As part of today's big reveal, Bungie confirmed that Destiny 2 is getting cross save functionality this September with the launch of Destiny 2: Shadowkeep. Not only that: while recent rumors suggested that cross save would not be available on PS4, Destiny general manager Mark Noseworthy said the feature is coming to all platforms.
"Cross save is about taking Guardians you've created and being able to play them on any platform," Noseworthy said on stream. "We are super excited about that, and we know fans have been asking for a long time. Contrary to what you may have heard on the Internet, cross save is coming to all platforms: PS4, Xbox, PC, and Stadia. Bungie and Sony are working together to ensure that cross save comes to PS4 when Shadowkeep launches."
"For years we'd dodge the question, 'which platform should you play on?'" director Luke Smith added. "Our answer has always been that the best place to play Destiny is where your friends are. Cross save makes that statement true because you can go from PC to PS4 or wherever you want to play, wherever your group's raiding."
Together with the upcoming Destiny 2 free to play version called New Light, the addition of cross save functionality should make getting into Destiny 2 much easier. It will also allow players to power up their Guardians on the go via the Destiny 2 Google Stadia version. That said, it's important to note that we're only talking about bringing Guardians between platforms, not direct cross-platform matchmaking. Even so, cross saves will definitely help unite Destiny 2's community, to say nothing of cross-platform group-ups since, as far as we know, players will be able to transfer their Guardians an unlimited number of times. Speaking of which, here's a look at the prototype cross save transfer screen shown on stream:
With a united community in mind, Bungie is also ditching platform-exclusive content. Both Destiny 2 and Destiny featured multiple activities, weapons, and armor sets which were timed PS4 exclusives, but Smith said "we're not doing any of that stuff going forward." And once the time limit on the current crop of PS4-exclusives expires this September, that content will be available on all platforms.
"Another part we've had trouble with over the years is answering questions around exclusive content," Smith said. "We've had exclusive activities, exclusive weapons, things like that, and those things violate the single evolving world. We want to remove those barriers, so beginning this fall and going forward, there's no more exclusive activities, exclusive Exotic weapons, we're not doing any of that stuff going forward."
Speaking of platforms: a Destiny 2 Steam version is on the way, as Bungie finalizes its Activision Blizzard/Battle.net breakup.