After its initial reveal last May, fans have been champing at the bit to get their hands on Destiny 2, to experience the new subclasses and find out how humanity recovers from the devastating Cabal attack on the Tower. The level of excitement was clearly evident after two beta tests, both of which saw huge player numbers, as well as feedback that was nearly universally positive. It should be of little surprise then that since the game’s launch last week, Bungie and Activision already have another massive hit on their hands.
A press release from Activision reveals that Destiny 2 hit a number of milestones in its first week of availability. After launching for Xbox One and PlayStation 4 on September 6, the title went on to have the biggest Day 1 Sales Globally for PlayStation Store and then went on to surpass the original Destiny’s records for engagement and digital sales during the launch week.
Things appear to be trending up for the shooter as players numbers continue to grow. Bungie CEO Pete Parsons added that the studio was blown away that Destiny 2 had eight days in a row with at least one-million concurrent players in the game world. Momentum should continue well into October as the highly anticipated PC version is set to arrive, which many are expecting to break additional records and further grow the franchise.
“With franchise pre-order records broken, and record day-one performance on PlayStation Store, it’s exciting to see engagement at the highest ever week-one concurrency for the franchise. Destiny 2 is off to a strong start as the #1 console gaming launch week of the year to date.”
To help keep these new players engaged for the long haul, Bungie has previously confirmed that it will be rolling out content at faster rates in an effort to avoid content droughts which often plagued the first game. The Leviathan Raid went live earlier this week, and Bungie is currently preparing the arrival of something called the Trials of the Nine, in addition to the return of monthly events like Iron Banner. Lastly, the first major expansion known as the Curse of Osiris is expected later this year, bringing with it a new world to discover, as well as missions and other content.
Destiny 2 is now available on PS4 and Xbox One, with a PC release scheduled for October 24, 2017 on PC.