Destiny has finally added private matches, allowing players to sidestep Bungie’s curated selection of playlists for their own take on competitive multiplayer, allowing you to select specific maps, modes and more against your friends. As well as reviving multiplayer as the game enters its third year, it opens the door to plenty of new ways to play Crucible, and earn certain Bounty and Grimoire rewards differently too.
As part of the Rise of Iron September update, all Destiny players – regardless of what expansions they have, including Rise of Iron – can participate in Private Matches. To set up a match, go into the Crucible playlist menu, select the central option, and you can then select a mode, map and change other settings.
As the name suggests, you cannot matchmake in Private Matches – you can only play against those in your Fireteam – but can play with up to 12 people at once, with a maximum of six per side. You can also go in solo, too.