As Bungie prepares for the launch of Destiny 2’s Forsaken expansion, the developer is spending a little time looking back. In its latest blog post, Bungie revealed some impressive stats from the game’s first year, including how many public events players have run, how many Faction Rally packages were collected, and how many waves of Escalation Protocol were completed.
But while most of these numbers were supposed to impress with how high they are, one stat surprised because of how low it is. According to Bungie, only 8,750 players claimed the Redrix’s Claymore pulse rifle.
The fact that less than 9,000 players earned the Crucible exclusive is staggering. While Bungie had intended for the weapon to require time, effort, and some skill, that’s .09% of the reported 9 million+ total players for Destiny 2. By comparison, 194,000 players have already claimed one of the more recent and harder to earn weapons in the game, the Whisper of the Worm sniper rifle, and it has only been available for 6 days.
The low player count can be attributed to a number of things. For starters, PvP in Destiny 2 is not as popular as it was in Destiny 1. Everything from the time to kill to the reliance on team-shooting has turned many players away from the Crucible, and a competitive environment isn’t going to make that much better. Additionally, matchmaking in the Competitive playlist only just started taking things like rank into account.
On top of that, the requirements for unlocking Redrix’s Claymore are certainly daunting for many players, especially those that don’t consider themselves top tier Crucible combatants. For some, getting to Fabled rank only took a few days, but for others the climb was sure to be slow and there was always the risk of losing rank rather than gaining.
When Bungie first announced Destiny 2’s ranking system and said that an exclusive weapon would be tied to hitting a certain rank in competitive, plenty of players acknowledged they were simply never going to get it. The grind seemed too steep and the chance of losing progress too daunting. Bungie even knew that not everyone would get the weapon, but less than 10,000 players putting forth the effort suggests there is some tinkering to be done. Luckily, Bungie’s Kevin Yanes has already said changes will come in the future.
Destiny 2: Forsaken releases September 4, 2018 for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.