Cross-platform character transfers have been a much needed feature in Destiny 2, let's go back to the beginning of the franchise. As many fans may agree, the ability for players to transfer their Guardian from console to PC, from PS4 to Xbox One, or vice versa, connects friends and communities significantly. Why Bungie did not follow up on character transfers in Destiny 2 It's a mystery, but new information seems to clearly indicate the root of the problem.
Speaking on Kotaku Splitscreen podcast, Jason Schreier Editor-in-Chief Destiny 2The absence of character transfer to a source: Sony. According to Schreier, Bungie "wanted to make character transfers" between platforms but Sony "did not allow it". As to why, Sony seemed to "want people to associate destiny with PS4. "
Sony and Activision have maintained a close partnership throughout the life of the destiny franchise. This partnership has allowed Bungie to provide a significant amount of exclusive content on the Sony PS4 and to deploy considerable marketing efforts from Sony. It is understandable that Sony is protecting this situation, but it is quite another thing to block the addition of a feature as important as the transfer of character on multiple platforms.
Sony's decision, while frustrating for destiny players, is consistent with previous decisions made by the PlayStation company, because one could argue that Sony has largely been the main opponent of the growing adoption of cross-platform game. Sony's current CEO, Jim Ryan, has already talked about cross-play, claiming that it was Sony's responsibility to keep players in their own PlayStation community.
Understanding what may have prevented Bungie from implementing character transfers in the past also gives insight into hope destinyThe future. Now that Bungie is becoming independent of Activision, it is quite possible that the partnership agreement with Sony is also coming to an end. Without the partnership, Bungie will be able to implement character transfers, cross-backups, and even cross-plays, if he wishesDestiny 2.
Destiny 2 is now available on PC, PS4 and Xbox One.