before shipping it live. We know this will create a less-than-ideal player experience out of the gate, and we even considered delaying Cross Play as a whole. Since we know that there is a lot of excitement and that the community will find ways to work around this in the interim, we decided to go ahead with the launch. We’re currently targeting a fix for cross-platform voice chat in an update targeted for shortly after Cross Play goes live.

We see text chat as a critical tool for player communication in our action MMO game. At Cross Play launch, text chat will still be available on Steam. From launch through The Witch Queen, we’ll add text chat support across the console platforms. We’ll start with displaying text so that console players can at least see what their PC friends are talking about. And then we will add USB keyboard support so that everyone can join in. Note: USB keyboards on consoles will only be for chat and will not be able to control your character.

Launch is Just the Beginning

Cross Play launch isn’t the end of our ambition. There are a number of improvements we’ll be bringing to the social experience of Cross Play leading up to The Witch Queen.

Early Season 15
Bungie Name and Bungie Friends
Cross Platform Invites, Multiplayer, and Matchmaking
Player Search and Social Privacy
Soon after launch – Cross Platform Voice Chat
Winter – Bungie Name Changes
Winter – Text Chat Display on Consoles
Winter – Text Input Via USB Keyboards on Consoles
Till We See Each Other Again, Using Cross Play!

We’re excited to gather all Guardians into one global community. A lot of us play on different devices and have friends, coworkers, and clanmates that we haven’t played with in years. We can’t wait to hop into a raid or clear some GM Nightfalls with long lost friends. As always, we’ll be listening across all of our channels for feedback! Thank you, and we can’t wait for you to jump in and let us know what you think.

The Cross Play Team

So, there is one burning question we didn’t answer here. When exactly does Cross Play go live? The team is working hard to dot the i’s and cross the t’s. Stay tuned, and we’ll let you know when the date is locked in.

That’s it for the update and the details about Crossplay in Destiny 2. Let me know in the comments what you think of Crossplay.