2019 was a big year for Destiny 2, with legendary developer Bungie parting from publisher Activision at the start of the year, moving to Steam, and releasing a sizeable new expansion, Shadowkeep, in October before moving to a seasonal content model with a very generous free-to-play version.
The game is arguably in the best state it's been in since launching in 2017, with a wealth of content between New Light, the new base version, and the Forsaken and Shadowkeep expansions and near-constant updates.
With a sizeable online community split across four platforms (don't forget Stadia), the community have understandably looked to the future to hypothesise about the game's next steps with a new console generation on the way.
The original Destiny launched in 2014, and after players poured thousands of hours into it, Destiny 2 controversially didn't allow any progress to carry over – meaning all paid-for content and expansions were also lost.
With the move to new consoles, will Bungie destroy all of our hard-earned gear all over again? Or will our stuff carry across? Will the game ever come to the PS5 and Xbox Series X?
Is Destiny 2 coming to PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series?
It's hard to say with any certainty, but we think there's a very good chance. Given Bungie's enthusiasm for Stadia (with Destiny 2 being one of the streaming service's early tentpole titles), the developer is clearly happy to bring the game to new platforms.
That said, early rumours have suggested both PS5 and Series X will launch with at least some degree of Backwards Compatibility – meaning you may be able to play the exact same game as you can right now, potentially with slightly improved graphics and other bells and whistles.
Then again, it might not be that easy. Destiny's online-focused nature means that it could be difficult to keep iterating on a game once it begins running on fresh hardware (although we'd love shorter loading times, please). There's also the chance that the game would need to be held back creatively to be playable on the new consoles.
We'd imagine given the PC version's versatility and scaleable visuals that the new consoles would unlock the 30fps framerate – but there's no real telling.
What about Destiny 3?
The original Destiny was envisioned as a ten-year product, but with the sequel coming in 2017, Bungie isn't afraid to introduce another title.
However, the developer has stated a desire to support Destiny 2 for the foreseeable future (confirming a five-year roadmap in September 2019), but that doesn't mean a third game isn't on the cards and being actively worked on – time will tell, but we'd be very surprised to see a third Destiny game at the launch of the new consoles.
What about our loot?
As we mentioned earlier, Destiny 2 got rid of all of our weapons – meaning we lost everything when moving over to the sequel (yes, even Gjallarhorn).
While Bungie claimed the move was necessary (calling it "the best path forward" ), losing all the gear we'd earned across the universe (or bought from Xur) was a disappointment, to say the least. That said, we wouldn't expect the same to happen again.
With Cross-Save allowing players to jump between PS4, Xbox One, PC and Stadia with the same character, we'd anticipate the same holding true of the next-generation versions of Destiny 2 (if, of course, there are any).
If there's a Destiny 3, though, expect your gear to drop in power to level the playing field. Hopefully, Bungie continues to improve the infusion economy so we can boost our favourites.
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