Destiny 2 may live or die based on how well the game is able to deliver DLC and follow-up content, which will be key to the longterm success of the game. That’s according to Activision Publishing CEO Eric Hirshberg, speaking on an Activision’s earnings call about just how important it is that Destiny 2 delivers a steady stream of follow-up content to fans.
In the past Hirsberg has flat out said that he was unhappy with the lack of content that came out for Destiny 1, and it looks to be a major aspect Activision hopes to fix with the game’s developer, Bungie, this time around for the sequel. Hirshberg said that how well a game like Destiny 2 is supported post-launch is just as important, if not more so, than the launch game:
[M]aybe most importantly with a game like this, Destiny is so engaging that the follow-up content is almost as important, if not more important, as the main game.
Hirshberg continued saying that Activision hopes to remedy the lack of content Destiny 1 received post-launch by involving more big developers and studios from Activision, bringing them on to assist with Destiny 2:
[W]e’ve completely changed our approach to tackling that by widening our stable of AAA developers so that we can keep up with the demand.
Activision studios known to be working on Destiny 2 include High Moon Studios and Vicarious Visions. Hirshberg said that demand is already high for more content even before the game has launched, calling on the evidence of the high number of pre-orders the game has received, especially editions of the game that include the Expansion Pass.
The Expansion Pass will provide fans with two expansions within Destiny 2‘s first year, with early projections and leaks placing Expansion 1 in December and the second sometime in spring of 2018.
There were definitely low points along the way for Destiny 1, with content droughts feeling pretty long and dry for fans in certain parts of the game’s second and third years. While there’s no doubt Activision wants to ensure fans and investors that content will come out at a steady pace with the sequel, fans will have to wait and see if the publisher and developers can make good on all the talk as Destiny 2 continues its lifespan in the years ahead.
Destiny 2 releases on September 6, 2017 for PS4 and Xbox One, and on October 24 for PC.