Destiny to Offer Free Console Family Digital Upgrade and Progress Sharing

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As Destiny‘s long-awaited launch looms (only a few more days to go!), Activision and Bungie have revealed an amazing cross-gen upgrade plan for the shared world shooter.

Instead of charging a fee to upgrade from a last-gen version of the game to a current-gen copy, gamers who buy a digital copy of Destiny on either PS3 or Xbox 360 will be able to download a free, second copy for PS4 or Xbox One. The upgrade applies only to consoles within the same family, so if you buy the 360 version you won’t be eligible for a free upgrade to the PS4, or vice versa. The upgrade offer, available for a limited time (apparently until January 15, 2015), will cover purchases of the digital base game, the digital Guardian Edition, and even the Expansion Pass DLC.

Best part of all, upgrading across generations will not erase access to the older platform, which means once you own it on PS3 or 360 and activate your free download of the PS4 or Xbox One version, your account ID will retain active, playable licenses on both consoles. Similarly, game progress and Guardian stats/gear will be shared within the same console family, so you won’t have to start over when switching consoles. Basically, it’s a one-way cross-buy, which is pretty damn sweet. Of course, the downer here is that you do have to buy digital, and you do have to buy last-gen first. But still, it’s a fantastic offer.

In other Destiny pre-launch hype this week, the game’s official website has been updated with a cool new feature called Planet View, powered by Google. Yep, it’s Google Maps for the Destiny universe. A trailer shows how it works below, or you can play around with it yourself at www.DestinyPlanetView.com. Below you will also find a new live action trailer.

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