On Thursday, June 6, both Google and Bungie will hold livestreams to lead into E3 2019. Google will be unveiling details about its Stadia video game cloud streaming service while Bungie will be detailing its plans for Destiny 2's future in Year 3. Those two events landing on the same date may not be wholly a coincidence, it seems. New reporting claims that Bungie will be partnering with Google to not only offer Destiny 2 on Stadia, but also offer cross-save so players can transfer their progress to the new platform.
According to Kotaku's Jason Schreier, five different sources have confirmed that Destiny 2 will be available on Google Stadia's cloud gaming service. This will allow Stadia users to play Destiny 2 from a myriad of devices via a browser or app, regardless of the platform's hardware strength. It'd be much like streaming a video. With a new rumored Destiny 2 expansion, Shadowkeep, in place for release this fall, it'd be quite the opportunity for new players to try the game out via Google Stadia.
Given that Destiny 2 is coming to its second anniversary, however, many current players would likely be averse to the idea of starting over on the Google Stadia platform. That's why the idea of cross-save is so important. Current players could easily transfer over their Destiny 2 progress to Google Stadia so they could play on their laptop while on vacation, then come home and transfer their progress back to their PC account.
The one negative bit of news about this partnership is that Destiny 2 cross-saves may not be fully supported across all Destiny 2 platforms. While cross-saves are reportedly being supported on PC, Xbox One, and Google Stadia, support on PlayStation 4 is apparently still up in the air. Rumors have swirled that it was Sony, through its Destiny 2 marketing partnership with Activision, who prevented cross-saves from being implemented earlier. Sony may very well be continuing to fight such efforts now that Bungie has split from Activision.
For now, consider the news about Destiny 2 on Google Stadia and cross-saves as unofficial. Given the source of the report, this news is credible. However, much can change in the days before an announcement. Luckily, Bungie and Google will likely be making the news official tomorrow, June 6. Google's stream will begin at 9:00 am PT and Bungie's livestream will start at 10:00 am PT.
Destiny 2 is available now on PC, PS4, and Xbox One. Google Stadia is planned to launch later this year.