Activision Blizzard released various financial highlights from its past quarter, and Destiny 2 already has several worth sharing ahead of its initial September 6 launch. According to Destiny 2‘s publisher, the sequel is already tracking well ahead of its predecessor. The Destiny 2 console beta had more players than the Destiny beta in 2014, and pre-orders for Destiny 2 are already above the first game’s. That Destiny 2 is on-track to be successful is hardly surprising, but now might be the time to ask just how much success it’s capable of.
For perspective, Destiny‘s 2014 beta had 4.6 million players and was described by Activision as the “largest console beta for a new IP.” That Destiny 2 managed to cross 4.6 million players in its console beta alone is impressive, and will likely be even more impressive once the totals for the August 28 PC beta are added in. However, Overwatch garnered 9.7 million players across PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One in its beta, so Destiny 2 has its work cut out for itself.
Regarding pre-orders, the original Destiny was described as “the most pre-ordered new IP in history” on this date three years ago. Activision stating that Destiny 2‘s pre-orders exceed the prior game in the series is a bit misleading, though. Where the Destiny betas can be compared directly, since they were both limited to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, Destiny 2 pre-orders include the additional PC platform. While it’s more than likely that Destiny 2 console pre-orders are tracking ahead of Destiny‘s, it would have been nice for Activision to specify or provide additional detail.
One last bit of information Activision mentioned in today’s quarterly report is that Destiny 2 has by far the most digital mix of pre-orders in the publisher’s history. That means that more players are pre-ordering digital copies of the game than any Activision or Blizzard title yet. Again, this is not too surprising of a detail considering digital’s ever-increasing presence in the market, but interesting nonetheless. It’d be great if Activision would provide a percentage of total pre-orders that are digital, but they likely won’t so that retail partners aren’t offended.
These are exciting times for Activision with Destiny 2 tracking ahead of its predecessor, Blizzard having a record year through the first half of 2017, and Call of Duty: WW2 looking strong too. Activision’s quarterly report was positively brimming with confidence, and with good reason. Let’s just hope the games are as great as the hype is leading us to believe.
Destiny 2 launches on September 6 for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, followed by an October 24 launch on PC.
Source: Daniel Ahmad – Twitter