Lot 2 developer Bungie has revealed tons of information about the game’s upcoming crossplay support in a blog post on Thursday afternoon. Let’s get this out of the way first: Bungie still doesn’t have an exact date for it when you can play with your friends on other platforms, but the studio promises that the feature will launch “early” in season 15, which is expected to start on August 24th.
Season 15 also brings a major change to ensure you have a lasting identity across crossplay platforms: a new Bungie Name system. Your Bungie name is generated from the name associated with the platform you first play Season 15 on, and will look something like PlayerName#1234. You can get a better idea of what it will look like in-game in this screenshot:
Bungie won’t have a name change feature available at the crossplay launch – that’s not expected until the winter. So make sure you play Season 15 on the platform first with the name you want to associate with your Bungie name.
The studio will put names through a moderation process to prevent offensive terms from seeping through, saying that characters in names that “we can’t display in-game or can’t be typed into the player’s search box via virtual console keyboards” will be removed. stripped.
Bungie also discussed how players on different platforms will be linked together at the launch of crossplay. For PvE modes, “there will be one global matchmaking pool,” Bungie says, but for competitive modes (Crucible, Iron Banner, Trials, and Gambit), matchmaking will proceed as follows:
- Match PC players with PC players
- Match console players with console players – especially Stadia players, who can use mouse and keyboard
- Fireteams with any mix of PC and console players will be matched with other PC players
However, this approach at launch may change at some point — Bungie says it “might not be the answer forever.”
One feature missing at launch is cross-platform voice chat, Bungie said. “We’ve run into some recent development issues and are currently working to make sure this experience is ready before it ships live,” Bungie said. The company considered delaying crossplay to ensure the feature was included, but chose to launch without it, adding it in an update “targeted shortly after Cross Play goes live.”
Bungie gives a lot more information about crossplay in its latest blog, and if you want to learn more I recommend taking a few minutes to read the whole thing.
Bungie confirmed in December that Lot 2 would get crossplay in 2021. But in May, some players had to try it out early when the studio accidentally turned the feature on for some players – a loophole finally closed. There was also an official crossplay beta later that month.