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Report: Sony blocked Destiny 2 character transfers between platforms

Updated June 5, 2019: Destiny 2 may get cross-save support with the "Shadowkeep" expansion.

Cross-play and cross-progression are slowly becoming industry standards, but many games don't allow character transfers. However, it seems like at least one developer — Bungie — wanted to incorporate them in Destiny 2, but Sony wouldn't allow it.

Speaking during a podcast, Kotaku's Jason Schreier said the following. This quote was first reported by Eurogamer. It looks like Sony didn't want players leaving the PlayStation 4 (PS4) ecosystem and going to Microsoft's platforms.

I heard that Bungie wanted to do character transfers for PS4 and PC — before Destiny 2: Forsaken came out — but Sony wouldn't allow it. 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.

Given the fact that Sony now allows cross-play on select titles like Fortnite, hopefully this will change in the near future. Unfortunately, given the company's massive sales lead over the competition, it seems unlikely because the company has no incentive. That might change soon because next-generation system are around the corner.

What do you think about this statement from Schreier? Would you like the ability to transfer your characters over from PS4 to PC or Xbox One? Let us know.

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24 Comments
  • I remember when Sony was making fun of MS for their digital plan at Xbox one launch trying to make us believe they were pro gamer... Out of all the gaming platform sellers they've always been the lesser gamer interest oriented... They are to gaming what Mcdonald is to culinary art... A giant with no taste...
  • Do people know the term hearsay? That's what this is. This isn't conclusive in any way, shape or form. It may very well be true, given Sony's previous stance on cross platform but no one should actually be taking this information anywhere close to as fact.
  • Kotaku's Jason Schreier is reputable and knows pretty much everyone. It’s the website which broken the Anthem debacle and much more. At this point they’re never wrong.
  • Don't is way better than Microsoft any day and in every way. Don't don't give up and Microsoft do. There lost and still trying to find themselves. As good as windows mobile was they gave up. I now am a happy Android user 🥰🥰🥰. Sold my Xbox and now a happy PS4 God Of War lover 🥰🥰🥰. Microsoft needs to just die. I have up on them like they gave up on themselves.
  • I'm really attempting to understand this, but just keep failing.
  • Dude. What are you smoking?
  • Very bad weed... Next question?
  • My man... You sound like a Simpleton!
  • Best Translation: Sony is way better than Microsoft any day and in every way. Sony don't give up and Microsoft do. There lost and still trying to find themselves. As good as windows mobile was they gave up. I now am a happy Android user 🥰🥰🥰. Sold my Xbox and now a happy PS4 God Of War lover 🥰🥰🥰. Microsoft needs to just die. I have up on them like they gave up on themselves. My Interpretation: Henry W Sands is disatisfied that Microsoft gave up on Windows Phone (a platform they appeared to enjoy) and has decided to not use Microsoft products or services any more as a result.
  • Sony doesn't give up?
    Look at PSV, pretty much got abandoned in 2016.
    VAIO, Memory Card, MD, UMD, Xperia is dying (losing more than gaming is gaining) and there're a lotta more niche ones...
  • What happened to the PSP?
  • Thanks. Who knew you speak Henry W Sands.
    You have to agree though, he hates MSFT and did not mince words.
  • Let's not give up on English, people
  • This is what happens when you post drunk
  • Good guy Sony just looking out for everyone's best interest.
  • Not surprised at all.
  • "for the players"
  • "Greatness awaits". I'm sure nobody is really surprised by Sony's smug attitude anymore. They even charge people for gamertag name changes. I also read somewhere that they've removed digital download cards from brick and mortar game stores so you are forced to download/buy digital games from their online store only. "For the payers".
  • ... And Microsoft doesn't change for Gamertag name changes?
  • I've changed my gamertag name in the past with no charges. Looks like they've updated their policy but it appears you still get one free change. So ya. Care to respond to my other points made? "you can change the gamertag one time for free. Additional Xbox Live gamertag changes cost extra."
  • They only give you a free one now because they assign you one off the bat. You can no longer choose one initially. This has been like this for at least halfway through the 360 life cycle(so over 6 years ago) . I seem to remember having it a policy before the Slim released, though it could have been after. I can't respond to your other point you made as I am a Xbox user and I don't buy codes in stores even if I used Sony or Nintendo products, sorry.
  • That's a fair point.
  • sony...those cheeky monkeys. always up to some mischief
  • I guess, it's because D2 is not heavy enough (and D2 can't just pull ps4 support) :p
    FN + Epic on the other hand, Sony can't live without it.