Report: Destiny 2 cross-platform character transfer could have happened, but Sony got in the way

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It's been over three months since Bungie cut its ties with Activision (opens in new tab) to gain sole ownership of the Destiny (opens in new tab) IP, and any future sequels to Destiny 2 (opens in new tab), but the publisher behind Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 (opens in new tab) and Overwatch (opens in new tab) may not have been the only corporate entity the studio came up against during development of its first-person shooter series. 

According to Kotaku's Jason Schreier, speaking on a recent Splitscreen Podcast (opens in new tab) last week, Bungie had plans to allow for cross-platform character transfers in Destiny 2 between PC and PS4, but Sony had other ideas. "I heard that Bungie wanted to do character transfers for PS4, PC - before Destiny 2: Forsaken (opens in new tab) came out - but Sony wouldn't allow it", Schreier said. "Sony is just like, we want people to associate Destiny with PS4, even if that means screwing over other players. It sucks and hopefully Bungie ends it."

Sony has garnered a reputation as being relentlessly against the idea of cross-play (opens in new tab) and cross-platform progression, so the notion of it pouring cold water over Bungie's plans certainly checks out with the company's recent history. Over the last year or so, Sony has enabled PS4 cross-play (opens in new tab) on certain games like Fortnite (opens in new tab) but, next to the likes of Microsoft and Nintendo, the PlayStation nation is still leagues behind the curve. 

Luckily, Schreier's comments suggest Bungie now has the freedom to enable character transfers for any future Destiny products, as it is now one of the biggest independent game developers in the industry. The studio hasn't announced anything as of yet, as it's still running through its year two roadmap for Destiny 2, but perhaps - in five years time - we'll be creating our Warlock Guardian on a PS5 (opens in new tab) and preparing them for an endgame raid on the Xbox Project Scarlett (opens in new tab). Stranger things have happened, after all. 

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Alex Avard

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