Bungie has revealed the date Future 2 gamers will be capable of begin transferring accounts freely between platforms to be August 21st. That’s when the sport studio says it’s anticipating to launch cross-save help for the open-world shooter, a long-awaited function solely simply introduced again in early June. Bungie says it’s launching cross-save forward of its deliberate October enlargement Shadowkeep to “provide the time it’s worthwhile to hyperlink your accounts and get your pals lists sorted earlier than the launch of Shadowkeep and New Mild.”
Cross-save is only one of many optimistic modifications coming to Future 2 within the subsequent few months, albeit a function many gamers have requested for years and one which regarded unlikely to ever arrive. However since Bungie cut up with publishing companion Activision in January, the studio has been free to start out making extra substantial modifications to the way it develops and distributes the sport going ahead. That features partnering with Google for its launch of its cloud gaming platform Stadia later this fall, and the introduction of a free-to-play model of Future 2 referred to as New Mild.
Serving to the matter is the recognition and affect of Epic Video games’ Fortnite, which grew to become an enormous issue final 12 months in pressuring Sony to relent on blocking cross-progression for the hit battle royale sport between the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Swap platforms. Bungie reportedly satisfied Sony last-minute, the day earlier than it was scheduled to announce Shadowkeep again in June, to help its cross-save initiative, little question as a result of Sony has opened the floodgates due to Fortnite, Rocket League, and different titles.
Now, Future 2 gamers will be capable of take PS4 and Xbox accounts and migrate them to PC and vice versa, with gamers allowed to freely transfer between platforms every time they select. Bungie says the cross-save function will likely be a one-time motion, that means you gained’t need to undergo a course of each time you wish to log onto a brand new platform after transferring to a special one. It says it is going to additionally will let you disable it when you so select, however it is going to make you wait 90 days to reactivate to assist minimize down on account recoveries.
There are another restrictions. There gained’t be any cross-platform play to start out, so no collaborating in raids or Crucible multiplayer matches on PS4 with PC gamers. You’ll be caught with the platform inhabitants of no matter model of the sport you’re at present taking part in. You additionally gained’t be capable of transfer sport purchases or bought in-game foreign money (like silver) from one platform to a different, doubtless because of the platform cuts in place for operators like Sony and Microsoft. Meaning you’ll have to purchase expansions like Forsaken and the Season of Opulence on PC if you wish to entry that content material there, even when you already personal the software program on PS4.
Fortunately, with New Mild, Bungie will allow you to transfer your characters over to the free-to-play model of the sport launching in October. That means, you’ll solely must buy Shadowkeep on a second platform to play up-to-date content material throughout console and PC. (Shadowkeep gained’t require you to personal any earlier Future 2 enlargement to entry its missions, weapons, and different content material.) Bungie stresses you’ll additionally be capable of transfer each in-game merchandise with you as you turn platforms, so that you gained’t be leaving any weapons, armor, or different gear behind.