When Bungie and Activision confirmed that Destiny 2 will be released on PC, gamers on the platform were ecstatic. Having watched PlayStation and Xbox players enjoy the first Destiny game for over two years, the sequel would finally give them a chance to play the first-person shooter that everybody had been raving about.
New data from industry research firm SuperData now reveals exactly how much that hype will pay off, suggesting that sales of Destiny 2 on PC could hit three million copies in just three months. Across PC and consoles, the firm expects Destiny 2 to sell between four and five million digital copies.
Interestingly, SuperData also suggests that Destiny 2 could be the most successful paid-for PC game since the release of Blizzard’s multiplayer shooter Overwatch. Destiny 2 will make use of the Blizzard app, which is also something which SuperData factored into its predictions. As Bungie’s new game will likely be promoted heavily on the platform ahead of its release, it will be interesting to see how much the Overwatch and Destiny 2 player bases end up overlapping.
Bungie and Activision will be ecstatic about the sales predictions given that PC gamers have not been totally satisfied with the companies’ plans for their version of the game. Not only will Destiny 2 release a month later on PC than its console counterparts, but fans have also voiced their frustration with the way that the recoil works on Destiny 2‘s PC version, something which temporarily caused a firestorm on social media.
The developer has made some good steps with PC players, though, including promises that Destiny 2 supports 4K and an uncapped framerate on PC. These are all key selling points for PC players and are actually deal-breakers for many, so Bungie may have done enough with PC-specific features to keep players on the platform satisfied.
There are still a few months left to find out whether the game will be able to achieve SuperData’s sales estimate. Bungie does have a challenge on its hands, including optimizing the game for a totally different platform and making post-launch balance changes based on two very different groups of players. However, if Destiny 2 on PC really is able to shift three million copies then the developer will feel as though that hard work is more than worth it.
Destiny 2 releases September 6, 2017 for PS4 and Xbox One, and October 24th for PC.