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This Week At Bungie – 7/29/2021

This week at Bungie, we begin to prepare for Cross Play! 

Welcome to another installment of the TWAB. We have four more of these before the August 24 reveal! Wait a second... we only have four? Including this one? Oh wow. We have a bit to get through. 

Let’s start with something that’s going on in the game right now. Solstice of Heroes. Our annual Solstice event is coming to an end next Tuesday, August 3. You have a little under five days to complete your armor objectives. White glows don’t have a deadline, so if you’re still gathering orbs (and objectives), take your time. Dungeons, Raids, and Competitive Crucible objectives for the glows can be completed any time.

Still with me? Cool. Let’s start looking at the future. We hosted a beta for this a few months back, but we’re happy to share more details about an upcoming feature that players have been asking for since Destiny first arrived: Cross Play. 

Cross Play is Coming! 

In Season 15, Cross Play comes to life. Guardians across Xbox, PlayStation, PC, and Stadia will be able to join fireteams to take on the Darkness together. Boundaries will be broken and new friendships will be forged – no matter the platform. 
As we prepare for liftoff, the Cross Play Team is providing a quick tour of Cross Play. How do you add friends? How will matchmaking work? What will the UI look like? A bunch of answers will be found below! We’ll have a few images to help guide you through the user interface so you know what to expect at launch. Note: These previews will be in English, but the Cross Play UI will include all supported languages. Without further ado, let’s dive in.  

Cross Play Team: There are big changes afoot. So big, that I recommend getting a snack before starting this read. Back already? Okay, here we go. 

This is what we're going to cover: 
    • Your Guardian's Identity 
    • Naming Changes 
    • Bungie Friends 
    • Fireteam Invites and Multiplayer 
    • Privacy 
    • Cross Play Matchmaking 
    • Cross Play Communication 
    • The Cross Play Roadmap 

But First, You Deserve a Thank You! 

Early during Season 14, we crossed the platform streams and invited you to participate in a three-day Vanguard Strikes Cross Play matchmaking beta. Our goals were to prove early versions of our matchmaking changes, as well as test out connectivity for gameplay between the platforms. Numerous Guardians answered the call and helped us test out the backend of this upcoming feature! As it turned out, we may have accidentally left an unintended door open... oops. Even though we had to shut that down, we weren't the only ones who were delighted to finally hug our long-lost cross-platform friends in-game. Thank you for going on this journey with us. You helped build confidence in what we're delivering to the community in Season 15: full Cross Play across all Destiny 2 platforms.

Who Am I? 

In a Cross Play world that also supports Cross Save, it quickly became clear to us that we had a Guardian identity crisis. 

We didn't want the name over your Guardian's head to change based on where you logged into the game. We felt this fought against the fantasy of who you are in this new unified Destiny community. Even more concerning, we didn't want the names of your friends and clan mates to change based on where they logged into the game. Having to keep a who's-who cheat sheet of your friends’ names didn't meet our effortless bar for Cross Play.  

As such, we're converting everyone's name over to an identity that will remain consistent across all platforms you play from. We’re calling this your Bungie Name. While this will cause a one-time naming reshuffle, we feel this is better for everyone in the long run. Here’s how Bungie Names will work and look: 
  • "Bungie Name": PlayerName#1234 
  • "Display Name": PlayerName 
  • "Hash": # 
  • "Numeric ID": 1234 

Here's an example of a player tooltip in the Roster screen, surrounded by players from different platforms:

And an example of what players will look like in the Tower:

What's in a Name? 
As part of the creation of Bungie Names, we will be running all player names through a character filtration process and  an offensive term moderation process. First, we will be stripping out all characters that we are unable to display in the game or that can't be typed into the player search box via console virtual keyboards. This means some of the extended character sets we've supported for player names on Steam will no longer be able to be used. We will miss you, fellow Guardian [Hand Cannon][Sniper Rifle][Rocket Launcher], but we do want your console friends to be able to find you via player search.

It is possible that due to removing these characters, players will end up with empty names, or names that result in offensive terms. If your name ends up empty or includes a moderated term, you will find the quite unremarkable “Guardian[Random Number]” name over your character’s head. While we won’t have a name change feature at launch, we are working diligently to get you an early version of this feature this winter. We highly recommend you think carefully about what name you’d like to rock in Destiny 2 sooner rather than later, as we don’t want you to be stuck with a handle you’re not overly fond of when the name change feature goes live.  

You've Got Friends in Me 

The Bungie roster experience has always been an essential part of our games. For Cross Play we wanted to deliver that same simple experience, no matter where your friends might be playing. To make this happen we created a system to bridge the platforms called Bungie Friends. Now, we didn't want to add considerable complexity, so you'll still find all of your friends in one flat list. To make it a bit easier to find a specific friend, we've also added a platform filter. You can still see just the friends who are logged into the same platform as you.

You've always been able to have clan members across multiple platforms in Destiny 2, but finally with the launch of Cross Play you'll be able to see everyone who's online and team up to go earn your clan rewards. Hopefully there are some new friends to be made in your clan. 

The One Where You Find Your Friends 

Cross Play without an easy way to add new friends, well, doesn't get it done. As such, there are three different ways to add your friends from all platforms to your Bungie Friends. 

    • Log into Destiny 2 on a device where you want to turn platform friends into Bungie Friends, and then issue requests via our Roster screen. 
    • Search for your friends using player search on the Invite screen.  
    • Use friends finder, where you can link all of your platforms, and then issue Bungie Friends requests to all your platform friends.  

The friend finder will become available alongside Cross Play, and will be found at

So, let's talk about the in-game options... 

Have Friends, Will Fireteam 

In order to make fireteam invites work across all platforms, we've pulled all of the invite infrastructure into the game. When you get a fireteam invite you'll see an in-game invite notification. To accept the invite, you'll navigate to the Roster screen, then the invite section, and then interact with the invite to accept and join your fireteam. Notice that the Invite screen is where you can search for other Guardians, accept friend requests, and clan invites.

Teaming up with Potential New Friends 

Destiny is a game filled with aspirational content. To help players find each other, our community has built a series of external group finding forums and tools. Including our own Fireteam Finder, which can now issue fireteam invites to all platforms! When building Cross Play we wanted to make sure that our new fireteam invite system wasn't getting in the way to pulling together your fireteam. As such, the invite screen allows for players to search for each other and issue fireteam invites.  


That said, there are members of our community who experience targeted harassment. To help players protect themselves, we've added a block system so that players can protect themselves. . We've also added additional privacy tools so that players can protect themselves from broad harassment. Most of the social privacy settings can be accessed from the Roster screen, where you will have control over the different kinds of invites you're willing to see and consider. For the time being, your privacy setting for clan invites will still be controlled through your personal privacy settings, which can be found here:

While we’re on the subject, now is a good time to remind everyone of our Code of Conduct. Targeted harassment can result in account restrictions and bans. Be kind to each other, Guardians. 

A Level Playing Field 

In Cross Play we're striving to create a global community of Guardians. At the same time, Cross Play enabled us to ask a ton of questions about input methods, and how we create a level playing field in competitive modes. While the following might not be the answer forever, it will be our approach for matchmaking in competitive modes (Crucible, Iron Banner, Trials, Gambit) at Cross Play launch: 

  • PC players will match with other PC players. 
  • Console players will match with other console players. 
      • Note: Stadia will be in the Console pool.
  • Fireteams with any combination of PC players and console players will match in the PC player pool. 

For PvE modes, there will be one global matchmaking pool.  

Chatting With Your Friends 

When Cross Play releases, voice chat between platforms will not be enabled. We have run into some late-breaking issues with development and are currently working on making sure this experience is ready before shipping it live. We know this will create a less-than-ideal player experience out of the gate, and we even considered delaying Cross Play as a whole. Since we know that there is a lot of excitement and that the community will find ways to work around this in the interim, we decided to go ahead with the launch. We're currently targeting a fix for cross-platform voice chat in an update targeted for shortly after Cross Play goes live. 

We see text chat as a critical tool for player communication in our action MMO game. At Cross Play launch, text chat will still be available on Steam. From launch through The Witch Queen, we'll add text chat support across the console platforms. We'll start with displaying text, so that console players can at least see what their PC friends are talking about. And then we will add USB keyboard support, so that everyone can join in. Note: USB keyboards on consoles will only be for chat and will not be able to control your character.  

Launch is Just the Beginning 

Cross Play launch isn't the end of our ambition. There are a number of improvements we'll be bringing to the social experience of Cross Play leading up to The Witch Queen.  

      • Early Season 15 
          • Bungie Name and Bungie Friends 
          • Cross Platform Invites, Multiplayer, and Matchmaking 
          • Player Search and Social Privacy 
      • Soon after launch - Cross Platform Voice Chat 
      • Winter - Bungie  Name Changes 
      • Winter - Text Chat Display on Consoles 
      • Winter - Text Input Via USB Keyboards on Consoles 
      • Till We See Each Other Again, Using Cross Play! 

We're excited to gather all Guardians into one global community.  A lot of us play on different devices and have friends, coworkers, and clanmates that we haven’t played with in years. We can’t wait to hop into a raid or clear some GM Nightfalls with long lost friends. As always, we'll be listening across all of our channels for feedback! Thank you, and we can't wait for you to jump in and let us know what you think. 

The Cross Play Team 

So, there is one burning question we didn’t answer here. When exactly does Cross Play go live? The team is working hard to dot the i's and cross the t’s. Stay tuned, and we’ll let you know when the date is locked in.

Flying the Banner, One Last Time (This Season) 

Lord Saladin returns next week to host the final Iron Banner of the Season. Once the confetti and decorations from Solstice have been cleared, your power will be tested in Crucible combat. You’ve had nearly a full Season to reach the pinnacle cap, but Iron Banner bounties will still be available for those looking to catch up. 

Iron Banner 
Start: 10 AM PDT, August 3 
End: 10 AM PDT, August 10 

This will also be a final chance for the Season to earn some Iron Banner-themed rewards. Riiswalker and Archon's Thunder can be earned from the quest, as well as post-game drops and bounty completions. While these will continue to be available in Season 15, Lord Saladin is looking to bring a couple of new weapons into the fold, fit for an Iron Lord.

Alright, enough teasing. We have some points to capture. See you on Tuesday!  

Bungie Foundation Update: Giving Campaign Total 

Before we go any further, we’d like to take a moment to celebrate. When it comes to caring for the world at large, time and time again, you Guardians blow our expectations out of the water. Earlier this month, we hosted the Bungie Foundation Giving Campaign, and the Bungie Foundation has an update for you on how much was raised. Spoiler alert: it was a lot! 

Bungie Foundation: Earlier this month we celebrated Bungie Day, a beloved tradition that celebrates the best of our community – the camaraderie, the competition, and the care we all have for one another. This year we invited you to incorporate charitable giving into your festivities and you all stepped up in a big way! 

Because of each of you, we raised $822,000! Every single dollar will go directly to improving the health and wellbeing of children, uplifting the rights of all individuals and communities, and providing aid to people all over the world in times of crisis. 

Many of you earned one or more in-game items as a thank you for your donations. As a reminder, those prize tiers are as follows: 
      • $10+: “The Bungie Foundation” emblem. 
      • $25+: Above, plus the NEW “Circadian Guard” emblem. 
      • $50+: Above, plus NEW Exotic “Buoyant Shell.”  
      • $75+: Above, plus NEW Exotic “Tiny Tank.”  

As of today, these codes have made their way to your inboxes! You’ll find an email from the Bungie Foundation to the email address you used to make your donation. Remember, if you don’t see it in your Inbox, you may need to check your spam, promotions, or updates folders. Once codes are redeemed, you will find the Bungie Foundation emblem under Collections>Flair>General. You can pick up your Circadian Guard emblem, Buoyant Shell Ghost, and Tiny Tank emote from the Cryptarch in the Tower!  

As a reminder, to be eligible for the in-game items listed above, donations must have been made to this campaign between July 7 and July 20 at 11:59 PM PDT. Donors received one unique redemption code per in-game item, per email for qualifying donations. 

To say thank you is an understatement for the gratitude we feel for each of you who have answered the call in supporting those in our immediate and extended community. The Bungie community both saves and changes lives in truly profound ways, and we hope you feel enormous pride in the great work you are a part of. 

The Bungie Foundation 

Supporting the Player, one TWAB at a Time 


With each TWAB, our Player Support team provides a list of high-priority information for you to consume. Bug tracks, active investigations, Hotfix notes, and more. Without them, we’d be lost in the dark without a heading. 

This is their report. 


Early in Season 15, Cross Play will go live. When players log in for the first time to play Season 15, the name on whatever platform they log in on will become their Bungie Name for when Cross Play goes live. Players should begin thinking about what name they’d like to use since name changes won’t be available with the launch of Cross Play. 


Migration of accounts and orders have taken longer than anticipated to our updated Bungie Store, resulting in players being unable to reset their passwords or locate their orders. We’re continuing to migrate everything over and hope to have a resolution soon.  

Due to these issues, we are extending the deadline to receive the free exclusive in-game emblem, New Blue, to August 13, 11:59 PM PDT. Emails with codes will be distributed on August 20. For those who reset their password before July 31, 11:59 PM PDT, email codes will be sent out on August 6. 


Earlier today, we released Update It includes: 

      • An issue that allowed a small number of players to circumvent fireteam privacy settings on Steam has been resolved.  
      • The eyes on the Ghoyster Exotic Ghost Shell should now be visible on all platforms. 
      • Master Vault of Glass loot lockouts have been separated from Normal. Both are now available independently each week. Pinnacle loot will only drop from the first weekly clear regardless of difficulty. 


While we continue investigating various known issues, here is a list of the latest issues that were reported to us in our #Help Forum:  

      • There is a visual issue with Helmets when using the Praefectus Cloak ornament. 
      • The Bombardiers bomb detonations deal no damage to active Supers. 
      • The Metro Shift shader may not unlock when purchasing the Year-1 Shader Bundle. 
      • Video settings that have been turned offrevert when restarting Destiny 2. 

For a full list of emergent issues in Destiny 2, players can review our Known Issues article. Players who observe other issues should report them to our #Help forum


Some of us have been playing games for a long time. Graphics have evolved to the point where it’s becoming difficult to tell what’s real and what’s in the game. First pick this week takes Destiny back to a time where things were a bit more pixelated, but still just as fun. 

Movie of the Week: Destiny 1993

Movie of the Week: One Bonk to Rule Them All 

Make sure to provide a link to your account in the description of your video. Without it, we have no idea where to send your freshly earned MOTW emblem.

Night is Returning 

Summer Solstice has come and gone here in the States. The days are growing shorter. Night is reclaiming lost time. The Big Dark, as it’s known in Seattle, will soon take the throne. As we begin to lose the light, we embrace a few awesome pieces made by community artists this week that fit the tone. 

Art of the Week: Oh Reader Mine 

Art of the Week: Darkness 

As always, throw #DestinyArt or #Destiny2Art whenever posting your works. If they land a spot in the TWAB, you’ll receive a fun in-game emblem for your troubles. 

Chances are that by the time this TWAB is out, I'll be on my way to an airport. Spending some time this weekend with family back home, as I haven’t had an opportunity to spend time with them since late 2019. It’s been a long time, and I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t filled to the brim with excitement. Between this trip and our upcoming 8/24 reveal, it’s almost too much to handle. 

I have to admit, this visit may be a little bittersweet. We’ll more than likely share stories of isolation, vaccination availability, and take a moment to remember those who we’ve lost over the last year to COVID-19 and its rising variants. 

As we continue to live through this pandemic, please be safe and show care for those around you. Mask up, snag a vaccine if you’re able to, and do what you can to help stop the spread. We’re all in this together, and we’ll get through it if we each do our part. 
Much love, 
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