SuperData declares Destiny 2 the ‘fastest selling digital console game in history’

SuperData’s September 2017 video gaming market global revenue analysis should make Bungie happy, whether or not it was bleeding players ahead of the Destiny 2 PC launch, because hey, Bungie got your money already: Destiny 2 rocketed to the top of the console charts, becoming “the fastest selling digital console game in history.” Presumably, we’ll see it crop up under PC in the next few months as yesterday’s launch is taken into account.

The PC side of SuperData’s report won’t surprise you, since it trickled out early yesterday: PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds pushed up to #4 in global revenue, passing up Crossfire, an Asian online shooter that’s been in the top four for many years. Divinity: Original Sin 2 also entered the list, pushing Dota 2 off and proving, SuperData suggests, that “single-player games still have a draw with consumers.” Pokemon Go, meanwhile, once again dropped out of the mobile top 10.

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rafterman

Gotta love the way people try and twist good Destiny news as being bad. The first game was ridiculously popular and sold like hotcakes, but the haters would have you believe it was a failure. The sequel comes out to all this sales doom and gloom, only to see those hot takes look awful in retrospect with both this news AND the NPD report that D2 outsold the original in its first month.

Destiny 2 was the top-selling game in September, driving more launch month consumer spend than any other 2017 release to date. With one month of sales, Destiny 2 also becomes the best-selling game of 2017 year to date, and the third best-selling game of the 12-month rolling period ending September 2017, trailing only Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare and Battlefield 1. Destiny 2 combined consumer spend across packaged and digital also exceeded the launch month sales of the previous title in the franchise, Destiny, which released in September 2014.

The facts don’t align with what the detractors would like you to believe. Even before the PC release Destiny 2 was a juggernaut.

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Armsbend

You will never find a more dismal Fall season for video game releases than 2017. Each year it gets worse – but this one is legendary in how bad it is.

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XSetiX

Divinity original sin 2 is one of the best games I’ve played in 30 years of gaming.

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Armsbend

A small handful of games is a poor showing for once used to be the most anticipated time of the year.

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rafterman

You’re not much of a gamer if you can’t find, minimum, a half dozen fall titles worth playing.

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Hirku

I’m very happy to see Divinity: Original Sin 2 on there. First time in a while that a SuperData list hasn’t depressed me.

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sirsam

Destiny 2 isn’t even a game though. A game consists of some sort of challenge, albeit however small. Destiny 2 has 0 challenge.

Superdata get your facts right. DESTINY 2 THE ‘FASTEST SELLING DIGITAL CONSOLE….THING IN HISTORY’

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rafael12104

Hmm. From a broader point of view, it is disconcerting that NBA2K 18 is so high on the list given that games microtransactions shenanigans.

Do the digital sale figures include cash shops, loot boxes and the like?

It doesn’t surprise me that Desitny 2 is at the top of the list for consoles, at least at this point. Let’s see how it fares when the new Call of Duty hits the market.

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Bannex

Def a fun game so far. The areas and public events are pretty fun, feels a lot more like an mmo than the last one tbh.

I’ve heard it gets boring after a week but I guess I don’t see how the core game has changed since d1.

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Michael

Divinity 2 was built from the ground up based around Multiplayer. It is a huge component of that game…

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Estranged

Not surprising. All this “bleeding” effect is sorta common in gaming. We bounce from game to game. However, I’m happy, finding a group is never an issue.

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A Dad Supreme

Destiny 2 rocketed to the top of the console charts, becoming “the fastest selling digital console game in history.”

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deekay_plus

i mean i heavily doubt it compares to gta5’s sales considering gta5 is in the top 5 top selling games of all time list and without being bundled with a box like the others.

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Sray

This fastest selling, not best selling. All it means is that Destiny 2 has hit digital sales mark X faster than anyone else. It makes for a nice claim of success to.your investors, but doesn’t necessarily mean anything of real significance: they can sell a bunch of games really fast and then have the sales dry up, or it can just keep chugging along, but it’s too early to tell.

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deekay_plus

their own (bungie/acti) metrics don’t even indicate they’ve outsold the average wow expac let alone day one sales for other console blockbusters even platform exclusive ones.

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Sray

Digital sales. X number of days, Y number of digital units, and Dedtiny 2 has apparently hit Y faster than anyone else. This is only saying fastest digital sales on consoles, and given that physical media still dominates the console sphere the actual number might not sound as impressive as other numbers Activision-Blizzard has been publishing and doesn’t mean they’ve outsold anyone in terms of day one etc.

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deekay_plus

so destiny 2 which bungie has yet to claim has outsold a wow expansion sales of 3.5 units pushed day 1 in their own brag numbers outsold day 1 gta5 sales of 12 million copies day 1?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_fastest-selling_products#Video_games

this is by far not the fastest selling console game in history. it probably rates in teh top 20, but considering that d1 had better day 1 sales than d2 it’s rather unlikely to be the fastest again in history if maybe this year.

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Sray

Digital sales. This is only claiming digital sales. You’re comparing digital plus physical versus digital only.

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deekay_plus

well than they can’t make the claim they’re making. hands down it’s fallacious af.

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Sray

Not really. If it was, for example, the first console game to pass 1 million digital units sold in one week, then it’s a legitimate claim.

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Sally Bowls

I guess I could believe D2 could catch GTA. In addition to SC’s points below (e.g. increasing preorder), note this is “DIGITAL CONSOLE GAME ” The industry trends are that digital is an increasing % of sales. So the older GTA could have sold more copies (digital and boxed, pc and console) than D2 but fewer digital console copies.

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deekay_plus

dol you think maybe becasue rockstar/take two didn’t report digital sales?

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Sally Bowls

No, market research firms are in the business of estimating sales regardless of how much the vendor cooperates. In fact, if every company reported sales, nobody would need to buy market research.

I think it is quite believable that when you remove PC and physical console sales then the remaining digital console sales have GTA behind D2, although both were impressive. My guess is that trends mean the digital % of GTA 6 will be higher than 5. Ofc, I don’t quite understand why the digital % isn’t 100%

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Sray

Something else about getting the title of “fastest selling digital console release” is that it’s kind of like getting the fastest Time Spy benchmark score: we’re talking about a record that gets broken 3 to 6 times per year due to an expanding market; so it’s impressive but fleeting, and not unexpected when it does happen.

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Sally Bowls

When I see Superlative Adjective Noun, I cynically and usually correctly assume the superlative would not be true without the adjectives.E.g., the bestselling zombie-lightsaber game of all time or the bestselling game of 2017 are probably not the bestselling game of all time

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Schmidt.Capela

This is the pre-order phenomenon. All pre-orders are counted as day 1 sales, and games are getting an increasingly large part of their total sales from their pre-orders.

As for GTA V, it seems to have a sales pattern closer to the “evergreen” one, which means sales keep going strong months, perhaps even years after launch. Which is a trait shared by all the games at the top of the best selling list.

BTW, GTA V was sold bundled with both the PS4 and the XBox One. Many of the bundled games in the list are like that, in that they were used to drive sales of the console, and not the other way around.

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