Game developer Bungie has confirmed that Destiny 2 will be landing on Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5.
Bungie made the official announcement by way of a reply to a tweet by Xbox. Hours earlier, Microsoft’s gaming brand had posted on its official Twitter page a video thanking all the game creator partners that are currently developing new titles for Xbox Series X.
Bungie, which is included among the partners, gamely responded.
Destiny 2 will be on next-gen platforms! More details to come. pic.twitter.com/1ZZqGZjjjg
— Bungie (@Bungie) May 7, 2020
It bears noting, however, that while Bungie did confirm Destiny 2’s debut on next-gen consoles in the months to come, the U.S. gaming company has not provided any specific time frame yet.
Making the jump to next-gen platforms
Right now, Destiny 2 is made available on Xbox One and PlayStation 4. As for its predecessor, Destiny, it is on those two platforms too, as well as on older consoles, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.
So it’s not really that surprising for Bungie’s second Destiny title to also land soon on Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 in the near future.
But for some gamers out there, especially die-hard fans of the award-winning online multiplayer first-person shooter game, there are some questions.
Chief among those questions is whether users who already have the Xbox One or PlayStation 4 versions of Destiny 2 will still be able to play the game on the Xbox Series X or PlayStation 5 platforms.
As noted by The Verge, these players should still be able to do so based on backward compatibility.
If it’s any consolation to gamers who are dealing with this kind of situation, Microsoft did clarify back in February that its upcoming Xbox Series X will be able to play games from older Xbox versions.
As for Sony, the company also made it clear more than a month ago that the PlayStation 5 will come with support for a vast majority of titles currently on PlayStation 4. For some added context, there are over 4,000 games on PS4 right now.
Other concerns for gamers
In June of last year, Bungie had decided to transform Destiny 2 into a free-to-play game. Then about eight months later, the company incorporated a seasonal battle pass ala Fortnite. A new cross-saving feature was also implemented in August, which allowed players to shift accounts between Xbox, PC, and PlayStation 4.
With regards to the ability to move accounts from older versions to next-gen consoles, many expect that to be a no-brainer. But the bigger concern for some is whether users on next-gen platforms will be able to play with or against others who are using previous generation consoles.
On the subject of cross-saving, while it is true that folks can shift their account to another console, they are still required to purchase separate licenses if they want to enjoy access to in-game content on a different platform. With the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 consoles soon coming into play in that situation, well, let’s just say that things might get a bit more complicated than they already are.