As expected, Destiny 2 is a hit. Exactly how big? Activision isn’t saying. Companies like to use other metrics like ‘minutes watched on Twitch,’ ‘years played,’ or ‘preorder records broken’ to describe success these days. Still, today’s press release includes some good numbers. Let’s take a look.
1 million+ concurrent players. That means solid sales even if Activision won’t reveal them. Bungie CEO Pete Parsons says they have seen more than 1 million concurrent players eight days in a row. That is across two platforms (Xbox One and PS4), but it’s still impressive. There aren’t too many games out there pushing numbers like this. PUBG is one. League of Legends is another.
Those concurrent numbers are also higher than Destiny 1. “It’s exciting to see engagement at the highest ever week-one concurrency for the franchise,” says Activision CEO Eric Hirshberg. That’s not too surprising. The Xbox One and PS4 audiences have only grown since Destiny 1’s 2014 release.
Franchise pre-order record broken. Again, no surprise. A sequel to one of this generation’s most popular games? I would have been shocked if Destiny 2 didn’t smash Destiny 1’s pre-order numbers. Activision isn’t offering any solid numbers, though. Basically, Destiny 2 is doing good. How good? Maybe September’s NPD report will shed light on that.
600 million minutes watched on Twitch. Wednesday’s introduction of Destiny 2’s raid is going to help boost those numbers even more. It quickly shot up to the #1 position as popular streamers duked it out to become the first team to bring down the final boss.
Destiny 2 on PC. How many people will double dip like GTA V? I am. I can’t help it. Destiny 2 at 60 frames per second just feels too damn good. Sales should see a pretty sizable bump as the PC platform gets their first taste of the franchise. Destiny 2 hits PC on October 24.
When could we see solid numbers? Maybe September’s NPD report. After that, we should get a better idea of just much success Destiny 2 is seeing at Activision’s quarterly earnings.
Holiday 2017 is shaping up quite well for Activision. Destiny 2 fixed a lot of Destiny 1’s missteps. And Call of Duty is going back to its roots.
What do you think of Destiny 2? It managed to pry me away from PUBG. It’s not perfect, but Bungie knows how to make a shooter that plays fantastic.
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